Nikki’s Carolyn Pajama Pattern Review.
When lockdown started in the UK I had mixed feeling about how to spend my time. My priorities changed significantly as I had my whole family home all day. I was now homeschooling as well as feeding, cleaning, and looking after everyone all day. I felt like my mummy role took over for a while, but that was what I needed to do.
As we all fell into our new normal routine, I realized I had some space and time to get back to my sewing. I had definitely earned some me-time!
I have had the Carolyn Pajamas Pattern from Closet Case for some time and I have always wanted to make the shorts version, especially the piped version. So I picked some fabric from my stash, double winner there, and got started!
The fabric I chose from my stash was bought years ago and I teamed it with some hot pink satin bias binding and hot pink buttons. If you want to buy something similar to my fabrics here are a few similar fabrics i’ve found.
For the accessories you may already have some in your stash but I bought the piping cord, buttons, and satin bias binding from eBay.
The Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns is perfectly designed for sleeping and chic lounging! The cut is figure flattering but with a modern tailored edge.
The Carolyn top has a classic notched collar, curved hem and breast pocket with three sleeve options. For a matching pajama set, choose between a straight-legged pant (with or without cuff) or a cuffed short. Both pants and shorts feature an elasticized waist, pockets, and a faux fly. I love the option to personalize my Carolyn Pajamas by adding piping, making them extra special.
I started by making the shorts as this was the easiest place to start. I felt like I needed to get a good portion done before tackling anything tricky.
With an elasticated waist and faux fly, I wasn’t going to have to deal with any tricky closures or anything too complex. The faux fly was easy to sew as it was so beautifully explained in the instructions, plus you get to start doing a little bit of top-stitching (which I love!)
This was the first time I had ever added piping to clothing and I totally fell in love. My advice is to go for a small width piping cord, I used 2mm and use either a piping foot or a slimline zipper foot.
Closet Case have an additional free blog post on How To Sew Piping that you may find useful.
You need to be brave, try to get super close to the cord when attaching everything together, but it is ok to have a couple of go’s at it if you need to (I know I certainly did!) It may be useful to have a little practice on some scraps before jumping in with piping your shorts.
Another reason for starting on the shorts is that you get the hang of the piping before moving on to the slightly trickier top. You don’t need to add the piping around the collar, this is optional, so if your scared, just go for the cuffs.
The instructions for the notched collar are brilliantly explained with little tips & tricks to get a great clean finish.
The top itself has some trickier parts, like the collar, but overall it is still a nice sew. Sewing with a stable fabric like cotton always makes things easier, you don’t have to worry too much about stretching or anything distorting. Just take your time and concentrate on each step as it comes.
The pattern takes you through how to do french seams on the inside of your Pajamas but I chose to do a bound hem using the same satin bias binding I used for my piping. I used it on the side seams, facing seam and the bottom hem of the top. It means the seams are all securely dealt with and sort on the inside but gives them an additional pop of that hot pink that I love.
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have made your own Carolyn Pajamas I would love to hear about them. Send us a message or tag us on social media.
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