Posted on Sunday the 28th January 2018 by Tip Top Sewing
Sewing pyjamas might sound like a boring and unnecessary activity. Spending hours and possibly days on a project that is only suitable for home lounging is a bit too much for some seamstresses. But once we get in the right mood to sew it’s hard to stop planning on making another set. That’s exactly what I experienced while working on my latest project for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network.
I was always avoiding loungewear and the only item I’ve made that is supposed to be worn at home is my husband’s pair of Superman shorts. Probably it’d take me another couple of years to start sewing my own pyjamas unless I wouldn’t spot Tilly and the Buttons Fifi set Sewing Pattern
. It looked absolutely perfect and exactly how I want my perfect PJ set to be. It’s woven, it’s simple, it’s perfectly wearable yet still quite seductive, especially if you make it out of silk with some lace details.
I’ve chosen ditsy floral print Viscose Challis Fabric
for my first set. It’s an extremely lightweight and soft material that is perfect for Fifi. But the delicacy of this fabric shouldn’t concern you - it still sews and presses beautifully and easily. It’s hard to believe such a high-quality material can cost such a small amount of money! The floral print is very appropriate too since you have to cut the details on the bias and should avoid diagonal prints.
Fifi set was my first indie pattern and it made it so clear why seamstresses prefer them to big brand ones. The instructions are super clear and they cover literally everything - from construction to little techniques you need to know to give your set the most professional and tidy finish. I didn’t follow the instructions very strictly though. For example, I skipped the recommended method of installing the shorts elastic and decided to sew it into a tunnel casing. As for other changes, I lengthened the shorts a bit. I’d highly recommend choosing your size with some attention. Definitely consider the finished garment size, not the brand’s one. There is a very big difference in them and even though the idea is to give a lot of room for comfortable wear at home and during sleep, the size that I picked from the “finished size” chart is as loose as loungewear should be.
Fifi pattern is great for expanding your loungewear collection. Made of viscose challis it’s to be cozy and beautiful, made of silk - luxurious and seductive. Variety isn’t something that can be found in most of pyjama patterns and it’s definitely something that makes Fifi unique and worth having in your pattern stash.
I can’t wait to sew it again in some silk satin with lace trim, but I’d highly recommend to test the pattern first with some of the viscose challis from Minerva Crafts’ big selection of lightweight Fabrics