Thursday, November 14, 2013

Aloha Birthday Pajama Top with Lots of Good Feelings

McCall's Aloha birthday pjs
Free time is running in short supply these days, and my goal is always to reduce my self-induced stress.  So for my birthday this year I decided to sew up my Aloha pajama top using a McCall's pattern that I've used a million times (slight exaggeration).

The fabric is from the Robert Kaufman "Aloha Flannel 2" line (yes, 2) in the color of Sunshine.  :)

And I really love the color.  It is a bright, warm, happy yellow that generates good memories and good feelings.  I purchased it at Kaimuki Dry Goods while in Honolulu this past May.  I picked it up while shopping with MushyWear, and we went there based on SunnyGal Studio's recommendation.

Here's when I bought it!
my haul from Kaimuki

I decided to take loving shots of the pajama top like it was an epic piece of work, like jeans or a lined coat.  Kind of a like a little joke to myself.

This is the first pj top I've sewn since learning how to use my serger (I know!)  All raw edges were serged.
McCall's Aloha birthday pjs

I actually sewed the side vents--never have before
McCall's Aloha birthday pjs
I actually drew the stitching line on my V-neck using the blue Chakoner (and um, yeah, it hasn't, um, come off yet, but I'm thinking it will come off in the wash).
McCall's Aloha birthday pjs
I know it's big and shapeless and has no detailing, but I love it.

McCall's Aloha birthday pjs

I wear my pj tops with at least one layer underneath.
It's just how I roll.

McCall's Aloha birthday pjs

And I actually ironed the flannel all during the process.  Ironing flannel, I don't even know who I am anymore.

So this pajama top took me three weekends to sew--that shows you how short my free time is lately.  I finished it about 2 weeks after my actual birthday....close enough in my world of "less self induced stress".

Also yellow for my birthday: the last of the Princeton Farmers Market flowers:
The final farmers market flowers of the season
These lasted two weeks! Gorgeous.

Yellow yellow yellow.

Happy happy happy.

Relieved relieved relieved.

I have a big adventure coming up this week.  It's a work trip....with some sewing fun at the end.  You'll see!

Be well!

15 comments:

  1. I really dislike that moment when you realize the chalk/pen/pencil line you drew for a guide might - not - come off.

    Happy sunshine sewing.

    p.s. I might love my serger more than I love my husband.

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  2. I missed your birthday! Hope it was fun. Love the pj's - with that gorgeous yellow you will always wake up I a great mood!

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  3. Such sunny and happy fabric. Enjoy!

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  4. I've been using the same McCall's pj pattern for well over 20 years. And what'd be wrong with that? When I think pajamas, I don't want a production, I'm already in relaxed mode. That said, your fabric is positively delicious :-). Goodnight!

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  5. Memories of Hawaii will surely serve you well in the deep of winter!

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  6. Well roll on girl! There is nothing like sleeping pretty and that is just what you'll do in those pj's!

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  7. Very cheery colors! You'll love wearing that PJ top, every single time.

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  8. Yikes. Did I miss your birthday?? Happy belated hatching day!

    Cute jammie top. Yellow is nice this time of year. =)

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  9. Your pj's look great, they deserve all the detail shots! And good on you for being such a dedicated sewist that you pressed your flannelette!

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  10. Happy Birthday and enjoy your delightful pajamas!

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  11. I love flannel jammies. Your top is such a great color, and how fun that it will remind you of a fun vacation and sewing friends every time you wear it!

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  12. I love your pajama top! I have vintage sheets set aside to make into wonderful soft cotton pajamas - just as soon as I have time!

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  13. Happy belated birthday! What a great way to celebrate -- with a bright and cheery pajama top!

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday Kyle!!! I like your pajamas, and I love the sunny color. I bet they are all warm and cozy-feeling!

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