Monday, 3 October 2016

Pattern Review: Margot Pyjamas from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes

Hello lovelies! Today I'm sharing with you my experience with making the Margot pyjamas from the book Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes. If you haven't already got your hands on this book then I seriously suggest you get yourself a copy. It's beautifully designed, has some great sewing tips for beginners and the patterns are adorable. There is something in there for everyone, especially this pattern - who doesn't love pyjamas!


As a first sewing project this couldn't be more perfect. You get to understand seam allowances, seam finishing and garment construction, as well as hemming and creating a drawstring. There's enough to challenge the complete beginner without being intimidating, and the simplicity of the pattern allows you to be very creative with your construction.

The fabric I chose was a cute floral print flannelette, with pink and burgundy roses on a soft white background. I was worried that choosing a floral flannelette would make these pyjamas more suited for a little girl than a grown woman, but I think I've gotten away with it with this print.

My first pair of pyjamas I followed the instructions to a tee, although they didn't quite turn out right! It wasn't until I cut out the fabric for my second pair that I realised I had cut the top of the back piece on the fold line for the drawstring casing, making the back piece a good two inches shorter than the front. This made it difficult to match the outer leg seams and consequently resulted in a bumpy, uneven waistband. Boo!

Determined to create a perfect garment (I'm a perfectionist...) I set out on the second pair and it was a major success. I decided to make a pair of shorts instead, so I got experience with altering the pattern length. I also opted for a sewn-in elasticated waistband because I'm lazy and hate fiddling around with tying drawstrings every time I go to the toilet!

With my new found knowledge of creating an elasticated waistband I will likely alter my first pair of pyjamas to include elastic, as well as insert some pockets into the side-seams for a new skill. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results - even my first pair! Luckily with this kind of garment if it does go a bit wrong you still end up with a comfortable garment which you'll only be wearing around the house, so they really are perfect for absolute beginners.

What was the first garment you ever made and how did it turn out? If you want to get into sewing, have you got any idea what you'd like to make? Let me know in the comments below!

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