Pyjama Party Show And Tell, Plus Giveaway

Giveaway Collage

What do these three people have in common? (Ignore the idiot on the far right.) They all want to help us enjoy our Pyjama Party Tofino Style!

The deadline is in view. (It’s Sunday in case you’ve forgotten.) But you might be feeling a bit jaded, a bit middle-of-the-week, a bit meurgh. Maybe you need a rocket up your toosh. I am happy to supply!

First things first. I thought it might be nice to have a Show And Tell 21st century stylee. So many times I hear people wail ‘If only I was in London!’, ‘Why can’t I join the sewing meet up in Toronto?’ ‘I wish I didn’t live on this gorgeous island so that I could go shopping in Walthamstow!’ Well, now we can meet up wherever we live – with one VERY special guest.

I twisted Tasia’s arm until she couldn’t say ‘no’. The lady behind the pattern, the designer of most beloved patterns to leave Vancouver, has agreed to join us at A VIRTUAL PYJAMA PARTY. The event is being hosted by Shindig and you can sign up here. There are just a few things to bear in mind:

  • There’s a top limit of 50 attendees, so first come first serve.
  • You’ll need a decent Internet connection. If you don’t have one, it may be gracious to stand aside and allow others to grab a place.
  • The hour-long event will take place on Friday 21 June at 3.30pm New York time, 8.30pm UK time and 12.30pm Vancouver time. I’m sorry to anyone outside these time zones, but I don’t own a time travel machine yet. I’m working on it.
  • I’d like readers to nominate questions for Tasia in the comments below. Even if you aren’t able to attend the event itself, I might be able to feed your burning question to our star guest.

Right. Got that? Go, sign up!

Moving on!

At the last Pyjama Party I had a giveaway for anyone who shared their pyjamas on the day by leaving a comment on the launch date. Remember – that is Sunday 23 June. If you leave a comment this Sunday with a link to your finished PJ bottoms, you’ll automatically be entered for our Tofino Style giveaway. If you don’t have a blog and still want to enter, just drop me an email at didyoumakethat[at]fastmail[dot]fm with piccies of your PJs.

The giveaway is sooo good…

Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch has very kindly offered a $75 gift certificate to spend at her shop, where she stocks specialist supplies such as the below lucite buckles. $75!!! To spend on any sewing items you like!!!! How amazing is Sunni? Three cheers to that wonderful woman. (And have you SEEN her latest jacket? Swoon. I love Sunni’s style so much.)


Plus, Kenneth D King has offered a copy of his novel, All Grown Up Now. I’m reading this at the moment and it is such FUN! I’m on the adolescent years and, wow, does he bring back what it is to be young, awkward, rebellious and having a riot with good friends. It makes me – almost! – wish I was a teenager again.


There we have it. A lot of love in the sewing world today. Suck some up, hug it to you – then get sewing those PJs. If you haven’t started yet, you still have five days to crack on. You can make a pair of PJ bottoms in five days, for sure! It will really be worth it.

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31 Responses to Pyjama Party Show And Tell, Plus Giveaway

  1. Helen says:

    Being thick what does the party entail? Is it a Q&A session or chat or what. I dont want to waste a space

    • Really good question. It’s a video format where we share space in a virtual conference room, engaging with each other, and enjoying the hosting skills of a moderator in New York. So you’ll need a computer and Internet connection that are good enough to run video and have a camera facility. If you can use Skype, you can use Shindig. You can see more details here:

    • Oh, also, I’m hoping it will be a combination of a Q&A session and then more informal engagement where we can share what we’ve made, engage a bit more spontaneously. People will be able to talk directly to Tasia!

      • Helen says:

        Ok – I will see how far I get this evening with my PJs and if I make good progress and there are still spaces I will sign up

  2. Helena says:

    I wish I could attend, but can’t due to the most Swedish of all holidays; Midsummer’s eve. Have fun!

    My pants are finished though and I will be partying on Sunday.

  3. Sounds fab! I hope you all have a wonderful time (it will be 4.30 in the morning here so, no, perhaps not). I have ironed my fabric. For me this is marvellous progress. I might even make the deadline!! (It’s been chilly here and I’ve been knitting much needed beanies.) Slightly unnecessary PJ bottoms have taken a back seat though they’ll undoubtedly be very welcome once I’ve actually made them. Thank you for hosting the sewalong and to all the donors for the generous giveaways.

  4. My PJ is ready as I tested Tasia’s pattern. I have signed up for the chat. I’ll be wearing them on Friday.

  5. Marie says:

    Wow, wow, wow! So gutted I’ve not been able to sew along, what a marvellous series of awesomeness you’ve organised! Hope there’s some feedback from the virtual PJ party!!!

  6. Sounds like fun but sadly I’ll be at work! My PJs are ready for Sunday though!

  7. carlalissa says:

    Oh boy… I must participate in both events….cant miss it for the world!! Fantastic idea! and my PJ are almost ready.

  8. Oh lummy, I haven’t even started yet! And since they are for my son, not myself, it’s not eve a particularly big pair to work on, so I really have no excuse. Except that the summer have suddenly arrived (yay!) and now I am too hot and floppy to do anything. Never happy with the weather, us Brits …

  9. sarah davies says:

    Am I meant to be asking my Tasia question here or on Friday night (UK time)? I have definitely got a couple I really want to ask. Have already signed up with Shindig. So far have made the piping, the belt and sewn piping to side pieces. Just bought first ever overlocker so am a bit daunted by the next step which involves FINISHING THE SEAM. But I am SO excited!

    • If you let me know your particular question I can add it to a list of questions I’ll be giving the moderator!

      • Sarah says:

        Questions for Tasia: Okay I’d like to know why she doesn’t put her fabric requirements etc in metric as well as Imperial measurements on the patterns. Secondly, different views and concomitant different fabric requirements on the pattern. E.g. I didn’t know until it was too late how much main fabric I needed and how much contrast (for piping and belt) and I bought more than I needed/could afford(!) as a result. Having said that, the pattern is so lovely and simple and I am really enjoying the process.

    • senjiva says:

      Don’t be afraid of your overlocker! You will soon be fast friends. Just keep your finger away from the cutter blade. 😉

  10. senjiva says:

    In avoidance of real work, I made three pair of PJ shorties last week. I’m wearing them now! I’ll not be logging in for the virtual party, but I will definitely be sitting around the house in my PJs on Sunday! Thanks for the inspiring ideas, Karen! I’ll try to blog about it too. I think they’re awfully cute.

  11. Shar says:

    I just registered. See you on Friday!

  12. Lindsay says:

    I shall be on a Narrowboat on Friday, so shall have the very opposite of a good internet connection! I shall mots likely be wearing my PJs though, as I finished them on Saturday!

  13. Heather says:

    Questions from a sewing newbie
    Do you trim the 5/8″ seam allowance before finishing it? Why don’t sewing patterns list tools like some recipes, so we could gather up the sewing feet/loop turners and other items needed before we start? This is a comment more than a ?. Tasia pattern is one of the clearest graphics I have ever seen!! – maybe she could add the pattern key to the instruction side and also show the notches. The sew along has been VERY VERY helpful to illustrate steps and answer my questions. I keep an i-pad next to the sewing machine! Thank you both.

  14. sarah says:

    Yes I agree it has been very helpful so far and I especially love all the photos. This is my first sewalong but won’t be my last

  15. Ilona says:

    Hi Karen, I’m very excited for the video chat – I finished my pants today – but no blog – so I need to find a way to share my pics. Great and easy pattern – lots of long seams. I have loads of questions for Tasia – what’s next? I’d really like another jacket pattern as I’m a big fan of the Minoru. Also – does she welcome comments on her patterns? I would have some thoughts on her instructions for the welt pockets on the Thurlow trousers! See you at (9h30 Brussels time) on Friday!

  16. Heather says:

    Another question from the sewing newbie…
    I followed yesterdays directions for the False Fly but I used the thread I am using for the primary material and you can not see the topstitching/false fly at all! Would it be too garish to use the contrast thread from the piping/ribbon? I am afraid this will call too much attention to the fly. Maybe this is a good question for when you can SEE what I mean.
    Thank you! So excited for Friday.

  17. Seattlerain says:

    Tasia addressed how much fabric is needed, plus what is used for contrast. . .or you can go without contrast, like her chocolate brown with polka dot sample.

    Or buy piping instead of buying contrast fabric to self-pipe.

  18. Kim says:

    Can’t wait till sunday! My first pj pair is almost finishes but I had some fabric trouble, so hopefully I’ll be able to make another pair before sunday!

  19. Sarah says:

    oo looking forward to SUnday 🙂 My Tofino pattern arrived just in time so I can sew them up tomorrow …its perfect tofino weather here too.

  20. Question for Tasia: tell us a bit about your patternmaking background. How did you learn? And Where do you get your inspiration for a new garment design?

  21. Ilona says:

    Is the EDT and UK time switched over?

  22. Gjeometry says:

    Hi again! I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to post here, as well, in order to enter the giveaway. So, I am following above instructions and posting here. Having a great time at Pyjama Party!! 🙂 And, here is a link to my pyjamas:

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  24. Patricia says:

    Hi! Is there a video recording of the chat/ interview that we can access somewhere? Thanks.

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