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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Peacock Pajamas and a Pretty Paisley Robe

My daughter is having a surgery next month and we are anticipating a month of recuperation time at home.  I decided to make her some new loungewear to wear around the house while she's recuperating.  She likes orange and pink, so I used some gorgeous coordinates from Blend fabrics that we have at SewBaby with those colors.  I decided to try my hand a print mixing.  The first is a peacock print from the Caravan Dreams collection. Please excuse the photos- it's been raining all day and finding good light was difficult!


I prewashed the fabric so it is ultra soft. I decided to use yellow piping and topstitching, as kind of an unexpected accent. Then I accented the pocket and cuffs with a little bit of this Climbing Vines print.  It's my intention to make an entire short sleeve pajama top and shorts from it as soon as I know if this pattern fits her.


 I used Kwik Sew 2811 for the pattern, and I loved it.  It has all kinds of nice little details that you don't find in all pajamas. Such as this combination tie and elastic waistband.  The elastic is stitched down at the side seams and back, and then the tie fills out the front of the waistband.  Should be great for wearing because you can loosen it or tighten it, but still have the snugness of elastic for the back.



Then for the robe, I chose Field Day Paisley and  Field Day Cherries.  They also have the orange, pink, grey and yellow, plus a little green.  I used the yellow piping and topstitching again.  I know that the recuperation is going to be hard, so I'm hoping that these cheery little touches will help her feel better.


The back is a great place to showcase this big paisley design without interruption.  I made the belt out of the orange section of the stripe to try to bring a little more attention to it.


I used Slicker Yellow mini-piping.  The whole robe and the little bit on the pajama top took one package which is 3 yards.   The robe pattern is Kwik Sew 3844 which I had made for myself here.  This is such a nice pattern.  I think it makes a really expensive looking robe with the piping.  It's not hard at all to apply.



She's coming home tonight and I can't wait to see how she likes it!  The surgery isn't for another month, but I hope she'll start wearing it right away.  This was a fun project for a cold and rainy Sunday here.

Happy Sewing!

Ann

18 comments:

  1. I love these! They look very expensive and the fabrics are gorgeous. That yellow piping is perfect. I'm sure she will love them!

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  2. These are amazing pieces that look so high end. Good luck to your daughter

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  3. Lovely pieces and very thoughtful!

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  4. Beautiful fabric combinations and the piping makes them look very high end. These will be certain to cheer her up.

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  5. Hope everything goes well for your daughter. Your gifts are beautiful and remind me of something from Crabtree and Evelyn or Jessica McClintock. Thank you for sharing. I am putting both patterns on my list.

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    1. Thanks, Anna Christina. I had a pair many years ago that I think were Crabtree and Evelyn, so perhaps that's where I got the inspiration. I loved them, but they were really expensive.

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  6. How cute! I love everything about this! Best wishes for your daughter. :)

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  7. How cute! I love everything about this! Best wishes for your daughter. :)

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  8. About 4 years ago, I had to have a spinal fusion on C3,4 & 5. Whew! Before the surgery, I had time to cook and freeze meals and make myself two pair of flannel pajamas, which I still wear. They were colorful and cheered me up the few days I was in hospital. About 2-1/2 years ago I modified a hospital gown pattern to close in front, and made two gowns with pretty binding and snaps for closing for a good friend. While she chose not to wear them at the hospital, she did wear them when she got home, and still does. It's often the little things like this that make all the difference in moral. The gown and pj's you made your daughter are lovely/fun and will mean a lot during recuperation.

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    1. Wow, that sounds like a really serious surgery. I hope that it went well for you. Your easy close gown with the snaps sounds really great too!

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  9. So pretty, and such a thoughtful thing to make! They remind me of April Cornell style. Hope your daughter's surgery goes well and she's feeling better soon.

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  10. These are just beautifully made, Ann.

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