Wacky Pajama Pants

I’m finally back into sewing after moving in August, even though not everything is tidily packed away yet. I was determined to sew some things in time for winter, and these pajama pants by Indygo Junction were at the top of my list.



The fabric is a kinda crazy flannel I bought a few years ago from Discount Fabrics in Berkeley, CA. It feels like good quality flannel, and hopefully it won’t pill too badly like other flannels I’ve used before.

I did enlarge the pattern by a few inches around, since the largest size for this pattern is a 2x, but I left the ruffled hems the same size just so they wouldn’t flare out quite so much.

I’m debating whether to make the matching top or not. I actually made a pair of these 2 years ago in a black linen and I do wear them out and about, grateful that I live in a somewhat hippie-ish place.


Two New Kwik Sew Patterns for Fall

I know that Kwik Sew is not known for their fashion forward patterns, but I do use their patterns and am looking forward to sewing with them in the future. When I say “Two New Kwik Sew Patterns,” I mean two TOTAL in Plus Sizes. If I had clicked on Summer, there would have been none. I had honestly thought Kwik Sew had given up on Plus Size patterns altogether, but no. A few drips here and there will quench our thirst. And apparently we fat people don’t go out much because all I need for fall is a pair of pajamas and one 3-piece outfit.


Making Things to Sell

Craft Industry Alliance had an interesting article about the legalities around selling things you’ve made from patterns you’ve purchased. I’m sure you’ve seen the warning not to sell things you’ve made from a pattern, especially those from independent pattern companies. There are always “ifs, ands, or buts” with the law, but it appears that no one can really stop you from selling items that are considered “utilitarian”, which clothing most definitely is. Let the sewer/seller/buyer be aware.


A Pattern Size Survey

The Curvy Sewing Collective is holding a pattern size survey. I encourage you to take it as I think it will have an impact. I was especially happy to fill in my dimensions as I am beyond most pattern size ranges, most notably the Big Four (except for Connie Crawford patterns on Butterick).


This Applies to Fashion Sewists, Too

Humor, from The Sewing Lawyer.


Alabama Chanin Magdalena Stencil

Cutting a Stencil


It took several weeks to cut this stencil out. It sat on our dining room table like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle you pick at whenever you pass by. I think I bought too thick a sheet of acetate so I had to stop because it was hurting my hands and enlist my husband to finish, which he did, the sweetheart.

This Alabama Chanin design was printed out, pieced together and spray glued to the acetate. It’s called Magdalena and it’s one of their biggest patterns. Why didn’t I start with a smaller design, I wonder. I think next time I’ll try their other suggested way of making a stencil which is to use the same method on felt.

What Is This, You say?

This mess of a package is about to become Colette Pattern’s Aster blouse. I must have been under a rock or something, but Colette patterns now come in up to a size 26! When did this happen?! I’m so excited because it used to be almost painful to look at their website, knowing how much work it would take to grade up a size 18 pattern to my size.

As it is, I had to add a little bit to this pattern, but not so much I was made unsure of the outcome. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to do anything to the bust darts, either.  

The fabric is from Fabric-Store.com, a wonderful place to buy linen fabrics. Do not go there unless you want to increase your stash by orders of magnitude. Fair warning!