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Pijama update

Yesterday evening, I finished putting together my pattern and then started cutting. I think I managed to cut the silk properly, although obviously it's very wavy. However, these are pijamas - I think I'll manage even if the measurements are a little off.

I slipped out for lunch today to get some white silk for the top, as I discovered 1m is not enough for shorts and top, although it would be enough for two tops or a top and a skirt... While scouring the John Lewis stuff, I found out this particular type of silk is, in fact, silk satin. I also took my time to touch other pure silks so now I know what to expect from habotai and dupioni as well. I am a bit upset that I forgot to look carefully at the chiffon, but there's always next time!

I was also looking for some fabric stabilizer but I couldn't find any. While looking for the stabilizer, I briefly considered getting a even feed foot for my machine (seeing how I'll be sewing a lot of silk soon), but at 30 pounds I ultimately decided against it. I checked and they have the same price, shipping considered. I did not expect that it would be so expensive online as well - I suppose it must be the brand name.

On my checklist:
1. Make bias binding out of white silk/print silk.
2. Sew up bottoms
3. Cut & sew top

I'm quite apprehensive about the sewing process. My previous silk experiments all failed... miserably. However, now I know more about sewing so hopefully it will be better. I'm planning to use french seams throughout, and I'm quite curious how that will work on the crotch area. It's just a normal seam, right? I just need to be careful with leg-in-leg positioning!


  1. mmm silk pjs, that must be nice! I have something that looks like a singer walking foot that I don't use (my sewing machine is an old bernina). I wonder if you're interested, I could take a picture of it and you'd tell me if it's the right foot for your machine

  2. Yeah, they're nice, I spent 7 hours on them yesterday! French seams all around.

    Thanks for the offer. I did realize after Karen's post on Saturday that these are also called walking feet. Silly me - this opened a whole new world on Amazon and I ended up ordering a no-name for 9.95, which I thought was pretty good.


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