Sunday, August 4, 2019

Linen Carolyn Pajamas for Summer

I made a pair of linen pajamas for summer. The pattern is the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Patterns. I made View C, which has shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. 

I love these! I usually sleep in oversized t-shirts that my husband gets free from work and comfy shorts that I also use for working out. It's nice to have real pajamas! I would love to make a few more sets and wear them every night. But there are so many other things to sew, I doubt I will make a full pj wardrobe this summer. 

I especially love the shorts. Every time I wake up wearing them, I want to keep them on all day. I've started sewing a knee-length pair in a different linen fabric. I also want to make some daytime shorts using this pattern, lengthening it by an inch or two.

I decided to use snaps instead of putting on buttons, and I love the little pop of red. I don't use snaps very often, and it was pretty cool how fast they install. I don't mind sewing buttonholes and buttons, but it does take a lot longer than attaching snaps. Plus it's fun to hammer the snaps. I used this snap setter and it worked perfectly. 

This is the linen I used: Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Classic Wovens Linen Stripes Black Fabric from It's great for keeping cool and comfortable to sleep in.

 Do you like making pajamas? Have any favorite patterns I should try?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Oberlin Tote Bag from Klum House

I made my first tote bag: the Oberlin from Klum House. I love it, and would probably make a ton of them if I had uses for a bunch of nice totes. I'd probably make a ton anyway, but luckily I'm easily distracted by the next project. 

I used this waxed canvas from For my bag, I used the charcoal and moss colors. The fabric should crinkle and age really nicely, and the leather straps will darken after I've carried it for a while. 

If I were going to make another version, I think it would be really luxurious to make the whole bag out of leather or faux leather.

I bought a finishing kit from Klum House, too. They are great kits, including the leather straps and all the hardware so you don't have to track down individual pieces. You can choose the color of the leather (mine is tan) and the rivets (brass). 

If you don't want to buy a kit, you could make fabric straps and sew them on instead of using hardware. There is a zipper pocket inside, but you could easily find your own zipper or even add velcro instead. The Oberlin also has a magnetic closure at the top of the bag, but you could just omit it if you don't want to track one down. 

There's also a D-ring that I can clip my keys onto. Cute!

I love using this bag to carry our water bottles and snacks when we go to basketball practices or wherever we're going. It looks nice, sophisticated, and like I chose it on purpose. I have some very inexpensive, neon tote bags that I use for groceries, and I used to grab one of those to haul snacks as we were hurrying to leave the house. They looked cheap, like an afterthought, and not look at all stylish. This Oberlin is a nice upgrade to our basketball look.