Cosy Margot Pyjamas

margot pyjamas

Hello hello, how are you? I’ve been feeling very full of energy and enthusiasm lately, so I’ve been busily sewing away. The return of sunlight always sees me come out of my grumpy hibernation and return to a hive of activity :)

I had this plan in the pipeline for a while, but it wasn’t until the Winter set in here in the UK that I finally got around to it. I had just helped my friend Emma make her very first garment from my copy of Tilly’s Margot pyjamas and the weather suddenly turned really cold. Anyone who knows me will tell you how highly I prioritise cosiness, so I immediately whipped out this gorgeous sweatshirt material, which has a lovely fleecy finish on the inside and put my own pjs together in a couple of days. In fact, I had to get my mum off the phone so I could finish them in time for bed 😉

Cosy Margot

The sweatshirt fabric I used is a jersey fabric, but has only a little stretch to it. I bought it in a shop in Brighton, in the north laines, not sure what it was called, but they had a really nice selection of drool-worthy fabric and I’ll definitely be heading back. I found it listed on Guthrie&Ghani as well (sadly out of stock at the moment).

Margot pyjamas are designed for lightweight woven fabrics, so I used one size down to account for the negative ease in the fabric. This made it the perfect cosy size for cold nights (and evenings, mornings, any other time I’m not going to leave the house and can get away with wearing them).

The fabric is quite heavy, which means that the legs at the bottom are quite weighty. If I were to make it again I would probably taper them in a little to reduce bulk. In fact, that would be an easy alteration to make if I find that this is too irritating.

Cosy Margot

Cosy Margot

One last alteration I made to the pattern was to use elastic instead of a drawstring. I would always prefer to have a bit of give to my pyjama waistbands. This was no more complicated than feeding elastic through the waistband rather than a ribbon and sewing the two ends together before closing up the channel. I have included the buttonholes for a drawstring if I want to add one for decoration later, though. I could imagine a woven cream ribbon looking quite nice.

Cosy Margot

Cosy Margot

All in all, margot pyjamas are a perfect pattern for beginners or for when you want a quick project that will have few fitting issues. I think it works really well with a jersey fabric as long as you go down a size, so this could certainly be an intro to sewing with knits if you’re feeling daunted by them.

This weekend is the Knitting and Stitching show in London, which I have tickets for! Hooray! is anyone else going? I am quite worried about the state my bank balance will be in by the time I go home, but I’m looking forward to being in a wonderland of crafts and crafters.

My Feathery Agnes Top

agnes top

Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you all had lovely Christmases? I had a very nice time visiting family and relaxing. Not a lot of sewing went on, but I’ve got newfound project energy now that 2016 has started and I can’t wait to get going!
Feathery Agnes
I made this top before Christmas – I’m sure you all know about Tilly’s agnes top pattern. I decided to make mine with the plain scooped neck and gathered sleeves, which I think looks very cool. I’m a bit pear-shaped, so to speak, so the puffed shoulders balance out my figure nicely.
Feathery Agnes
I found this lovely Art Gallery fabric in Flo-Jo’s, which is a cute little haberdashery on the Gloucester Road in Bristol. They have a very small shop, but they manage to pack in some really nice fabric, so it’s worth a stop if you’re in the area. The fabric is a cotton jersey and has the pattern printed on one side, leaving the other side nice and soft against the skin.
Feathery Agnes
This was the first time I’d made a jersey neckline like this, so I was a little nervous that it would end up all puckered or stretched out, but it actually went surprisingly well! A little press with the iron and it was lying exactly how I wanted. The rest of the techniques I was already familiar with and it was really nice being able to do them consistently and quickly. This sewing lark is paying off!
Feathery Agnes
The gathered sleeve is achieved with zig-zag stitch on a stretched piece of elastic. I found some elastic that is really soft – I’m not sure if it’s meant to be for lingerie or something, but it’s great for places like this that will be against your skin. I’ll definitely be buying more of that!
Feathery Agnes
I don’t have a lot more to say about this. The pattern is great, the agnes top is really versatile and it sews up really quickly. I’ve been wearing it tucked into my arielle skirt for work and it looks fab!
Feathery Agnes
Have you got any sewing plans for the winter? Last week I finished some super snuggly pyjama bottoms, which I can’t wait to show you! I’ve also been musing about making a handbag since my one really needs replacing. Have you made bags before? It would be a very different challenge from dressmaking, so I’m quite excited to learn some new techniques there. I’d definitely like to improve the sturdiness of my sewing – a couple of my makes have had seams unravelling and have needed repairs, so perhaps learning some bag techniques would help with that.

Autumn Arielle Skirt

arielle skirt

Hello everyone! How have you been? I’m back with a proper project this time! Introducing my first Arielle skirt.Red Wool Arielle

The Arielle skirt is another Tilly pattern. I know, I know, I need to branch out. But her patterns always work, guys! They’re safe and comforting and considering my hygge kick, that’s just what I needed. I bought some lovely wool blend in a deep red/maroon in Masons with this project in mind and for lining I used leftover spotty cotton fabric from my Mimi blouse.

Red Wool Arielle

My hips are always larger than the rest of me on patterns, so I graded out a size from the waist. The waist still turned out too big, requiring me to sew the top button on a little further over to cinch it in. I don’t think this has altered the hang too much, but I may grade in another size at the waist next time.

Red Wool Arielle

Red Wool Arielle

This is a great wardrobe filler pattern. If you make it in a plain colour it will go with loads of things, but the buttons make it much more fun than a plain mini skirt. And look at those buttons! I love it when you find the perfect buttons in your stash to make your project sing. One slight worry is that sometimes they feel like they’re being strained when I sit down – it’s a little scary having the buttons as the only thing holding it together.

Red Wool Arielle

As for construction, this all went together very easily. The only challenge I had was the curved corner on the lining, but an iron soon tamed it. I didn’t fold the hem up as much as the pattern because it was already a good length when I tried it on hem-less. I did the hem by hand as well, so that the stitching wouldn’t be visible on the outside, and I’m glad I made the effort because it looks really good

Red Wool ArielleAll in all I’m really pleased with this. It will work really well with jumpers and cardies and tights, but it will also look good in the spring with a blouse tucked in. I just hope I’ve sewn those buttons on well enough because buttons falling off could be a little disastrous…