Hello again lovely sewing peeps! I'm back with my third make for Minerva; this time it's the perfect PJ’s for Spring / Summer made up in a gorgeous Chambray Fabric. This is actually my second pair, having made them up previously in a stunning floral & birds cotton poplin; that pair can be found over on my blog where I discuss what alterations I made to the pattern to get the fit I wanted.

In fact, the Lakeside PJs are the third pattern I've made from Grainline Studio Sewing Patterns and it's another winner! I love the design of these PJs, with the racer type shorts and spaghetti strap tank top that crosses over at the back, giving a cheeky flash of skin and, err, extra ventilation! Without a doubt these pieces are designed so that they can also be worn outdoors; I've teamed this top with jeans and it looks great!

So for my second outing with this pattern, I choose a beautifully soft floral chambray. Unfortunately this particular cute print has now sold out (sorry! but these Chambray Fabrics are similar). I do think chambray is a great choice for PJs. In case you don't know, lighter weight cotton chambray is a beautifully soft breathable fabric with, traditionally, white weft and blue warp threads. The chambray I used had a looser weave and a slight slub finish which adds to its almost rustic charm. I paired it with matching cream bias tape.

This pattern calls for over 6m of Bias Binding as all raw edges are finished this way, with the spaghetti straps also created with a loop of bias. The pattern instructions clearly set out how to sew the bias on with a regular foot, and it is simple enough to do, but I chose this pattern because I wanted to try out my binder foot which essentially halves the time it takes to sew!

You basically angle your tape and feed it through the topmost side vent, pulling it through until it's under the needle opening on the foot; attach it to your machine and stitch a few stitches to get it going before sliding your fabric in the designated slot. Then, hey presto, perfectly sewn bias in one round of stitching!

You could, of course, make your own bias but I chose this natural cream 100% Cotton Bias as it matched perfectly; it can also be manipulated into curved shapes really easily. I was a little concerned initially that it felt scratchy but as soon as it came into contact with my steam iron it seemed to soften and become even more pliable. For its price, you can't really complain! 

For the racer shorts, however, I sewed the bias on with my regular foot. As I say the pattern instructions are very clear and you can't really go wrong if you follow them. The only remotely tricky bit is where the bias meets at the side seams. Put simply, you attach the binding to the front and back lower leg to where they meet at the already sewn side seam, at which point you simply fold over your bias to enclose all layers of the already sewn side seam and sew it down flat, similar to the look of a flat felled seam. I added a little bar tack at the rise to secure the join.

Thanks as always to Minerva for so generously supplying the pattern, fabric and notions so that I could make these super cute PJ’s.

Until next time,

Sarah x