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Vintage May PJs

In the Workroom, Raven Hoodie & PantsErinComment
Vintage May by Skirt as Top and Craftiness is Not Optional

Have you been following all the Vintage May fun over at Skirt as Top and Craftiness is Not Optional?  I just couldn't resist joining in the fun with a little vintage sheet project that I already had planned for Nora's summer wardrobe--light and airy PJs for hot summer nights.

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

I love working with old sheets--surprisingly, they have a soft drape that makes them ideal for billowy projects, like skirts, full tops and, of course, pajamas!  I also keep the uglier ones on hand for muslins.

I actually used two different sheets for this project--both are incredibly soft to the touch, though the colors on one set have been substantially worn out. Luckily, the contrasting scalloped trim at the top of the flat sheet was still in great shape, so I was able to salvage that for the deep cuffs on the pants.

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

The pants are a cropped version of the Raven Pants, sans front pintucks but with slightly widened legs.  I kept the basic waistband, but modified it to add a drawstring tie in the front. There's still elastic in the back WB, but I attached two fabric ribbons to each end of the elastic and secured them at the side seams by stitching in the ditch.  The ties are pulled out the front WB through a buttonhole I added before attaching it to the pants.

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

The elastic does most of the work to keep the pants on, but the drawstring is there to for a little extra security and a fun splash of color.  

The top is this pattern from a Japanese sewing book (the name of which eludes me): 

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

It uses bias tape to finish the edges around the neck and straps.  Very neat and tidy, though I found it to be very tricky when finishing the armholes--I am still not sure I got it right.  I also guessed at the Nora's size because I couldn't figure out the size chart.

I love the illustrations in these books--so darn precise, which is good with the text nearly all in Japanese (thankfully, numbers are not--you have to add in seam allowance and it can differ within a garment).

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

Anyways, here's my version up closer:

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

I love the print on these sheets--a unique color and good mix of big and small flowers.

Do you have any Vintage May projects lined up this month?

Vintage May PJs
Vintage May PJs

Happy Sewing!

~Erin