Hi pinups, time for my second Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make and I think this one's suitably festive with a comfy and cute pair of pjs! I've been lusting after the Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajama Pattern for a few months now, it's a sewist favourite, and with a few shirt collars under my sewing belt (including my last Minerva make, the Grainline Studio Archer Shirt) I hoped this pattern would be a straight forward edition for my extensive pajama wardrobe!

Even though it's currently Winter, I just loved the look of the short sleeve shirt top with the shorts (version C) and thought it would better suit the fabric I chose. But I'd love to make the long pj version next in a cosy plaid or flannel fabric. For my Carolyn pajamas I chose a plain Cotton Poplin Fabric in baby pink and paired it with red Piping Cord to create my favourite colour combo! I also made some Self Covered Buttons in a coordinating red cotton to complete the look.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I haven't tried too many indie patterns but am trying to broaden my horizons to sew a lot more. This was the first time I have used a Closet Case Files Pattern, and whilst I like the packaging and branding, I wasn't so keen on the instructions. I found them really dense to look at with a pretty confusing layout, having to go backwards and forwards to sew different parts. Of course this is personal preference and this pattern is very popular, but that certainly made my experience sewing these pjs a little more confusing.

I'd recommend this pattern for intermediate sewists. The collar is probably one of the trickier ones I've sewn, but I love the final outcome of it. Other than my struggles with the instructions, the shirt and shorts were okay to make. It was one of those sewing times when you struggle with techniques at the time, but once it's finished it makes so much sense and you wonder why you were so confused. So I'm looking forward to sewing these again with more time and more confidence.

I also unfortunately ran out of red piping for the shorts. So I added what I had left to the pockets as I didn't have enough for the cuffs. But this make is all about the shirt for me, and I finished it with a little Satin Bow on the pocket for a fancier look!

For all my makes I like to include a brief 'sewing summary' for a quick break down on what I look for when reviewing a pattern as well as letting you know what supplies I used so you can copy the look for yourself...

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Closet Case Files Ladies Sewing Pattern Carolyn Pajamas

Fabric: Light Pink Plain Cotton Poplin

Notions: Polyester Flanged Piping Cord

Sewing time: I spent about two afternoons on this.

Modifications: None!

Fit: Great! Fits great across my bust, good length for the shirt and the shorts are comfy,

Difficulty: Like I said, I found the instructions a little dense, but the illustrations helped. I'd recommend this pattern for confident sewists.

Watch out for: Precise collar and piping sewing for a crisp and neat collar (mine could certainly be improved!).

Make Again?: Yes! I love this pattern and look forward to making it again now I understand the pattern better. Cosy flannel here I come!

Overall, I'm pleased with the outcome of my Carolyn pajamas. It's a gorgeous pattern and I'm happy it's finally in my stash! I think this affordable cotton poplin is a great choice for sewing a pattern for the first time and it works great for pjs! I also loved sewing with piping for the first time and love that you can get it pre made, I'll definitely be using this again!

Thank you for reading my second Minerva post! If you want to see what I've got planned for January check out my plans over on my blog.

Have a wonderful Christmas fellow sewists! See you in the New Year!


The Crafty Pinup / @craftypinup