Agreed. I’m a notoriously busy person. If I’m awake I’m working, exercising, reading, writing, knitting, driving ‘mum’s taxi’, cleaning (not so much…), cooking, talking, laughing,making exceptionally bad jokes, tweeting, facebooking, blogging… and of course sewing!
Every now and then I sleep. Yes really, I DO sleep. Sometimes.
I confess I do sometimes wake up & if I can’t sleep I check Twitter & Facebook… Clearly I find it very hard to ‘stop’. If I’m conscious, my brain starts whirring. I can’t handle yoga, mood lighting & candles horrify me, and don’t even start me on rainforest / whale-singing relaxing tapes.
Since I started sewing my brain has been happily whirring with colours, patterns, design ideas – which has been infinitely more happy to endure than work stress & other stuff. Sewing doesn’t make me sick with anxiety, if my brain is going to be busy – well sewing ain’t such a bad thing to be thinking about, yes?. These days my brain is blissfully happy with creative ideas in spare moments. No brainer right? Sew more people!
So when Karen from Did You Make That? launched the 2013 Pyjama Party I decided perhaps a little more sleeping was in order.
And we all know I like… (OK LOVE) Sewaholic patterns so it was necessary I join in! I jumped online and ordered my Tofinos from Sew Squirrel.
Ta da! Tofino pants!
These are black voile Swiss dot with pale pink piping. I opted to use a double-sided satin ribbon for the waist sash rather then fabric and I think it’s rather cute. I wanted something a little ‘fancy’, ‘evening wear’, ‘tuxedo’ style.
Paired them with my favorite old concert tshirt – (Chris Isaak, I still love you MWAH).
I had planned to sew a top to go with the pants but my old Chris Isaak tshirt seemed perfect. Can you believe this was sold as a one size fits all?? I guess if it didn’t fit, you could just use it to wipe drool from your chin while watching Chris Isaak perform… (Lizzy enough of the celebrity crush….! ENOUGH).
What can I say? It’s another well-drafted pattern by Tasia. It’s easy to sew. Goes together quickly. It’s got simple yet effective design features… mock fly front, piping to make your pins seem longer, little details to make your PJ bots more than just ‘daks’.
I like the impact of the pink and the black, it’s kinda girly, dressy, masculine all at the same time.
I did think about turning up the cuffs and hemming with more piping. HOWEVER! That piping makes stumpy pins look longer. So no external piped cuffs for me. Elle MacPhearson move over. SewBusyLizzy is in da house.
I have a deep loathing of tracksuit pants – even if they are warm… however I’m seriously tempted to make these in fleece… somebody stop me!
Me likely. Tofino THUMBS UP. Thank you Tasia MWAH!
BTW. I’ve nearly finished Cambie no.4 & Cambie no.5 is in progress…
BTW2. My Abakhan fabrics 15 Pound Aussie project is also nearly completed. It’s cool! Watch this space!
BTW3. My By Hand London Victoria Blazer is also in progress (yes I’m a stitcher with ADHD at the moment) and its looking WICKED. Silk dupioni, vintage sari… patience people!
I love the classic black with pink, very cool and I totally think making them in fleece is ok, because the piping makes them classy, yeah! 🙂
I have sewing ADHD too,I loved seeing all your BTWs, my sewing list is like that too, always more than one project on the go, no guilt, I’ll pick up and put down what I want and when, keeps my brain happy, that’s what makes sewing fun!
Oh and this probably ticks my Indie Pattern June Project! I’m soooo close to finishing Cambie 4 & the Victoria blazer might slip in too!
Ah these are soo cute! Love the piping!! You’re brain sounds just like mine! Frantic! Hehe!
Oh my brain is always ticking over. The only thing that shuts it down is sewing or intense exercise!
Great color combo! Seeing your pants made me think these would be great as track pants.
I think they would be nice track pants. The side panel really makes them look a bit smarter than usual trackpants
Very cute PJs! The Tofino pattern is great isn’t it? I made a pair for myself and another for my daughter and I can see a few more in my future! I can’t wait to see you BTW makes! Love those slippers too :).
The slippers are perfect. I used to have a pink pair but the dog thought they tasted delicious!
Love them! I have a whole stack of quilting cottons that I want to stash-bust pulled out for ome Tofino pants. Really need to get on those!
They are a nice quick project, I really enjoyed making them!
Your Tofino’s look great! Nice colour choice! Can I ask what size you cut? I think we might be similar in size.
I cut the smallest size. I cant’ remember if 0 or 2 is the smallest Sewaholic size.
Luverly. And I can see no reason why you couldn’t use a fleece fabric to make this pattern. You don’t have to call them track trousers. We won’t tell anyone.
Maybe I could call them ‘warm lounge pants’… yes that might work.
That’s all it would take.
Now I’d day yes for fleece and why don’t you use ric rac instead of piping, that way they are even further away from being trackie pants?!
ohhh ric rac… that could be v.cool.
Love them! Great color combination, too. Pajama pants added to my project list.
I love pink and black – not quite a stark as black and white – which was my initial plan.
Great to see you back in action… Love the tofinos – very classy, madam! I heart that you heart sewaholic – I’ve finished cambie no 2 and have fabric ready for no 4. My sewing list is getting longer and longer…
Cambie is a delight to sew! Look forward to seeing yours!
Hooray for pjs! What size piping did you use?
Ummmm, I’d love to have a good technical answer to that – just I didn’t check the roll at Lincraft, I just got the only pink piping they had!
These look great! Love the black and pink colour combo!
Love black and pink, might try more of this combo in future. It just works.
Yay! I’m so glad you joined in the fun. Can’t beat an old T-shirt for sleepwear and the Tofino pants are gorgeous. Big slipper envy going on here!
I used to have the slippers in pink – but Banjo thought they were very tasty! I’m glad I managed to find the time to make them. They are a good contribution to the wardrobe – even if my eyes are closed when I’m wearing them!
These are mega cute! I’ve been trying to be strong and not buy this pattern since it seems silly to pay for a pattern for pajamas, but it really does have a lot of nice details– I’m sorely tempted! I can totally relate to your busy, active lifestyle– there just aren’t enough hours in the day (but let’s be honest, if there were, we would just jam those full of activities, too!). ALSO. I’m too embarrassed to mention how many times I’ve seen Chris Isaak in concert (OK, it’s something like six or seven?). We even ran into him on at a guitar shop in Nashville once and tried to recruit him to act in our short film… ahhh, silly college kids…
I felt the same about buying it – but gave in as I like the side panels … and it’s Sewaholic.
I LOVE Chris Isaak, how great are his concerts??? Swoon. Oh he’s just delicious….
and boy did i LOL at this: ” I can’t handle yoga, mood lighting & candles horrify me, and don’t even start me on rainforest / whale-singing relaxing tapes.” :p
Yes, my friends think my horror at any relaxing activities is rather droll. I prefer to relax doing intense exercise or sewing!
Give in to the fleece pants. You know you want to. 😉 #fleecepantsforever
(I also can’t sit still without doing something. Twitter or reading blogs is about as laid back as it gets. And YES, sewing it totally an awesome brain-balm.)
It’s true, we are not even half way through winter and all I think about is snuggly warm pants at night…
These look awesome! I love the pink trim. Pink and black is such a perfect colour combo. I’m bummed I didn’t take part in the pj party this yea. There are so many cool pj’s floating around.
Know the feeling, I wished that I had done the PJ party last year – never mind there will be another one day!
You don’t really have to wait for a party – or you could just say your invitation must have got lost in the mail. 🙂
The Tofino pants fit you perfectly! You know a velour would look great as well.
I was waffling about buying the pattern since they are pj pants but like you I love the side panelling. I caved and bought the pattern and they arrived yesterday. Can’t wait to see the rest of your projects.
I love them! And if there wasn’t enough love around those slippers are fantastic – I want a pair!!
I got them in NZ. Never seen them anywhere else!
Total tux look- or should I say luxe look? Yup, free lame rhymes are here tonight 😀
And world’s best slippers! Love it!
How about Tux Luxe?
My pink slippers were even better but Banjo ate them 😦
Love your Tofino’s, and your great big fluffy slippers, what a hoot!
Very nice! I bought the pattern in time, but alas, no pj pants as yet from me! You’ve gotta love Chris Isaack 🙂
Yes LOVE for Mr Isaak is compulsory.
Hi Lizzy – very snazzy pj’s and I second that celebrity crush…Chris Isaak just makes me bite the back of my hand with excitement! (so does James Reyne) Really enjoyed the chat we had at the Sydney High Tea…will need to check out the Spanish places you mentioned…!
Oh yes – I will email you some places to go this week!
These are some classy Tofino’s! Could totally wear them out with no shame. My spouse won’t let me out at the house with mine 🙂
Massively in love with your slippers!
Thanks! They feel very fancy 🙂 slippers are from NZ, sheepskin & oh so comfortable (even if everyone laughs at them!)
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PJs just in time for winter. And they’re good PJ bots. Definitely not daks, which in NZ are undies lol. I especially like the pink piping – very cute.
PS no fleece trackies. Nope. Def. not Lizzy. 😉
LOL yes I think the closest I will get to fleece is flannelette.
It’s truly amazing how many different words there are in the world for underpants!
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