March 31, 2015

I rarely sew with quilting cottons because I don’t quilt. I have been a little obsessed with some of Cotton & Steels fabric line so I was looking for an opportunity to sew with them. When the Carolyn pajamas pattern was released by the talented Heather of Closet Case Files I knew this was the perfect opportunity.  I ordered my two favorites – the August Lion in coral and the Octopus lawn in teal from to make a couple of sets.  I sewed up the lions first and made view C for the first try.

The pattern is marked intermediate and I would say that is pretty accurate, especially if you choose to use piping. The instructions were very clear so it wasn’t hard to put together, but it does take some attention to detail and patience to get the collar right and all of the piping inserted in the right places.  I have not sewn a lot with piping before so I definitely learned a few things.

The fit was perfect straight off. I was really happy about that. Somehow, even though the fit is somewhat boxy, it ends up pretty flattering. This was meant to be a bit of a trial run for when I use the octopus fabric and sew up View B (long sleeves and pants version), but I don’t think that I will need to make any changes to the fit at all.

I didn’t have enough fabric to pattern match all of the seams that I wanted, but I at least got center front and the pocket right for the top, which I think was most important. I do recommend choosing a fabric that does not require a ton of matching.  Especially with all of the cuffs it began to become quite the headache.  You will notice that I didn’t succeed with the matching in a lot of areas, but I am not going to let that bother me.  I love my new pjs and have already slept in them twice.  Now I just need to decide if I should sew up the octopus version right away since the instructions are fresh in my mind, or wait until the weather is getting cold again.

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  • Reply Meg March 31, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Lovely! Your piping looks great…

    • Reply True Bias March 31, 2015 at 12:59 PM

      thans meg! that piping what not super fun, but i love the affect.

  • Reply oonaballoona March 31, 2015 at 8:47 AM


    • Reply True Bias March 31, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      well, its pretty tame compared to what you usually make, but its crazy for me. its fun sewin on the wild side 🙂

  • Reply Heather Lou March 31, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I actually swore out loud when I saw how perfect and adorable these are (your face doesn’t hurt). So glad to see them made up in this fabric – I’ve been obsessed with it!

    • Reply True Bias March 31, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      well i will call it a success then! seriously love this pattern so much. well done my friend.

  • Reply Katie March 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Super cute!!! I love the lions – and a good use to finally use quilting cotton (especially Cotton + Steel). I can’t wait to make view C!

    • Reply True Bias March 31, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      thanks. i know i love cotton and steel. i hope they do more rayons in the future. you should totally make view c.

  • Reply christine March 31, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    LOVE! I have a handful of fabrics set aside for these pj’s too and I agree, it’s a perfect pattern for those quilting cotton prints that you love but don’t feel quite right wearing out of the house. So cute!!!

  • Reply Lucy March 31, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    They are AMAZING! Also, boy do I hear you with the pattern matching…

  • Reply Heather March 31, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    These look fantastic on you Kelli and what a great fabric choice!! I can’t wait to see the Octopus ones too!

  • Reply Kat @ House of Lane March 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Lions!!! How freaking awesome. I love these pjs. I don’t know if I’d have the patience for all that piping. It looks fantastic!

  • Reply Amanda March 31, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Gah! That fabric is too fierce with the piping (yeah, lame lion puns are available here!) Super cute and way to get to use quilting cotton- it looks like the perfect weight for this 😀

  • Reply poppykettle April 1, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Gorgeous set! I haven’t seen a version of this that looks bad in any way – the details like the cuffs and the piping are so sweet. Awesome prints always help too 😉

  • Reply Laurel April 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    These are great! I’ve been working on a set of caroline pjs so thanks for the extra motivation to get them done 🙂

  • Reply frenie April 2, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    I LOVE your version! Amazingpatterns for sewing.

  • Reply Ginger April 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    These are CRAZY cute!!!!!

  • Reply Liza Jane April 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Ah, love it! I’ve admired those cotton and steel prints, too. I almost bought some of that octopus lawn the other day.

  • Reply Sarah - Fabric Tragic April 3, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Very cute, and your piping is spot on.

  • Reply frenie April 9, 2015 at 4:15 AM

    Great sewing patterns tutorial! I’m sure I could use it in so many instances.

  • Reply Suzanne April 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    I love these pajamas so much. The short sleeve/boxers with the lions is perfection.

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