One of the most exciting things I’ve discovered through my journey into sewing is that I don’t have to be limited by what’s sold in the shops and instead I can actually, through a bit of time and effort (and sometimes sweat and tears and lots of angry utterances), create the garments that I really want to wear. Or the sleepwear of my dreams. That pun was sort of intended.
After an unexpected but welcome find of some beautiful silk satin in Lincraft one day, I turned to the Fifi pyjama pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. I’d already made a Fifi set (and still wear it frequently) but I wanted to make a few changes, those being:
1. A nighty/slip hack.
Since the pattern is for a camisole top and shorts only, I first made a toile where I lengthened the camisole after curving it out slightly at the hip area.
2. The straps needed to be adjustable.
In my original set, the straps on the camisole are fine for the first wear after being laundered. But I found that after a second wear, the bias straps really start to stretch.
3. I wanted less ease in the cups.
While my measurements fell in line with Tilly’s sizing, I still felt there was too much ease, so I made an SBA to the cups which I’m much happier with.
I won’t lie though. This was my first foray into sewing with silk and at times it. was. a. nightmare. Thankfully, I’d recently purchased a Craftsy online class by Alison Smith called Sewing Lingerie: Essential Techniques. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t taken that class, that silk would’ve ended up in a deep, dark corner of a cupboard, in multiple ruined pieces.
One of the techniques that Alison teaches in the class is how to make a shell hem. I originally hadn’t had any plans to make such a hem (I hadn’t realised that my sewing machine even had that stitch) but I thought, why not? Alison also demonstrates how to create a shell hem by hand which gives a softer, slightly vintage look.
Would I sew silk sleepwear again?
Yes, I’m keen to but not straightaway! I plan on making some different makes (not out of silk) in the meantime to sort of…you know, recover. So…watch this space!