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Monkey Print Carolyn Pyjamas

I really love the Carolyn Pyjama Pattern by closet files. As soon as I finished my ones in a cotton lawn from Minerva, I immediately wanted to make another pair in a cosy brushed cotton. This time I tried the shorts part of the pattern out with this cosy funky monkey print Flannel Fabric.

This fabric is 100% cotton so I pre-washed the fabric to ensure they would not shrink. The fabric was a tricky customer to lay out. The soft texture meant it was hard to get flat and lay out the fabric without it dragging the piece underneath so lots of time is needed to cut out when using brushed cotton. Because I was concentrating so much on getting the fabric folded flat on the grain I seem to have accidentally cut my monkeys upside down, in that they are crawling up me rather than cheekily dangling down me! Anyway, no dramas...

I made a set this time using the simplest of pattern choices. No piping or cuffs, just a simple set in a fun fabric. There is no need to make smaller pattern pieces and wear headless monkeys. The fabric was more stable than lawn so pressing was a dream and they came together really easily with all notches matching. The fabric does not have any stretch or movement so I cut a 14 when I would normally wear a 12.

I overlocked every piece before I started following the instructions as well as marking all notches and dots with a water soluble pen. This helps for a smooth enjoyable sew.

They are a great fit and are so cosy. In conclusion, if you are cutting monkeys, lamas or any other fun character fabric be sure to have them up the right way round before you cut your pieces. As it is, I was lucky that these PJ's won't be worn out of the house!

Thanks for a great fabric. Jo xxx

Three Stories High

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Georgette “Allsorts”

I’m so excited to share with you my first make for the Minerva Crafts Blog, this tiered georgette dress. One of my absolute favourite RTW dresses of all time is made from georgette, however I’ve never used it myself so I was a little nervous. I shouldn’t have been - it was lovely to work with.

I made this dress with Minerva’s plain Single Georgette Fabric in Jade Green, Berry and Magenta, and I’ve appropriately nicknamed it my “liquorice allsorts” dress. Can you see why?

For the bodice, I used the Scout Tee pattern from Grainline Studio. This my favourite bodice pattern that I have reworked with an FBA and other adjustments over time. I cropped it to the shorten/lengthen line on the pattern piece and added under bust and back darts. I find this suits my hourglass shape better to give my waist more definition.

To achieve the skirt tiers, I worked with the length of the fabric width wise which is approximately 60”/150cm and made the panels 30cm/12” tall. This created panels that were: 150cm X 30cm or 60” X 12”. For the first magenta tier I used just one of this panels, for the berry tier I used two.

As this fabric was sheer, it was necessary to do multiple different seam techniques. For the bodice and the skirt panels, I Frenched all the joining seams. For the raw edges around the neckband and arm’s, I used a narrow hem, folding the same width twice. The seams needed to be even as the fabric is sheer you can see them from the outside of the dress. Check it out below: the top image is the outside and the bottom the inside. See, so neat!

To finish the edges of the tiers I wanted an option where you can see the gathers on the outside of the dress. After experimentation, I decided a rolled hem was the best option for this fabric. By using this, the seams were not only functional but also fun and beautiful.

The only problem I ran into when making this dress was that it showed water marks from the splutter my iron let off. To avoid this, I made sure I ran the steam of my iron before I applied it to the fabric.

Since making this dress I’ve used it both as a beach dress with no slip, and dressed it up! I feel it's about to become a staple in my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading,

Katie @kaleidoscopekatie_

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Solina Denim Dress

Hello everybody!

My name is Sylvia and I am excited to share my latest project with you. One of my goals this year is to make at least half of the patterns in the Breaking the Pattern book by Named I purchased last year. When I received this gorgeous polycotton Denim Fabric from Minerva, I knew what the perfect pattern for it would be.

Fabric Details

Minerva never fails me in the fabric department and this fabric was no different! This dark blue plain washed Polycotton Denim Fabric fabric is 70% cotton, 30% polyester. It is non-stretch, very soft, and has a beautiful drape, which makes it great for tops, skirts, and dresses like the one I have made.

There was no fuss working with this fabric, which is a plus for me. This classic polycotton denim comes in three different shades: blue, dark blue, and navy blue. Honestly, there so many patterns this fabric would have been perfect for but I ultimately chose to make a dress.

Pattern Details

The Solina Dress is one of the patterns in the Breaking the Pattern book by Named, a Finnish clothing pattern label. The dress is midi-length, with a mandarin collar and pleats tied at the front. It also features a front slit and ties on the long sleeve version.

The most challenging part of prepping this pattern for sewing (especially for beginner sewers) is tracing out the pattern from the book but once that is done, it is such a breeze to sew. It only has five pieces and is an easy sew.

Modifications: The original pattern has a mandarin collar as the neckline but I chose to leave that out and sew a regular neckline, finishing it with bias tape. I also chose to sew short sleeves instead of the long sleeve version. I feel that my short sleeve version is more versatile for all seasons and I will be able to get more wear out of it. Because of my modifications and elimination of the mandarin collar, I only used four pattern pieces.

Styling

I think I chose the perfect fabric for this simple yet elegant dress and there are so many ways this piece can be styled. For my first wear I chose to pair it with thrifted wool jacket and sandals heels, for a more classic and elegant look.

Happy Sewing!

Sylvia @ The Ravel Out

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The Clare Coat by Closet Case Patterns

Hi everyone!! I'm Isa from Uma Crafter Portuguesa com certeza and I'm thrilled to be back on Minerva reviewing one of their lovely coating fabrics. Confession time - I never made a coat before so this review call was just the push I needed to get started. I chose to review the herringbone-ish, twill weave brown and cream wool blend Coating Fabric, and I must say it behaved beautifully. 
To pre-treat my fabric, instead of washing I pre-shrunk my fabric with a damp towel and a lot of steam (I can't say it shrunk much but it didn't get ruined either). This was suggested by the pattern I chose - the Clare Coat by Closet Case Patterns. I went with view B, but added the zip suggested in view A. The pattern is really cute and has a lovely swing coat, 60-ish vibe, even in this version.
The fabric is really well structured, but to give it even a bit more structure and keep any winter chill at bay I interlined the fabric with cotton flannel, something like this Fabric. This feels like a proper hefty winter coat. I'm in love!! 
If you want to dip your toes in coat making do get your hands on some pressing aids - these help your fabric mold into the crispest of seams. I used my Tailors HamSleeve Roll, a good pressing cloth to protect your fabric (my favourite is silk organza), and a clapper to hold the heat in the fabric. 
The pattern is a great intro to coat making, and it has a accompanying sew along to help with all the tiny details, I do recommend it to anyone starting out in coats. Other than the added zip to this version I made my usual fit adjustments - an FBA, and blending in lines for different sizes on bust, waist and hip. While sewing, because my fabric was interlined and became extra bulky, I cut out my darts, otherwise they wouldn't behave properly inside the coat. Here are some more pictures from every view possible:
Thanks for reading,
Isa @ umacrafterportuguesacomcerteza
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My New Jammies

When this Fabric arrived everyone who saw it had an idea of what it should become, which is an indication of how fabulous it is, I mean, normally people just ask when I am moving the fabric pile.
This piece though could have been a shirt for my husband a scarf for my mum, a tunic (again for my mum, she is dropping some heavy hints), a pair of capes for a pair of small boys, a bed for a cat, you get the picture. The only thing that people in the house agreed on is that it is too nice for pyjamas.
Anyway here are my new jammies, I love them, I love sleeping in them, hanging about in them and even better I loved sewing them. The fabric is honestly lovely, it is so bright and cheerful that it made me really happy to be sewing and I sewed them up in one sitting on a very dark cold Friday evening.
The fabric is very light, very stable and easy to deal with, it doesn't move unless you tell it to, which makes for an easy sew.
I thought it might be a bit see through when worn because it is so light, but it doesn't seem to be.
I prewashed and didn't notice shrinkage, it got softer I think and it does crease in a nice way.  
Because of the strong black check through it every few inches you will need to order more fabric to match the lines, although I think it could look good mismatched, depends on your preference! I gave matching a good go, and I think I did ok. I like how the black lines run vertically through the top and bottoms, it is a happy accident - no input from me at all!
I chose Butterick 6296 for the trousers. They are perfect. I have sewn a couple of other PJ trouser patterns but nothing that ticks all the boxes like this one does, good pockets and they fit nicely, so nicely that I am considering a pair in a crepe work wear type suiting fabric (not so secret pyjamas fpr the office right there).
The binding round the bottom is a cool new find for me, I used Atelier Brunette Viscose Piping in tangerine from Minerva and it is very soft and fluid different entirely from the cotton piping I have previously used. It was the only difficult bit of the sew and I haven't done it very neatly, I am considering a piping foot for next time because the zipper foot didn't seem to want to get close enough for a neat finish - if anyone has any tips on that please comment below....
The top is Marilla Walker Roberts Collection top, which I have made before and again I love it. Very simple, I cut the back on the fold and left out the design lines. I did add a little pocket to try out the technique, I just used the pattern from the B6296 top, I like it.
It takes very little fabric and is super comfy.
I did consider making the button shirt top from B6296 but I am not convinced that I would enjoy sleeping with buttons, just sounds uncomfy. I might try in future but not with fabric as lovely as this for a first attempt!
So my mum still needs her tunic and my husband a shirt but I have the best PJs in the house, and outside of the house and probably in work if I can get away with it.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
Kirstan @kirstsg
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My First Pair of Non-Elasticated Waisted Trousers

Hi there, its Rebecca and I'm back with a blog post using a Denim Fabric from Minerva to make my first pair of non-elasticated waisted trousers.
I've been thinking about making trousers/jeans for a while now and when I saw this fabric, the McCalls M7726 jumped into my mind and I couldn't stop thinking about making a denim pair of paperbag waisted trousers. I've had the pattern a while and have seen lots of great pairs popping up in the sewing community, so I decided to go for it. I chose view B.
Fabric  
The fabric is a Plain Washed Polycotton Denim, I have the navy colour way. The composition is 70% cotton and 30% polyester and I washed it at 40 degrees and tumble dried it as this is how I will be laundering it. The fabric is a medium weight and handles and sews really well. I used a 'jeans' needle in my sewing machine and my overlocker to finish my seams. 
Pattern
The M7726 is quite a popular pattern and I have been tempted to make it for a while, but it being a 'Big four' pattern made me hesitate, as I have read the ease in these patterns can cause fitting issues. Seeing this fabric made me go for it though and I'm so glad I did. I decided to make View B, as I think these will fit in with a lot of my me made tops. This is only my second Big Four pattern I have made and my first pair of trousers that don't have an elasticated waist so I made a toile. I didn't make a full toile, I didn't add the pockets and I shortened the legs to mid thigh. I also omitted adding the zip at this point, basically I wanted to check it would fit my bum and hips.
The instructions are less involved than most indie patterns I have sewn, however this wasn't an issue until I came to adding the zip! I had just recently made a jean skirt with a zip front, and this McCall's pattern did not fit the zip as I had expected. I found the instructions very confusing and was left baffled by them for a while. After a good hour or two and some unpicking I finally had inserted the zip. I made sure I basted from the large circle, I hadn't done this but basted a 1.5cm allowance as I carried on from stitching the front section, and after instruction 10,B (where you press the left extension to the inside) unpick the basting stitches you made in 10,A. 
The instructions do not mention to interface the zip area, which I did and would do again to add stability. 
The Fit 
I made a size 14, my hip measurement is 43.5 inches and the size 14 is 44.5 inches. The size 16 is 46.5 inches, and I felt this would be too baggy around my hips for the fit I wanted, so toiled the 14 using a 1cm seam allowance when joining the side seams (everywhere else I used the recommended 1.5cm seam allowance). Being a paperbag waisted trouser and the 8 pleats I didn't worry about my waist measurement. The front pleats were less than the pattern recommended and I added more to the back pleats till the waisted fitted, and I love the paperbag waist. 
I had read that others had tapered the legs as they come up large, and they do! Following trying them on I started my tapering on the outside of the leg 16cm down from the waist and tapered out to 3cm width at the bottom, and from a couple of cm's down from crotch on the inside leg to 3cms width at the bottom. 
The pockets are amazing, they are so roomy! I should mention that I used a cotton lawn scrap for my inside pocket as I felt the denim would be too thick. 
So here they are my first proper trousers and I love them, I wore them out today on a family pantomime trip, they are so comfy and flattering. The hubby and my eldest little one were also very complimentary too. My favourite make for Minerva so far and the fabric is lovely, I would defiantly use it again.
Thanks for reading
Rebecca x
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I Do Love A Great Floral!

Hello again dear readers!  I'm so happy to be back here with my second project. 

Since just after Christmas we have had a brutal winter here on the Canadian prairies - crazy windchills - let me tell you I am well and truly over -45C to -50C temperatures - and if it isn't ridiculously bone-chilling cold it is snowing and blowing.  (Disclaimer - I tried to wait for the weather to warm up because I love to take my photos outside even if there's several feet of snow on the ground but we're under constant and what feels like never ending "extreme cold warnings" and I am just not that brave! So my hallway wall had to suffice, which makes for somewhat abysmal lighting, but no risk of frostbite in seconds, so you know lesser of two evils and all)... 

Because of the wintery weather I have been wearing all the layers and day after day of pants.  Which if you've followed me on my own blog or Instagram at all you'll already know that I'm very much more fond of dresses than pants.

I'm also very, very fond of florals.  Actually it goes well beyond fondness and swings towards obsession.  It's not a "florals are in" right now kind of thing, it's a life long love.  I simply cannot resist them.  I spent the entire year of grade ten wearing a skirt that featured huge pink cabbage roses and could have easily stood in for some elderly grandmother's sofa or drapery. (Ok - maybe it wasn't the best choice of a floral print, but I adored that skirt). 

So combine my near desperation for spring, a disdain for pants, a life long love of a floral print along with Minerva having so many gorgeous florals to choose from is what has led me to be writing this post today!

This floral Jersey Fabric is so soft and drapey, with such a beautiful print that I knew it had to be a dress.  Its lightweight but not too thin.  And even after tossing it in the washing machine and dryer it's not lost any of it's vibrant colour.  I wanted the kind of dress that you can just throw on over your head and feel like you are set for what ever and where ever your day is going to take you.

After some consideration and weighing of options I thought I would try out a "new to me" Indie pattern company and decided on the Love Notions Olympia Dress. I wanted something to really show off the print of the fabric and I felt although the Olympia Dress has a center front seam and waist seam, it's simplicity might work well for what I wanted.  The pattern features a shawl style neckline that ends in a v-neck at the front, combined with an A-line skirt.  The pattern has options of a maxi or knee length skirt and sleeve lengths that range from sleeveless to long sleeved.  It also has pockets, which normally are a complete win for me in a garment.

The pockets, however, are all in one with the skirt pieces, which is not something I’ve seen very often, and honestly, I feel for good reason. It's my opinion that you can get more potential for stability on a pocket that has a separate pattern piece.  I was going to follow the pattern as written, despite my concerns, but then I had a bit of a mishap when I cut out the one piece and had a rather big triangle of fabric missing from one of my pocket bags.   I hummed and hawed about adding in a bit of extra fabric to patch it - after all no one would be the wiser - but I was still really worried those pockets were going to sag with the weight of the drapey fabric and no stabilization so I made the decision to cut the pockets off and just continue on my merry way.  You can see my cutting mishap in the photo below... it's a bit of a doozy.  LOL

Another roadblock I ran into was completely forgetting that I should pay attention to matching the print on my bodice centre front.  It didn't even occur to me until I'd sewed my bodice fronts together and the looked at the result.  It was eye-glaringly obvious that my print was off. Yikes!  Luckily I had enough fabric left over to cut another half of the bodice to match one existing side and I'm so glad I did. (Although sadly there went my dreams of making an Itch to Stitch Cartagena Cami with the left overs.) I love the way the print appears to match now - it's not perfect, but it's a WHOLE lot better than my first attempt, which I didn't bother to take photos of that.  The fact my husband was laughing at how noticeable the mismatched print placement was sent me straight back to the cutting table without pause. 

Other than those two minor bumps in the road, the dress sewed up nicely in the jersey and I think it's going to get a lot of rotation in my wardrobe as a great transition dress to wear between the season of "pants because there's a legitimate risk of freezing" and the "oh my goodness it's way too hot to wear anything with sleeves" season. 

So if like me, you can't resist a great floral print, go take a look and see at all the ones available.  There really is nothing like wearing beautiful, colourful blooms to make a person feel cheerful! 

I want to show you a close up of the colours on this jersey! I'm not sure how well it comes across - photos just don't seem to do it justice, really.  There are the beautiful bright colours that are instantly noticeable, but there are the more muted colours too, that you don't really notice at first glance, almost like a bit of a ghost of a print that is like a delightful surprise once you see them!

And on that note, I'll leave you here.  I'm off to peruse patterns for my next project and I can't wait to get started!  Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!

Sarah @ Prairie Girl Knits

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Butterick 6582 in the most Beautiful Embroidered Lace

I recently made my first ever coat for the Minerva Crafts blog, which was a very special garment to make. After that I thought, it might be quite some time until I get to make another WOW-piece but I guess I was wrong. Instead, I was lucky and got the chance to work with the most beautiful Embroidered Lace Fabric. I was actually unsure whether to go for a chambray and make a shirtdress or turn this lace into something I had not determined yet. Fortunately Vicki from Minerva Crafts gave me the nudge I needed to pick the lace. I can always make another shirtdress, right.

After some sewing pattern browsing, I decided on Butterick 6582. I wanted to use a vintage style as that is my kind of aesthetic when it comes to sewing. I had not made this pattern before and always wanted to. The neckline is interesting and the full skirt was perfect to show of plenty of the lace detail. 

The fabric is a border design, running along both selvages which makes it great to use for gathered skirts. I cut the bodice using one selvage and he skirt using the other. The fabric is 52” wide so I managed to make use of the design efficiently. There are a few different metallic shades in the lace alongside some peach tones and the netting of the material is a beautiful warm taupe-ish shade. I really liked all the colours in it as they worked well with my rather pale complexion. Plus this gave me plenty of colour options to choose from for the under layer/main fabric of the dress.

I wasn’t sure which one of the shades in the lace to pick for the main fabric I was going to use underneath the lace. I wanted a fabric that wasn’t too flimsy and would add volume to the skirt and support to the bodice. I ordered a bunch of swatches of cotton sateens, stretch cottons and satins in shades of gold, silver, taupe and peach tones.

In the end I decided on a plain Stretch Cotton Fabric in peach which was just the perfect match for the lace. I love how it is complimenting the delicate peach shade in the lace. It also makes the dress perfect for a Spring/Summer occasion. It’s so fresh and vibrant, I love it.

I hand basted the lace to each of the bodice pieces before assembling the bodice. I find that way I get a better result and avoid puckering of the lighter more slippery lace layer.

I cut the dress and skirt pattern pieces from the stretch cotton using the original pattern pieces but only cut the bodice pieces from the lace fabric. Since the lace is a border print, I cut rectangles as long as I wanted the skirt to be, using one selvage of the fabric to run along the hemline. I cut off the remaining netting close to the edge of the embroidery. No need for hemming. The embroidery detail creates a lovely scalloped edge hem). I cut those rectangles as wide as the original skirt pattern pieces were. I then gathered the lace skirt and basted it to the cotton skirt, distributing the extra volume of the lace layer evenly. Then I used the two skirt layers as one and proceeded with the pattern instructions.

I also opted for an Invisible Zipper

I ended up not lining this dress and only used facings. The two layers of cotton and lace are very stable and interfacing the facings adds enough structure and support to this dress. A layer of lining would have added too much weight and volume to the dress for my liking. I am also intending to wear this with proper foundation garments and a petticoat. So too many layers would make it too warm to wear in the summer (but would have been welcome when I took the pictures….it was around 1Degree Celsius that day).

I loved working with this lace. I could see this make a beautiful wedding dress, or in my case wedding anniversary dress. It’s my 10 year anniversary this year and this will make the perfect dress for the occasion. I highly recommend the fabric and pattern. There are so many other colours you could combine this lace with.

Thank you very much for reading. See you soon. 

Until then, you can find me on Instagram at @beatricewinter XX 

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Tilly and the Buttons Floral Jersey Bettine Dress

Hello lovely crafters! This blog post is a lot of firsts for me - my first sewing project for Minerva, my first time sewing with jersey fabric and my first time sewing a Tilly and the Buttons pattern.

I received the Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress Pattern as a gift last year. I’m not great at getting handmade clothes to fit so I made a toile using an old bed sheet. It was a little tight in the hip area so I though the easiest solution would be to make it out of a stretch fabric. The Bettine dress pattern recommends stable, woven fabrics but Tilly has extra information on her website on how to make it in jersey fabrics. The main difference is to replace the neck facings with a neckband, and she does recommend not to make the pocket version as they may droop. Most of my bought clothing is in stretch fabrics so I knew I would love this version of the dress.

Minerva provided 2 metres of this lovely floral, navy cotton Jersey Fabric. I would really recommend this fabric; it seems to be good quality and isn’t see-through. It is two-way stretch which means it only stretches in one direction. I chose to have this stretch horizontally to fit my hips and to avoid the potential for the dress to grow in length with wear. The floral pattern is busy enough to hide my amateur mistakes but not so busy as to boggle the eyes of your nearest and dearest. You will also need some ½ inch elastic for the waist.

To choose the size I needed, I measured my bust, waist and hips and referred to the measurements table on the pattern. I averaged the Size 4 (UK 12). I am making the plain version and decided to trace my pattern out onto pattern tracing paper and to add length to the skirt piece. I used the instructions on Tilly’s website to make the pattern piece for the neckband, which is only a rectangle, phew! All markings were transferred and the five pattern pieces cut out.

Some tips I read about cutting out jersey fabric were to use pattern weights rather than pins to secure the pattern to the fabric, and to cut the pieces out with a rotary cutter rather than scissors. If like me you are an amateur dressmaker without the full assortment of tools, food cans work just as well to hold your pattern in place. For pieces to be cut on the fold, I used the flower pattern to align my folds. The rotary cutter was definitely easier and quicker than scissors as the fabric moves around quite easily. You should now have 7 pieces of fabric for sewing.

Using a jersey needle and a zig-zag stitch (2.5mm) I was able to make the dress on my normal sewing machine. The pattern is very easy to follow, and there aren’t many pieces to sew together. I used LOADS of pins to reduce distortion and stretching of the fabric. The top and skirt are made separately then are sewn together at the waist with a large seam allowance to enable a second line of stitches to make the casing for the elastic waist. The good thing about jersey is you don’t have to finish the edges if you don’t want to as the fabric doesn’t fray.

Inserting the elastic was a little tricky at the seams as the seam allowances can get in the way, but once done it really gives the dress its style. To hem the dress I laid it flat on the table and folded the bottom edge up, trying to make it straight and level all the way around. I pinned this in place and tried it on again to double check it looked reasonably level. Without another person to help there isn’t an easy way of doing this, especially since the waist seem is now gathered up with elastic so isn’t reliable to measure down from. I stitched around the hem using a shorter zig-zag stitch and trimmed off the excess.

I did the sleeve cuffs last as to me they were the finishing touch. They went on really easily. Whilst this isn’t in the instructions I did decide to top stitch them as well, to stop the inside seam slipping to the outside. I trimmed off the excess fabric and secured the cuffs to the right side with a couple of hand stitches at the top and bottom sleeve seams.

All it needed now was a good press with a medium heat iron, and to wear with pride!

I look forward to wearing this dress, and whilst more suited to summer, in the winter it would look great worn over a long sleeve t-shirt, with a woolly cardigan, paired with thick tights and boots.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and will give this project a try.

For more of my makes find me on Instagram and YouTube as Stitching_Joanne

x

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Llama Pyjamas

If there is one thing I love it is Llamas. If there is something I love even more it's these soft cuddly llama pyjamas and slippers made from this delicious Flannel Fabric.
I put these pyjamas on just to photograph them and must confess to you that I didn't take them off until several hours later. They are so comfortable and warm! I just love them.
The Sewing Pattern is an Ellie Mae design for Kwik Sew patterns and the fabric is a cotton flannel which comes in three colours and is quite inexpensive.
It is soft and cuddly anyway but when I pre washed it the fabric became even softer.
The measurements are quite generous so on this occasion if you are between sizes I suggest you go down a size not up. For once I did not have to shorten the sleeves or trouser legs, which is a first for me. So if you have long limbs then do check the lengths. Having said that I did use generous hems.
The pattern instructions are amazing, she goes into much detail over each step and adds tips on how to achieve the best results.
This is a quick and easy pattern suitable for all abilities, so if you are fairly new to sewing I would recommend this pattern.
The yoke on the pattern is meant to be in a contrast colour but to be honest I did not have anything which was of a similar weight and "feel" so I decided to make them entirely in my llama fabric. 
I am sure you will agree that this looks perfect anyway.
The yoke lining is curved and I wanted to share a tip with you for getting the perfect finish.
Sew the yoke lining to the yoke at the neck. Trim and clip the curves and press open. You will find a sleeve roll handy here. Then press the facing to the wrong side and understitch the facing to the seam allowance. This won't be seen on the right side of the garment but does work wonders in keeping everything in its correct place.
The facing now needs turning under by half an inch. To do this nearly simply run a basting stitch along the edge and when you gather it the edge will roll under nicely. Simply measure half an inch hem adjusting the gathers as you go and press.
Then pin the facing down on the right side , making sure that it extends slightly beyond the seam and stitch-in-the-ditch on the right side catching the facing down.
This gives a really neat finish.
This is the finished top. There are no fastenings to worry about and there is a choice of two hemlines. One choice is to have the hem straight and the other to have it raised slightly at the front and dipping at the back - which is the version I chose.
When sewing the hem do the same as we did with the yoke facing and gather any curved edges before pressing. It really makes the job very easy.
The back facing is actually a piece of bias binding. I chose one of the colours featured in the fabric, which is this bright pink.
The trousers are simple to make, just mark the back so that you don't get mixed up. This is the channel stitched to form a casing for the elastic waistband.
I didn't use the elastic guide instead I put a length of elastic comfortably around my waist and cut it slightly longer for joining the edges together.
When I had threaded it through I pinned the edges together with a safety pin and tried the pants on. I then could easily adjust the elastic until I was happy with the fit.
Then machine sew the edges together and close the gap in the waist band.
To finish the pants I arranged the gathers evenly and stiched along the seams of the waistband to keep the elastic in place and to stop it from curling over cutting wear.
I also added a small fabric flower to the centre front cut from some lace, purely to make it easy to identify the front when putting them on. 
I finished all my hems by turning under 1/4" and pressing and then turning under another inch before pressing and top stitching.
These are beautifully fitting, soft, comfortable pyjama pants.and I love them. 
I have made these slippers before on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.
Make a test slipper first to get the sizing right for you and once you have done that and are happy with the fit you will always have something to make with the end of project scraps. 
You could embellish them with beads and sequins or embroidery too....
They are so cute and snuggly to wear and how fabulous to be dressed in head to toe in llama lounge wear!
I think that these are great especially as they have non-slip soles.
I am thoroughly delighted with my llama pyjamas and know that I will be lounging around in them a lot.
Would I use this pattern again? Yes! Definitely. I love it!
Thank you to Minerva for this wonderful fabric which has made me very happy indeed.

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