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Carolyn Pajama Shorts

February 13, 2015

Happy Friday! A casual Friday, that is. You’ve seen the new Carolyn Pajama pattern by Closet Case Patterns, right? Well if you haven’t, and you live in lounge clothes like I do, I highly recommend checking it out. When Heather released the pattern I instantly fell in love with the blue shorts version she shows as a sample. It’s so cute!! I ended up buying the pattern within the week it was announced because I was getting frustrated with the fitting process on another pattern. When all else fails, and you just need to sew something, turn to PJs as a pick-me-up!


Usually I’m too attention deficit for PDF patterns, but I really love the way Heather laid this one out. I knew I only wanted to sew the shorts for now, and BAM! There they were as a separate file, all ready and waiting for me. Genius! Thank you, Heather! After my last post about being slightly disappointed that my favorite cool color tones aren’t as flattering on my warm skin (thank you all for your suggestions on that topic btw!), I decided not to swear off cool tones completely, but instead save them for future quilting projects and for fun pajamas!


Definitely measure yourself and trust the pattern sizing with the Carolyn pattern. I usually wear a size 0 in store bought clothing and modern indie patterns, but according to my hip measurement I fell closer to a size 4 with these shorts so that’s the size I went with. They fit perfectly!! They’re super comfortable but not frumpy looking. I even slept in them last night to test out just how comfy they are and …well, they’re perfect. I can’t wait to make another pair!


Remember the shirt I linked to in my latest Three Things post? Well the amazing people over at Culture Flock Clothing must have noticed I linked to them because they emailed me and offered to send me one! HELL YES!! I’ve been wearing it pretty much non stop since it arrived at my house. It’s my perfect shirt.


I didn’t have the 1.5″ elastic on hand, so at Heather’s recommendation I used a 1″ instead and topstitched a narrower channel within the waistband. It makes a really cute little ruffle at the top when you use that method and I think it just adds to the charm of the pattern. Adorable!

Okay okay, I know you’re dying to know where I got the skull/scissor fabric, and I hate to get your hopes up but it’s quite a few years old now and nearly impossible to find. It’s called “Quilt Pirates” by Michael Miller Fabrics if you want to try and track down some yardage on Etsy or eBay. Luckily you don’t need much at all to make these shorts! The dot fabric is just basic calico from Jo-Ann’s.


I actually have enough fabric left to make a second identical pair, which I’m going to do eventually, because my first attempt at a serged faux fly looks like 1,000 butts. It’s SO BAD. I made the mistake of not disengaging the knife so I almost hacked into the fly and completely ruined the whole thing. Luckily I stopped in time and managed to mend/finish the rest with a basic zig zag stitch. It was a close call though. Yikes!

I already posted a pic on instagram of when I JUST finished these shorts yesterday, but since then I’ve decided to add two cute little minty buttons, fix the fly topstitching a bit, and actually unpick the basting stitches. …I forgot until this morning.


The following photos are just for fun because I can’t help but be hammy with my animals! …my haminals? (That’s Lucille and Cat 1 0f 4: Karl)






I definitely plan to make more Carolyn shorts sooner than later. In fact, I have a review coming up for Organic Cotton Plus and the fabric I picked is a really fantastic hemp linen! I’m currently dying it and finalizing a design to try a little block printing border action. Hopefully they turn out like I see them in my head! I’ll find out soon…

Have an excellent weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!


…honestly, I couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day. Wil and I will probably watch Lord of the Rings and eat take-out in bed with our tiny zoo, and not get each other presents unless it’s food related. Yep, six years together and going strong lol