The Terrifying Yet Chic Clown Suit

I sewed myself a clown suit — and I liked it!

B6312 Jumpsuit

This cute thing is B6312, a ‘very easy See & sew’ pattern from Butterick. I modified the pattern by flaring out the legs, because I was going for the culotte-look rather than what Named Clothing aptly calls “carrot leg”, which tapers in towards the bottom.

B6312 Jumpsuit

The following pic is a bit blurry, but I love the way the background looks, so just squint, k?

B6312 Jumpsuit

B6312 Jumpsuit

Below you can see that it actually is a clown suit, with props to Katie from What Katie Sews for making me almost laugh out loud when she wrote of her own version that “the pattern pieces looked terrifying like a clown suit, but once it’s made up in a soft fabric and belted, it’s secret-pyjama dreams come true.” Clown suit? Secret pyjamas? How could I NOT try this pattern?? Thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

B6312 Jumpsuit

The face on the wall behind me agrees that this is a terrifying clown suit.

B6312 Jumpsuit

Does my ass look fat in this clown suit?

Here’s a better look at the fabric, which is a Japanese cotton print I bought at Designer Fabrics on Queen Street West in Toronto last summer. I was just there yesterday and this still have some for sale. The belt I bought a few years ago from Peeko Apparel on Etsy, who seems to have since closed up shop, unfortunately.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 B6312 Jumpsuit

I still need to do a bit of altering to the top half. I cut the top in the smallest size and graded the pants part out to the next size up. The top is still rather wide and the armholes are very deep so I think it will look better if I resew the side seams to cinch it in a bit more.

B6312 Jumpsuit

I had to use these awesome shoes for this photo shoot, because if I attempt to wear them In Real Life I have to mince around very slowly and carefully or else be carried around on a divan. The latter never happens so basically I just don’t wear them. 😦  I’m sure you have a story about a pair of shoes that function more as a sculpture in your home than as practical tools for locomotion, amirite?

B6312 Jumpsuit

I find I need to fuss a little bit to get the fabric to gather just right under the belt. I wonder if I should’ve just gone for a jumpsuit with an actual waistband instead. What do you think?

B6312 Jumpsuit

It was the most perfect Spring day when #UnsungSewingBlogHero and I shot these pics, with the lilacs and crabapple trees in full bloom. Glorious!

crabapple blossoms

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look!

Pyjamas, and a minor national/personal cultural identity crisis

Hi friends! I have another quickie sewing project to bore you to tears with: pyjie pants!

Pyjama bottoms - B3314

And I’m having an existential crisis here because I thought you spelled pyjamas PYJAMAS! But according to all those red underlines that started showing up as I typed this post, you don’t! Apparently it’s spelled PAJAMAS. Which now makes it hard for me to justify calling them pyjies, and my tiny world is kinda crashing down all around me. Plus, how have I not ever had a reason to type the word pajamas since the advent of word processing and spell check? Weird.

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I wanted a very lightweight pair of full-length pajama pants but had a hard time finding ones that weren’t made of flannel or brushed cotton — too hot for summer sleeping. And I used to think that I would never spend precious sewing time on something I couldn’t wear out in public to receive hard-earned compliments on my sewing skills (lol), but then I realized that it would be pretty easy to sew up what I needed fairly quickly. I used a lightweight cotton woven with 3% elastane that I picked up on the cheap from Fabricland. It’s got great shades of blue with tiny flecks of bright, almost neon, green in there, which you might be able to see better in the last picture below. The bright green clinched the deal for me. 🙂

B3314

Butterick 3314: Ed Grimley Pajama Pants

Anyway, my pyjie pants (dammit!) were made using Butterick 3314, a “Fast & Easy” pattern with 8 versions of sleep shorts/pants plus a spaghetti strap camisole. The pattern’s copyright is 2001, which doesn’t quite explain why the waistline is designed to come up to your armpits; that would suggest at least a decade or so before that. I hacked off at least 3 inches from the top of the waist before folding over the elastic casing…thankfully the crotch was hanging down around my knees before this adjustment so it mostly evened out in the end (wah-wah). I cut a size small but these are so baggy I could’ve cut an extra-extra-extra-small, which wasn’t obviously an option, so I did my usual here-we-go-again, let’s-hack-the-shit-out-of-this-until-it-fits thing. This approach has worked for me on simple dresses and tees in the past but apparently it’s not the best approach for pants — I’m discovering that fitting pants around the crotch is a black art into whose mysteries I have not yet been initiated. Suffice it to say these aren’t the world’s best fitting pants, but they’re comfy for sleeping and making them gave me an opportunity to use loud and colourful fabric.

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The first time I slept in these I woke up in the morning and thought, Hey, they worked! And they weren’t too loud for sleeping!

Alright, now my spell check is telling me that COLOURFUL isn’t a word, so I am beginning to realize that this must be Surreptitious American Cultural Imperialism reaching its long arm into my home via the interwebs. But I am CANADIAN! And we spell things the CANADIAN way! (Er, um, the British way, actually.) So pyjamas pyjamas PYJAMAS PYJAMAS! And therefore PYJIES! Phew. My tiny world remains safely the way I like it, for at least another day.