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Pajama Party!

The Sewcialists have declared July lingerie sewing month and I’m more than happy to participate. I’ve been busy making pajamas and loungewear for several months now. Despite this I haven’t managed a single blog picture! So I enlisted the help of my Mom (who has also been sewing up PJs like crazy) to document all of our pajama sewing.


Up first… I’m wearing True Bias Hudson pants and a knit Scout tee. My Hudsons are in a poly sweater knit. For this version I stuck close to the pattern. Love it! Mom is also in a Scout tee and her bottoms are Butterick B5829 View E. This is her perfect combo so all of her sets are B5829 and Scout. These are in a rayon jersey.


Mom is in True Camo cotton knit featuring a wheat print. These prints are kind of a cross between nature photography and camo, aren’t they? Anyway, they make awesome pajamas! I’m in another pair of Hudsons – this time in a cotton terry. I left out the drawstring but otherwise stuck with the pattern. Paired with my favorite Plantain muscle tee.


I’m in another pair of Hudsons but this time I mixed it up with a rayon. I used the woven variation that Kelly posted. The fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Sinister Swarm. The first time I saw this fabric I thought “must be pajamas…” Mom’s are a rayon knit. And I think we both scored our fabric on sale from Stonemountain.


Our final pairs. Mom is sporting Anna Maria Horner now. And this time my Hudsons are a size smaller and made without cuffs or drawstring. Recognize the fabric? Same sweater knit as the contrast color in the first pair. And worn with a Plantain tee.


So what can we conclude from our pajama party? First, it’s great to sew your own lounge wear. Obviously don’t be shy about prints or colors. And once you find your perfect pajama pattern you may not want to stray! What about you? Do you make your own pajamas?

Mom – Butterick B5829 View E sz S, Grainline Scout Tee sz 0
Me – True Bias Hudson pants sz 6 waist graded to sz 10 hips (light grey pair is sz 4 graded to sz 8), front crotch shortened ~1″, woven pair are sz 10 waist graded to sz 14

Refashion with Mom

Perfect timing on Repurpose Reuse Refashion hosted by Amy at sewamysew.

A little over a month ago my husband decided to get rid of some rayon batik shirts that were too big. Into the donation bag they went until I thought about how nice it is to wear rayon and wondered if I couldn’t refashion one or two. I mentioned this to my Mom so she took a couple home with her to see what she could do…

Here’s what we started with:
Refashion with Mom - Before

And here’s what we ended up with:
Refashion with Mom - Green and Red

You’ll notice these are different shirts. That’s because there are many, many refashioned shirts now. So we decided to show you just a few of our favorites. The one on the left is one of my husband’s former shirts. Once we transformed all 12 of my husband’s shirts we moved on to shirts from thrift stores (op shops) and yard sales. It was really fun to pick out shirts with interesting prints.

“Hey – is that a pineapple on your shirt?”
Refashion with Mom - Pineapple Shirts

And some cool black and white prints:
Refashion with Mom - Black and White

So, how were these transformed? Using the bodice from Butterick 5526 the shirts were cut down to a much smaller size. The cute sleeves were sewn with the sleeve from McCalls 6035. The collar and button placket are all from the original shirts – amazing how much time that saves. Altogether a straightforward and very satisfying transformation. Which explains how we ended up with 30 (yes, 30) shirts!

Here’s the full collection in all it’s repurposed, reused, refashioned glory:
Refashion with Mom - Rack of Shirts

A huge thank you to my husband for his shirts and his photography skills!