I sewed a cami and shorts sleepset from a sheet. I made the exposed bias binding from cotton fabric. I made both top and bottom in a large size for comfort.
The camisole is the Sew Loft Diana cami pattern, formerly free, and still available from the link on the page. It has a racer style back. I had trouble with the joins of the bias tape, and it’s a little messy. The center vee in the front was made from a continuous piece of bias tape and it doesn’t lay flat when worn. For a sharp vee I think two separate pieces intersecting in the dip are needed. I didn’t follow the pattern instructions for the bias binding.
The shorts are the the women’s pj shorts free pattern from Life Sew Savory. I also applied the bias binding to the leg hems, and I changed the waistband to a simple inserted elastic band. The fit in the backside is not roomy enough on me to be super comfortable like a bed item must be. I didn’t make a sheet mock-up, because Iet’s face it, I was already just using a sheet!
So there are a few things wrong with the cami and shorts, but I learned I don’t need perfection for a garment to be wearable.
I just have to want to wear it!
And in this case, I don’t.
Why does that happen? Sometimes it’s the style, sometimes it’s the fit, sometimes it’s the fabric or a combination of these. Sometimes it’s just a feeling.
There are times that I make a muslin of a pattern, the fit is off, and I decide I don’t want to continue . Other times I stall in the making of a garment; it’s not looking good and I don’t want to even try to fix it. That was the case this summer with a knit dress I was working on, but abandoned. It’s rarer for me to finish sewing an item, and realize it’s not for me. Even though I made it for me – ha!
In this case it’s a combination of the fit and the fabric – it doesn’t feel nice enough to me. In the future, for elastic waist shorts, I will use my basic pants block that I developed through fitting a muslin. I used it for my gingham pants and 2 pairs of shorts that I love to wear.
I moved on to the tank top I’ve been wearing during this very hot October. The tag is so off center it’s almost comical.
Not perfect. But I like it!