Of course I used the new Sewaholic Tofino pattern. Toino is a great pattern this is; straight forward and pretty. My new jim-jams came together really quickly, despite my best efforts to screw them up. The phrase more haste less speed comes to mind.
I realised I would be away at the in-laws and a friend's wedding from 19-23 June. So I'd have to get ahead and have a blog post all sorted before we left. But it really is a good idea to buy the correct supplies. I couldn't find any piping cord in my local Hobby Craft so I left with some chunky braid thinking it would be fine.... guess what? not fine. My piping was a big fat mess, wonky and twisted. I only then realised it would probably be uncomfortable too. After a touch of internet shopping and a short wait I had some nice skinny piping cord and a brand new piping foot for my machine. Postage and unpicking time slowing me up a bit.
A piping foot has a two channels in the base to guide it over the piping cord, keeping your stitches even and close to the cord. In the end, I found my concealed zip foot worked even better as my piping was so skinny.
Based on my measurements, the finished garment measurements (so useful) and some existing pyjama pants, I cut a size 6. Existing pink panda print pyjamas no less! The only change I made to the pattern was to remove 4 inches of length from the legs, which at 5'1 is fairly standard for me. When I was finished I added contrast cuffs to the legs, just cutting a strip of fabric to to correct width. I really like how the cuff pulls it all together.
I'm very pleased with how they have worked out. I think I'll be needing another pair for the winter. Now, where can I get my hands on some panda print brushed cotton?!