Spring flowers

I’m increasingly desperate to visit Japan – not only home to my favourite knitting and fabric designers, but also my favourite films, plants, animals… I’m coming round to the food too!

Anyway, until the time comes that I can actually visit, I have to make do somehow. So I made this gorgeous kimono.

The fabric is a peony print rayon from Wear Lemonade, the pattern is the Asaka Kimono, from my favourite Named Clothing. And the sunshine is a gift on a February weekend!

I declined to take modelled shots, as I had prioritised sewing over showering the weekend I finished this. Maybe later, on instagram. ūüôā



Look at the awkward French joke I’ve made for the title of this post! Yay. Now let’s look at my new incredible bloomers I’ve made for summer sleep times. I also made a matching pj top, self-drafted but based on one I saw at Gap of all places.

I’ve secretly been dreaming of bloomers for infantile big people like myself for a long time; I have this vision of going to visit my friend Sophie in Cornwall and going to the seaside to go rock-pooling in Liberty-print bloomers.

As a first stab though, these make for very sweet dreams. I love the panda-breads and panda-pastries; they delight me every time I look down at them.

Top is self-drafted, bloomers are adapted from the free Madeleine bloomers pattern by Colette (added a few inches of extra waist length). Fabric is from Miss Matatabi.

Raccoon cocoon

Everyone seems to be making robes at the moment. When I was in Toronto at Christmas I popped into The Workroom on my last day and couldn’t bear not to get a significant meterage of Rae Ritchie’s beautiful flannel fabrics – I opted for Moon Phases and Foxtail Forest, which features owls, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and of course, raccoons.

So here’s my robe. I adapted it severely from a free pattern in my mum’s Prima magazine, because after buying the fabric I couldn’t afford to buy a pattern.

This robe is so cosy. I may never take it off. And of course, it has pockets.

Perfect pyjamas 

I’ve been meaning to make a more solid pair of summer pyjamas for ages, given the amount of wear I get out of my two pairs of¬†Lakeside pjs. But they’re a bit indiscreet¬†when my mum has friends round for dinner, and I’ve been hankering after a more classic option.

I chose to make Closet Case Files’¬†Carolyn Pyjamas¬†partly¬†because Canadians are awesome and partly because it’s really the best classic pj pattern out there at the moment.

I used a woven stripe double gauze from¬†Miss Matatabi¬†which is super soft. About two¬†weeks after buying the fabric, a wider stripe became available and I do slightly wish I’d used that instead, but hey-ho, what I’ve got is still pretty perfect.

I wanted to keep things simple so I omitted the piping in the pattern. I’m also rather chuffed with my stripe matching generally, given the reluctance of double gauze to stay still when going through the machine.

Buttons were purchased after much pawing through boxes of  vintage treasure at The Workroom in Toronto. I like how soft they are.

Counting sheep

Two sheep posts almost in a row! I hope, dear readers, this does not induce extreme sleepiness in you. On the other hand, if all this sheep sewing has tired me out, I now at least have summer pyjamas to hand.

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This is my second pair of Grainline Studio’s brilliant Lakeside Pyjamas. Hard to believe – the first pair was made over two years ago (pre-blog)! I’ve been wearing the first pair a lot recently, and thought it would be nice to mix it up with a new version. In case you’re wondering, version one is in Lizzy House Constellations fabric.

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The bias binding tape (as you can see in the photos) was really gross. I usually use nice soft satiny bias tape from John Lewis and it works beautifully. This stuff was from Fabricland and it is stiff and plasticky and has deformed the sheepy double gauze. Sad face!

Also I maybe only bought 3 metres of bias tape, because who ever heard of needing 7 yards of bias tape for one project?! Thankfully the tape was really wide, so I just sliced it in half down the middle, along all three metres of it. In the end I had about 30cm left over.

This project was eked out of the margins of the cutting layout I used for my mum’s Camber dress. Lots of refolding here and there and skimping on seam allowances to get the pieces out.

Despite the bias tape, these pjs are THE BEST. Also, why do Americans spell pyjamas “pajamas”? So weird. Reminds me of “llamas”.



I have a thing about sloths. I really love them. The more interested I get in moss gardens the more I admire them. They go to the trouble of rubbing excrement into their fur in order to foster a healthy growth of moss of their bodies, for snacks on the go and fabulous eco hipster look.

But aside from the fact that they smell of composts, sloths are super cute, super slow, and basically like leftover coat hangers from the Age of Dinosaurs. So when I saw some incredible slothtastic fabric online I had to have it.

I’ve made myself these brilliant sloth pyjamas, loosely based on this free Simplicity pattern. I made the legs wider, gathered the waist and ankles, ditched the waistband, and added sweatshirting cuffs to the waist and ankles. This means I can traipse around the house pantaloonishly.

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Inside it’s all French seams, because the fabric is double gauze, which frays rather a lot. I’m going through a double gauze phase right now, and obsessing rather more about Japanese fabric than I used to. It’s rather fun to be trying out fabrics that Liberty does’t make! Although they’re certainly missing a trick with double gauze. I would wear this stuff all the time if I could.