Pyjama Party Goes Live!

I love my new pyjamas. They’re so sweet. They fit really well. I spent a large part of yesterday wearing them!

Thank you all so much for supporting the Pyjama Party. It’s been more than I ever hoped it could be and now I have TWO new pairs of pyjama bottoms for my imminent trip to America.

Without further ado, let the fun begin! Feel free to add your comment below with a link to your pyjama blog post. Or send me an email with a photo! Either way, you’ll be automatically entered for the giveaway which ends at 7am GMT 30 April.

Keep tuning in today for more posts to help us enjoy the Pyjama Party!

I leave you with a leaping photo. I wanted to recreate that magical moment in Mama Mia when Meryl Streep (my heroine) bounces on the bed and does the splits mid-air. Go, girl! Sadly, I’m not quite that flexible, but check out the word on The Daily Mood Board propped up on my bed head. Quite.

And what am I reading right now?

How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran. Forgot you were ever a feminist yet wonder why you have this simmering sense of frustration with the world and your place in it? Want to remember what it was like to have your first crush or your first period? Agonised by guilt at having domestic help, but notice that someone else isn’t ironing his work shirts? You need to read this book. It’s AWESOME.

On which note, bring on the boys! A male reader commented recently (hello, Matthew!), and I’d love to hear from more if they’re out there. Sewing’s for everyone. Isn’t that why we all got into it in the first place?

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132 Responses to Pyjama Party Goes Live!

  1. Oh my goodness, I’m the first comment! Woohoo! First off, I love your PJs. Beautiful fabric and well made. (And I really liked the how-to posts you did all week.) Next, the pajama party chez nous. Well, I’m a nightgown kind of woman, so I made a new pair of PJs for my daughter instead and fixed the waistband on a pair I made for my son last year. Blogged here:

    I’m currently reading three books: Watership Down (never read it before, can you imagine?), Therese Raquin (taking me a long time as I don’t read that quickly in French) and finishing up a young adult fantasy novel, Power of Three. The latter is an interesting read because it’s actually from the 70s, pre-dating the Harry Potter generation of YA sci-fi series. It’s very well written and its message of peace and co-operation is (sadly) still needed today.

  2. Good Morning! Love the floral bottoms, if you know what I mean?
    This was my first Sewalong and I greatly enjoyed taking part, thanks ‘sew’ much for being the perfect host.
    My Pyjama post is at .
    As to the bedtime reading…few people know that in the Charter Of Librarians there is a line that suggests you have a stack of at least half a dozen half-read items teetering at your bedside. If I had to choose one to tell you about today it would be ‘Does Anything Eat Wasps?’, it’s one of a series of books based on the readers’ question column in the New Scientist. Imagine the science-y bits of QI and you’re getting close to the tone of the thing. It answers such questions as ‘Do black trousers make your bum look smaller’ (The scientists say ‘Yes’, but I think that we all knew that!)

  3. The PJ bottoms worked out great. Thanks for the useful tips, Karen… you covered everything! My first pair of trousers!

    But I shall definitely need a reminder of How to Be a Woman after making my mannish pyjama top and inviting unflatterning comments from my disloyal family. The full horror is on!
    My book is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer.

    Looking forward to your next sewalong!

    • eumoronorio says:

      lol I love your disloyal family comment. I’m almost afraid to ask to my husband “so what do you think?” after finishing a new sewing project or recipe. He’s very honest and untactful, but at least I know the truth.

  4. Karen says:

    Hey, nice PJs! Thanks for hosting the party, for all the good tips, and for the book suggestion.
    Now you just have to look at all those photos….:)

  5. Liz says:

    I really love your PJs… they look great.
    Mine are here…along with the book I am reading (on my new sewing blog)
    Thanks so very much for the inspiration!!!!!!

  6. I have finished the trousers and my Boy is prepared to model them BUT we have to rush out for a rowing presentation in about 15 minutes, so it won’t be until we get home. THEN I don’t know if I can download directly from my camera (usually I do it via an app but, well, things aren’t working properly at the moment). I’m pleased to report, though, that for once my central precision is perfectly precise.

    Thank you hosting the sewalong, for being such a patient teacher when we all got our PJ bottoms in a tangle over recalcitrant elastic – or was that just me? – and generally encouraging us to greater heights (or should that be depths?) of creativeness.

  7. Jane says:

    Wahay! The party’s started! Thanks for hosting such a fab sew along Karen, here’s my post: I’m reading Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin at the moment, but I got How to be a Woman for my birthday and am so excited that you think it’s awesome, it’s definitely next on my list. Right, bring on the pillow fights! x

  8. I should add my present reading, shouldn’t I? It’s a reread, really, of Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan. It’s one of those books you enjoy at various levels, sometimes to revisit old and much-loved worlds in a new tale (my favourite is the Old Kingdom, Garth Nix’s fantastic creation) and sometimes to discover authors whose work you haven’t previously read, or to try again with authors whose work you haven’t liked before but are prepared to give a second go. All of those things. Good bedtime reading, though.

  9. Roobeedoo says:

    Paaarrrrtaaaay! I’m up for a pillow fight if anyone else is feeling Tiggerish this morning?!
    I have blogged my PJs here:
    I have just finished reading The Understudy by David Nicholls (as pictured in my post) and can’t get stop casting the film-of-the-book in my head! Definitely Martin Freeman for the role of Steve C. McQueen! But I am stuck for the female lead…

  10. redsilvia says:

    Yay for pajama parties! Let’s stay up all night giggling and eating pizza…

    My froggy pjs are here:

    My book is The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (scary Norwegian noir). See you in San Francisco where it’s 75 degrees this weekend.

  11. Lotte says:

    Ooh, lovely pyjamas Karen, and very fine action shot. I wore my pyjamas to work today and my, were they comfortable. I am withdrawing myself from your giveaway on the basis that I feel I may be cheating by making a dress with flannelette, and also chocolate always melts when you send it over the equator. But I will tell you what I’m reading at present – a parenting book from the 80s (retro!) and the marvellous frankie magazine. I have to admit that I haven’t read a novel since my daughter was born… but that gives me more time for sewing blogs! Have a wonderful pyjama party m’dear! x

  12. Beautiful pjs! Your hot water bottle must be so soft! My print pyjamas are here:
    As redsilvia in the comment above, I’m reading a scandinavian noir (Swedish): The White Lioness by Henning Mankell, and I also started to read How To be A Woman!
    thanks again for hosting this sewalong.

  13. Here’s my post: Thanks for the fun. I can only hope you’ll do this again. I tagged my pictures pyjamaparty2012 in the hope there’ll be one next year. πŸ™‚ You have a gift for communicating your enthousiasm as well as technical information. Whatever the next SAL will be, I am in!

  14. Nice PJ’s Karen! Love the jumping pose. lol Thanks for doing this sew-along, it’s been so much fun. My PJs can be found at

    Looking forward to seeing everyone elses versions over the course of the day. Oh, and my current read? I’m actually reading an academic book; Beginning Teaching Beginning Learning in Primary Education by Janet Moyles as I’m making a major career change come September to re-train as a primary school teacher and thought I’d get some reading in before the course starts!

  15. happyhermit says:

    Morning! My Pj’s are made from a charity shop bed sheet, from the 70’s i am guessing! I am reading Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson which is all about women’s lives during the second world war. Very readable and moving. Thanks for a great sew a-long (my first) and I am e-mailing you a picture.

  16. Good morning. These Pjs are so chic and the book recommendation is now added to my books to read. Thank you so much for running this party. Opened my eyes for lounge wear.Im now hooked.

    The sewing community is the most caring,friendly place to share, so here is my pjs:

    I’m reading Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Tina says:

      LOOOOOVE that collection! I used to have a 2-book omnibus of Sherlock Holmes but some how managed to lose the first volume….

      • Kat H says:

        Sherlock Holmes stories are awesome – I’ve got them all. Thinking about them now is making me want to go read them again! πŸ˜‰

  17. Vicki Kate says:

    Thank you for kicking my sewing MoJo back to me Karen! I’ve had a blast sewing my PJs and discovered that I love Colette’s Cinnamon pattern as an added bonus.

    My three pairs of PJ trousers and one Cinnamon slip are on my blog, as well as my sewing centric reading material… I just wish the weather would warm up so I could wear my cotton lawn set!

  18. Marie says:

    Morning! I’m currently NOT wearing my PJ bottoms because they are so fugly:

    Thanks for hosting such an awesome sewalong Karen, I’ve had sch fun taking part and I’ve loved all your witty posts. Your PJ bottoms are are super cute and I’m impressed with your jumping splits, Meryl would be proud for sure!

    I’m currently reading I Capture the Castle – I got it from work as part of World Book Night and I’ve only just started it so can’t comment yet ;o)

  19. Kerry says:

    Thanks for hosting the PJ Party. I have posted about my PJs here:
    I really like your floral PJ bottoms, very sophisticated!

    • Kerry says:

      Oh, and er, I’m not reading any books at the minute – I hope that doen’t disqualify me from the party! I go through phases of reading when I find a book/books I’m really into. At the minute I’m in a phase of playing Angry Birds pre-bed… πŸ™‚
      Nice to hear your recommendation for the Caitlin Moran book. I very nearly bought it on Amazon recently so I should probably go and buy it now.

  20. charlottepb says:

    Isn’t this so much fun!! Karen I love your new summery looking pjs. I have that book on my list to read, everyone says its very good. I’ve now posted my pjs at

  21. paunnet says:

    This was such a fun idea, Karen! thanks for hosting the sewalong.
    My pyjama post is here:
    As I wrote there, my current reading is George RR Martin’a “A Dance With Dragons”.
    And now, fingers crossed for the giveaway, ’cause those prizes are great! πŸ™‚

  22. What a sleepover! I think we were up all night chatting about *stuff*, you know! But here’s my post evidencing it all
    And I’m still reading “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall – it’s not a big book, but I’m just not getting much reading done. It’s great – all about ultra running, but not in a scary way, written in a very engaging & at times quite exciting way!!

  23. erin says:

    Thanks for your invitation to the party! I haven’t had this much fun in blogland for a long time. My pjs are here: and I’m re-reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, after watching the BBC tv series recently.
    I really like your pjs, they’re very ladylike in your 1st pic and sporty at the same time – in your 2nd pic πŸ™‚

  24. prttynpnk says:

    Ok, here I go, Karen-
    This was so much fun, but I swear, I’ve never been so nervous hitting the publish button- why do jammie photos make me feel more naked than most of m,y cleavage monster ensembles??

  25. Anne W says:

    Great pj’s all round!! Here’s my contribution: Reading material is on the post.

  26. Party Time!! Although I may be breaking the rules by bringing a BOY!! I made PJs for my husband, and you can read about them here

    He’s ‘reading’ Harry Potter as you can see from the photo, and I’m reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – it’s nuts!!

  27. Erika says:

    Hey, very nice pyjamas Karen, love the floral pattern!

    Here are my pyjamas:

    Right now I’m reading Jacobs room by Virginia Woolf. Thank you so much for this sew along, I really enjoyed it!

  28. Nettie says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for inviting me to the party! It gave me the incentive to dust of the sewing machine, and I have lots more projects planned now. Practice makes perfect, right? My plaid pyjamas are blogged here

    I’m reading the wonderful David Mitchell’s first book, Ghostwritten. It tells the tales of many people over many continents with strange and intriguing connections. Beautifully written. I’m loving it and can’t wait to read his other books too. (Funnily enough, David Mitchell is also being read by the previous commenter.)

  29. katlane12 says:

    Thanks for hosting the pj party! It is such a fun idea. I just managed to finish my pj’s this morning. My pj pics can be found here:-

    The book that I am reading at the moment is Wicked by Sara Shepard. It’s the 5th book in the Pretty Little Liars series.

  30. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much for hosting. I made one pair of PJs but think I might need another pair!!

    Blogged about here:

    The book I am reading is New York by Edward Rutherford. A sweeping history of new York City.

  31. francoise says:

    Thanks for hosting Karen, it has been great fun! My pyjamas are on my blog (can’t put the link to the page, but you can find me by clicking on my name). The book I am reading at the moment is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim, a favourite book of mine that I love re-reading at this time of year.

  32. lisa g says:

    thanks for hosting the pajama party! who knew that pajamas could be so fun, i loved reading your construction posts! i made pj’s for my 7 year old daughter and posted them here:

    since the pj’s are for my daughter, she is currently reading: “animorphs: visser” by k. a. applegate

  33. leahfranqui says:

    I love your pajamas. Hey, I love MY pajamas. I just love pajamas! Now please excuse me while I go enact “Honey Honey”.
    I’m readying an Elizabeth Peters mystery. She writes the best female detectives, I love it.

  34. Lori-Ann Owen says:

    Good afternoon. Thanks for hosting this pyjama party. I had decided to keep these posts in mind to make pyjama bottoms when I had finished my pile of unfinished projects (crescent skirt, vogue dress and pattern runway’s kimono dress) But then I saw the give away! Honest to goodness; I need those socks and that chocolate!! Or even one of the doodas! So I whipped up three pairs of pyjama bottoms for my two children and niece who was visiting. The kids loved having matching pyjamas!
    They are currently reading the Beastquest and Rainbow Fairy series. On my bedside table is Jodi Picoult’s, Sing Me Home. I love her writing as she often tackles difficult or controversial subjects in a way which makes you question your own feelings on the topic.
    I will email the picture to you as I don’t blog.

  35. elle c says:

    I actually did two posts, one for the PJ`s and one for the reading material! What can I say? I am a reader. The first one is the jammies and the second one is the reading material.

    Here is a condensed version of my current reading material.
    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts-Gabor MatΓ©
    The Power of Habit-by Charles Duhigg
    The Happiness Project-by Gretchen Rubin
    Flip the Switch-by Jim Karas
    Flip the Switch-by Robert Cooper
    Tastebuds and Molecules-Francois Chartier
    Death Comes to Pemberley-by P. D. James

    Thank you for hosting this sewalong Karen!

  36. Fantastic! Love all the PJs and this is such fun! Well done Karen πŸ™‚
    My summery PJs are here:

    As for what I’m reading…… Burda magazines and some of my Threads magazines! I’m in the mood to read a book though so I’ll definitely get some ideas from all the comments on this post.

  37. Jacq C says:

    I don’t have a blog so I’ve emailed you some photos separately. This was good fun, thank you. I made 2 pairs because I chose to make shorts (suffer dreadfully with Tangled Leg Syndrome) and they went together so quickly I felt like I’d cheated! And, because I used up leftovers etc I spent a grand total of Β£1 – result! My bedside book pile is huge (as evidenced in photos) but 1 book I have on the go is Peter Robinson ‘Bad Boy’ – I love PR’s books, am I the only person disappointed by the TV adaptations? I’m definitely a homemade PJ convert, why would you buy them? πŸ™‚

  38. Such a lovely party, thank you for inviting us! My PJs are on my brand new made for the occasion blog,
    Now to look at every one’s lovely creations.

  39. To finish I’d just like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Karen. This is such a fantastic idea for a Pyjama Part Sewalong and I really enjoyed it.
    You can read about me putting my pyjamas together here:

    I’m in the midst of reading Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories – Volume II. I really enjoy this read. I feel sad when I finish a book I enjoy, so when I find one I really like I savour it and take as long as possible to finish it. Another book I’m slowly making my way through is Roald Dahl: Collected Short Stories. I really enjoy the interesting twists in these fantastic bite-sized stories. Just fantastic.

  40. Rehanon says:

    Hey my dear,

    Thanks again for organising a lovely day of lazing in leisure wear. Your PJs are so nice πŸ™‚ My totally tropical take on bedwear can be found at –

    Have a fabulicious time taking it easy one and all,


  41. Done! And thank you for organising this, I’m loving all the social sewing it’s brought about =D

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  43. grenouille78 says:

    Whew! 46 replies already! Darn 9 hour time difference. But here’s the link to my finished pajamas! I’m looking forward to going back and checking out everyone else’s, but not right now… there’s a sale at the fabric store and I need to get going! A kid-free day!! Have fun, ladies! And Matthew…

  44. 5currantbuns says:

    I just want to say a big thank you. Your sew a long was the inspiration I needed to try sewing for someone over the age of 7 (and much wider and taller)
    My PJ’s are at the end of my post

    What I want to read at the moment is Stirred but not Shaken by Keith Floyd purchased earlier today but what I am reading (for book club on tuesday) is Flowers for Algernon by Danie Keyes
    (Also by the bed Tender by Nigel Slater, Sewing for Boys and The Thirties by someone called Judith)

  45. Laura says:

    I’m all done with mine! Blog post at:

    I put the book I’m reading in the blog post as well, but it is The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky by Meloy Ellen.

  46. Far says:

    Good morning! πŸ™‚ I thought I would never finish mine in time, but I did! I blogged about it at:

    Rereading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m drawn to investigative type books (and movies, TV series and documentaries), but I also read other stuff, whatever I can get my hands into really. Except for fantasy really, with the exception of Harry Potter. I’m a Potter fan! So thank you so much for all the recommendations here.

  47. Shell says:

    Thank you Karen for leading the Pyjama Party sewalong. It is so much fun, and I couldn’t slack off with a deadline. This is my first time making PJs (the bottoms) and it was so easy. I wouldn’t have tried if it hadn’t been for your great idea.

    I am reading “All the Devils Are Here” about the financial crisis.

    Here is my make:

  48. VeraVenus says:
    and me in mine… vintage style of course. More for lounging in than sleeping.
    And I’m currently reading Stephen King ‘Dreamcatcher’.
    This was such a good idea, thank you for hosting it!

  49. Tina says:

    Why hello there pajama friends!

    I finished up my PJs yesterday and have been wearing them ever since. I even contemplated wearing them to the play we went and say last night! My post about the jammies is over here (it’s a bit picture heavy):

    I highly recommend The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It’s a fabulous Pulitzer Prize winning novel about friendship, love, and comic books post-WWII (you can read more about it on my blog).

  50. Karen I loved this sewalong, it was great! And I actually made something for me, thank you!
    Here are my pj’s:-

    The book I am reading at the moment is The Pact by Jodi Picoult, the story is about young love and a suicide that may or may not be a suicide but rather a murder, just getting into it so I have yet to decide wether or not it is a good read.

  51. Oh I do love your bouncy photo and couldn’t agree more with Meryl Streep being your hero! I love her! Though I ashamedly admit that I’ve not seen Mama Mia… Your pj bottoms are fantastic and you look positively dishy in them! This book you’re reading I must get my hands on! How wonderful! I finished my pj pants just in the knick of time! Here they are:
    I’m so looking forward to clicking through everyones pyjamas! Yay!

  52. Tessa says:

    Thanks for hosting this Karen! It was a perfect first sewalong for me, and it’s been a lot of fun! My PJs are here
    I’m reading Farundell, by L.R. Fredericks – set in a country house in the early 1920s. I haven’t read enough yet to be able to say too much, but it’s good so far!

  53. Melizza says:

    Oh man. I cannot to sit back and catch up and see what I’ve missed at the party.

    This was great fun. I really enjoyed making mine and look forward to making some nice flannel ones.My jammies are blogged about here:

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  56. Amanda says:

    Hi Karen! I’ve finished my jim jams! Thanks for the great sew-along. They’re here:

    I’m reading “Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig”. Kind of an odd read perhaps, considering the crowd! I grew up a big baseball fan and think that Lou Gehrig is an interesting fella. I credit Gary Cooper’s performance in the movie “Pride of the Yankees” with introducing me to Gehrig πŸ™‚

  57. ericapenton says:

    Oh, so many cute p.j.’s! I love yours – floral is the way to go! Here are mine:
    I tried to clandestinely jump on the bed while visiting my parents without laughing for the photos. It was very difficult. I’m always, always reading The New Yorker. It comes every week and is hard to keep up on!

  58. Nicky P says:

    It’s done! I’ve channelled the spirit of my lovely old Grandad, but knocking up a pair in a strange kind of paisley print. I don’t have a blog, but a photo is winging it’s way to you now Karen! My reading material is Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes – not my normal choice, but I have a bookclub reading deadline to meet! Happy reading and partying everyone x

    Nicky P

  59. Coco says:

    I had a lovely time, thanks so much for the invite! My jammies:
    I’m reading Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. I just so enjoy his introspective, candid, well-researched forays into places I cannot go. I think he is both brilliant and brave, and I am glad he feels compelled to write about his experiences.

    Happy PJ day to all! Coco

  60. Amy says:

    Hi everyone! I’m joining in this pyjama party as well! Karen, yours are lovely, and you have quite a guest list here! What fun! I posted about my pajamas here:

    I also mentioned the book I’m currently reading, George R. R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons”. My husband and I have been reading the whole Song of Ice and Fire series to each other since our honeymoon in the Alps this past summer. They’re fun books, and we enjoy taking in the drama together.

    Happy pyjama party everyone! Thanks, Karen, for being such a wonderful host!

  61. alibobs says:

    Hi Karen,
    I am a long-time reader but new commenter – Your pyjama party was just what I needed on a wet and gloomy day! I popped to the shops this afternoon and rustled up my pjs this evening – Perfect for a night snuggled up on the sofa πŸ™‚
    I think it is time to get my Jammie Dodgers!

  62. shivani says:

    Thanks for hosting an amazing PJ party! It’s been fun! Here are my PJs with details of my current read: x

  63. Sue says:

    I’m done! I was so excited sewing them, that I forgot to try the French seams πŸ™ Oh well. I’m really happy with my results. And I have to say it’s been fun looking at and reading about the other pyjamas (and books).

  64. eumoronorio says:

    I loved this sew-a-long! Here’s mine: and I’m reading Chalice by Robin McKinley. I love reading and sewing so this was a fun combo to see all the lovely PJs and books! I’m going to have to read some of these in the future.

  65. KC says:

    Late to the festivities but here at last! What a great party!
    I’m (occasionally, perpetually) reading Dorothy Dunnett’s The Spring of the Ram, about which I babble at length on my blog.

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  67. Bold Sewist says:

    Yay! I made it to the party! Now I’m off to look at all the other party fun. And later I’ll be going to bed with Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Thanks for hosting – it was a fantastic idea! x

  68. susew says:

    Half of the PJs are done, hope to cut out the top tomorrow. β€Ž
    Will start reading Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd tonight.
    Love any book by Barabara Kingsolver.

  69. traci says:
    I’m done!! I made my boys new pj’s. Thanx for the inspiration…. PS LOVE your pj’s too cute and the hem… LUSH
    As for the books I’m reading well there’s quite a few!!!
    Happy Saturday!! x

  70. makeitgiveit says:

    Here is my offering
    Thanks Karen for such a wonderful idea. I do love your Jammies
    Looking forward to sneaking into all the other PJ parties around πŸ™‚

  71. Sew Sister says:

    Oops I forgot to put my link up
    Love your PJ’s and your hottie cover πŸ™‚

  72. kbenco says:

    Your pyjamas are very pretty. Thanks for inviting us all to your party, it is great fun. I have posted about my pyjamas and the book(s) that inspired them
    I am off to make some jammy biscuits now, how nice of teen granny to bring them

  73. I guess I need to get better at figuring out the time difference. Oh well, I am still thrilled to have participated in this challenge. I love my pyjamas and have really enjoyed the tutorials. I don’t know why I never thought of putting a ribbon loop in the waistband. I always hang my pants on the hook on the back of my bathroom door creating a silly bump.
    I am reading One Child by Torey L. Hayden. It is a great story that really tugs on the heart.
    Thanks for putting this out there Karen!

  74. thanks so much for hosting!! here are my pj’s: and reading material πŸ™‚

  75. Andrea says:

    Yea yea yea yea, PJs!! Thanks so much for hosting — this was fun. If you want to see the only seamster who actually MESSED UP royally while sewing her simple-as-hell PJ pants, please see my blog post here:

    I’m on a road trip right now so yesterday I picked up a new sewing book in a random secondhand store in West Virginia on our lunch break. It’s Better Home & Garden’s “Sewing Book: Sewing How To for Home and Family.” It was published in 1961 so of course I love the vintage aesthetics of it. It goes over how to alter and modify patterns for better fit, and also overviews some sewing techniques that I wasn’t familiar with before. Excited to dig into it some more!

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  77. gingermakes says:

    Thanks a billion, Karen! You’re the best! I had such a lovely time stitching up pajamas with y’all!

  78. Carolyn says:

    Your PJ’s are as cute as a button!
    You’ve seen mine πŸ™‚ but here is the link…
    Unfortunately they were not inspired by a book but by the available fabric, hehe. Books? Just finished the Snowman, by Jo Nesbo. Gripping stooff.

  79. Kristen says:

    PJs here:

    Love yours! I’m currently reading Cutting for Stone – I’m liking it so far, just an interesting story. I love books that take place in other places.

  80. Rachel says:

    I’ve posted about my PJs here:

    I’m currently reading “A Dance with Dragons”, and i’m sooo close to finishing it!

  81. fiddleydee says:

    Last minute made it – it’s still the 28th where I am. Your floral pjs are super cute – I love the jumping on the bed photos. Mine are here:

    Bedtime reading is The Inner Game of Music, a book on conquering performance fears, and today at the library I picked up Gunn’s Golden Rules. The photo of Tim Gunn on the front has him looking insufferably smug, but I’ll give it a go.

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  83. Kirsty S says:

    Am I late? the PJs have been road tested/ bed tested and proven to keep me warm at night – blog post and photos here – including the pile of books at my bedside.
    What a fab idea for a sewalong, simple fun and most people need them. Thanks!

  84. Kat H says:

    Hey there folks!

    Sure, technically I’m a day late if you look at where I am in regards to the date line, but I figure since it’s not the end of the 28th in some parts of the world yet, I might just squeeze in, yes? (*fingers crossed I didn’t completely miss the party!*)

    Mine are up on my blog, right here:

    Nothing overly exciting in the reading material line this weekend I’m afraid – I’ve got a self-imposed ban on books going on right now due to my inability to put them down and resultant being super tired at work state. Oops!

  85. ozviking says:

    Karen your idea of a Pyjama Party got me out from under the covers and finally attempt to write a blog post. This is my first – but hopefully there will be many more to come πŸ™‚ My post is here:
    I always have several books on the go at one time. At the moment they are:
    The Cry and the Covenant by Morton Thompson – a fictionalised story about the discovery of how infections were transmitted and Ignaz Semmelweis’ battle with the medical authorities in the mid 1800s to convince them to wash their hands.
    The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel – the sixth and final book in the Earth Children series about life in the last Ice Age.
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – the cancer cells harvested from Henrietta in 1950 became the HeLa cells which were vital for developing polio vaccine, uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, in vitro fertilisation, cloning and gene mapping.

  86. Jill says:

    Wow, am I the last one up? At our slumber parties growing up, the last ones up got to play “harmless” pranks on the early-to-beds, muahahaha! But, I’ve matured since then, ahem, and just want to say thank you to Karen for hosting such a fun sew along. I look forward to wading through all the glorious PJs tomorrow!!
    Currently wearing these:

    And reading (listening) “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami

  87. Kat says:

    Hi Karen, thanks so much for hosting the Pyjama Party! I love your PJs πŸ™‚ I have finally finished mine, better a day late than never …. (and i can assure Andrea she is not the only sewist who manage to mess up her pyjamas!)

  88. Kat says:

    Oh and I’m currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love”…I fell asleep during the film and was determined the book must be better. So far I’m finding it sadly hard to get in to.

    • That is very normal. Feel free to give up and spend your precious ATP on something more worthy. XD

      • Kat H says:

        I must admit, I didn’t think much of the book. First third was quite good, second third was kinda boring, I didn’t even bother finishing the final third. *sigh*

  89. Alessa says:

    Oh, look who also finally finished their PJs! I finished mine just this morning! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for hosting the party, Karen, it’s been so much fun! I love your fabric, btw – pretty roses!
    I’m currently reading Samuel Shem’s “House of God”, a novel about medical interns in an American hospital in the 70s. It’s pretty horrifying, I’m so glad I’m an intern today and not back then…

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  91. Thank you for hosting this party, I have enjoyed it so much and will join in so of the fun and games later. Here are my finished PJs I am currently reading The Summer Book by Tove Jannson, I picked this because it is written by the person who developed the Moomins!!

  92. Fiona says:

    Not so much sweet dreams for me as the stuff of nightmares!
    Full of enthusiasm, I cut out my PJs on Friday evening, narrowly missing severing a fingertip with the rotary cutter.
    Yesterday, I wasted a day of my life attempting to make the PJ pants out of slinky, slippery, 4 way stretchy knitty fabric, which my machine was determined to eat instead of sew,
    This morning, undeterred, I decided to throw myself into making the top instead. I had some funky retro squares print jersey fabric in shades of pink, yellow & black, a perfect match for the cerise jersey pants. I couldn’t find my instructions, but hey, it’s not long since I made a Sorbetto, so surely I can remember how to do it …
    I forgot the darts completely. The fabric disappeared down the needle hole again. Then I mucked up the bias binding by putting it on upside down.
    The resulting mess is now in the bin. Next time I’ll use a woven fabric.
    So thanks Karen, and I’m sorry I didn’t make it to your party, but glad everyone else had a good time and I have enjoyed looking at all the beautifully made pyjamas.

  93. Ginny says:

    I made up a set for my little girl- she’s once again grown out of all her pyjamas so this was great timing! My post is over here:

    I still have a load more fabrics waitig to make another two or three sets. Lucky they don’t really take long!

  94. Reethi says:

    I’m late, I’m late! But I love my new PJs, thanks so much for providing the necessary incentive to get going! A very necessary addition to my wardrobe.

    Reading list – I just finished reading The Necromancer by Michael Scott (I’ve a soft corner for kids’ fiction and fantasy, and am about to start the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. And there’s always a sewing book and a cookbook by the bed…

  95. Debby says:

    Hope I am not too late for the party, I wasn’t trying to make an entrance, I have just been rather busy with non sewing activities this week-end. Anyway the PJ’s are now available for everyone to see on my blog ( They are not as glamorous as some that have been posted but I think they will be comfy.

    I have also included details of three sewing/fashion books that are in my ‘to read’ or refer to pile. Two were free from Healthy Planet – well worth a visit if you have a branch near you, well worth a rummage for free sewing/fashion books.

    Any comments will be welcome.

    Thank you for inviting me to the party, it has been fun and very informative. Looking forward to the next party.

  96. Suze says:

    Crikey, I’m so late! I’m not feeling too well this weekend – lucky I have an amazing pair of PJ bottoms to wear, eh?? I blogged about them here:!/2012/04/its-raining-glad-i-stayed-in-and-wore.html

    An amazing sewalong, Karen, thank you! I’m off to bed with my current recommended reading, The Return by Hakkan Messer which is some brilliant Nordic crime fiction. Really enjoying it, even through the haze of Night Nurse…
    S x

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  98. Alice says:

    Karen, I love your PJ’s they are brilliant. I’m pretty darn pleased with mine too, you can see them here I took my new jim-jam friends on a little weekend away to bonnie Scotland (Glasgow to be precise) and we had a great time along with bed-time reading friend, A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth which I am loving (even though I feel like I have been reading it FOREVER!!)
    I’ve really really enjoyed this sew-along so thank you so much for hosting it.
    Alice x

    • Tina says:

      Vikram Seth is a brilliant writer, but nearly all his books make one feel as though they’re stuck in a time look and/or black hole!

  99. Lazy Stitching says:

    I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!!
    Here are my jammies. As for bedside reading – I’ve already told you about Forever Young Adult which is where I find most of my escapist reading lists from πŸ™‚

  100. seeks says:

    I’m a little slow, admittedly, but I partied as hardy as I could! It wore me out at least.
    Thanks for being an amazing party host!

  101. I’m a shade late adding my comment, but my post was up on Saturday, well, Saturday my time.
    What a great idea for a sewing party, I really enjoyed making mine and it really made me look at my pj collection, it was sorely needed.
    As for reading material, right now I’m reading 11/23/63 by Stephen King, my first read by Stephen King believe it or not. I’ve seen him speak twice now, got my copy of the book at a reading (my husband snagged an autographed copy) and figured I really should see what it’s all about.

  102. OMG, I’m just squeeking in as usual!
    Here’s my PJ post:
    Great idea, thanks Karen! This got me off my fanny!

  103. Kathryn says:

    Hi Karen, I woke up this morning and my first thought was ‘aargh, I forgot to do a blog post about my PJ’s’. So I realise I’m too late to enter the give-away but still wanted to say a big thank you to you for hosting the sew-along! I’ve had so much fun following along and making my first pair of PJ’s It’s made the whole gigantic sewing learning curve a lot less intimidating!

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  105. Angela says:

    Sigh… I didn’t factor in the time change and missed the deadline. Oh well, I have a cute pair of PJ bottoms, so all is well. I will definitely be on time if you have another sew-along!

  106. Trisha says:

    Unfortunately, I was out of town for a family issue, but my post still got posted–(thanks blogger for letting me schedule this ahead of time). Can I still add mine?!?

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