Pyjamas

More than one reader noticed that poor Rose was wearing a rather small pair of pyjamas in recent posts. I feel a little sheepish. I’ve been proudly holding on to two pairs of handmade pyjamas for a very long time now. I made them from my first purchase of vintage patterns, from two old flannelette sheets given to me by the lovely Pauline Vidler. These pyjamas were the beginning of more adventurous sewing for me; my first experiments with set-in sleeves, bias-bound edges and french seams. As months have passed and arms have grown longer, more than one worried onlooker has offered to replace them. I stubbornly refused, knowing all I needed was time to make her a new pair. Only the time seemed never to arrive.

Not one but two individuals decided to finally take action. During Grandma’s recent visit she grew determined to see her granddaughter put to bed in more comfortable nightware. Obligingly, she made a pair herself, from the same pattern with the sizing carefully adjusted. The fabric was another old flannelette sheet, from a pile found at my beloved flea market in Germany.

That same week a parcel arrived for Rose. Our lovely friend Anne had noticed Rose’s plight from the other side of the world and ordered her a new pair. For my sake, she chose a handmade pair by a local Brisbane crafter. For Rose’s, she chose pink and purple. I don’t know which of us was more pleased.

And the old pairs? Well, they’ve been enthusiastically received by a little friend of ours, ready for a new life of snuggling and sleep.

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5 Responses to “Pyjamas”


  1. 1 Arthur June 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Hey Rose. Do you think grandma could make me a pair of pyjamas like yours? They look really good. I don’t want pink ones though – maybe purple instead!!
    Love Grandad

  2. 2 margareteaudrey June 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Rose, WHEN did you grow SO much! You surely don’t look three!
    I am glad you like your new pajamas and when your grandma is making one for you grandad she should make some for me as well 😀

  3. 3 Kim June 24, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Those pyjamas Grandma made are absolutely beautiful!! I am going to start keeping an eye out for lovely old flannelette sheets from now on …

  4. 4 Sam June 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Rose pyjamas for Rose – love it! Merren did a fine job on those pyjamas! If I happen to come across a flannelette sheet in an op shop here, I will know what to do with it now 🙂 Sam xox

  5. 5 Jill June 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Sharing the cuddly warmth of creating Rose’s PJs reminded me, with a new fondness, of past PJ creations out of pieced snippets of material….for the sheer fun of creating. So much is the thrill of defeating the system of expectations and dollars. Congratulations…and enjoy.


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