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PAJAMA PARTY WINNERS

Thank you kindly to everyone who voted in the Carolyn Pajama Party contest! After looking at the poll results we have four clear winners.

In first place, we have the exquisitely luxurious monogrammed pj set from Fifty Two Fancies. These took my breath away (kitty on the breast pocket!) so I’m very pleased Kirsten got some props for her creativity.

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Kirsten will be taking home:

In second place we have the truly adorable dog-lady pajamas from Two Random Words. Another favourite of mine!

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Sophie Lee will be enjoying:

Finally, our runners-up will be receiving 5 yards each of some lovely printed flannels that I fell in love with this winter, along with enough piping to make a cozy, comfy pair. Congrats to Helene from Seamsters Union and Erika Made It!

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Thank you to everyone who entered – I wish I could send you all goodies for your hard work and creativity! If all my winners could email me with their mailing address I’ll get everything sent along to you. Have a great weekend everyone!

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COZY COCO SWEATSHIRT

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I‘m in serious love with my apartment; it was the luckiest of Craigslist scores. On the top floor of a beautiful old Montreal triplex it has all the classic architectural details of my Villeray neighborhood: stained glass windows, hardwood floors, a textured plaster relief finish in the living room, and blessedly, rent control. Oh and one other thing: uninsulated floors. It’s drafty and cold as hell in here. That is, if hell was cold and made you want to wear slippers and swaddle yourself in Hudson’s Bay blankets and have a cat on your lap at all times for use as a living hot water bottle. My home-alone attire mostly consists of weird shawls and old pilly cashmere sweaters and Hudson pants. It was time to up my sweater game, stat, if only to avoid the raised eyebrow of monsieur for the de-rigeur giant pilly-sweatered marshmallow look I’d otherwise be rocking (the blessing and curse of French men is that they always notice what you’re wearing, and are not shy about saying “uh, non“).

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So, when I saw Tilly’s squishy Coco sweatshirt a few months ago I went “mais oui mais oui mais oui“. This is one of my TNT patterns (see here and here) and I was really jazzed to give it a winter vibe. I had 5 yards of this fleecy grey marle in my stash waiting for a new project (yes, grey marle is my new favourite colour – it goes with everything, even pink velvet leggings) and one night in February when I was feeling too antsy to just relax at the end of the day with Broad City, I whipped this little number up. 3 hours, tops.

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As per Tilly’s suggestion I lengthened the cowl piece by about 3″. I serged everything except for the side seams. Since I wanted to do a split hem at the hip, I just pressed the seam allowances flat. Fleece doesn’t unravel and the fabric is thick so it helped to reduce bulk. The funnel and hem were secured with a simple double needle stitch. Easy peasy.

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Needless to say, I’ve been wearing this A LOT. I love how the classic, gamine vibe of the Coco pattern elevates the fabric into something a little more chic. I feel much less bummy wearing this than my Shack Up Inn sweatshirt. The beauty of sewing? It can make even your laziest clothes look elegant.

Details: Coco sweater in grey marle fleece (similar here), Ginger Jeans with an ankle zip, black pumps (similar here), Mac Lady Danger lipstick

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WHAT’S DOING VOL. 37

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It’s outerwear week in the sewing blogopshere! Check out all this jackety goodness.

ADMIRE

Cascade coats galore! Loved Suzy Bee’s graphic version and By Gum By Golly’s tweed number.

A very cool cocoon coat over on Made by Meg.

A riot of colour in this Bimble & Pimble kimono jacket.

Sallie’s tricked out and nautical Minoru is calling to me.

These jacket progress posts from The Japanese Pattern Challenge aka Mainely Dad are like little eyeball presents.

DIY

I find this “exploding zero” tshirt on the Alabama Chanin blog incredibly appealing.

WATCH

If you don’t love Tim Gunn even more after reading this interview on Cassie Stephens’ blog I really don’t know what to tell you.

While She Naps posted a link to this animation that explains how a sewing machine actually sews a stitch and I finally wrapped my brain around it. Only took 5 years.

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CAROLYN PAJAMA PARTY – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE!

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Iam so totally thrilled to share the entries for the Carolyn Pajama party. You guys rule. So much creativity and personal expression. I love that you can give the same pattern to a hundred people and get a hundred totally different results – it feels like magic.

Voting will be live until midnight EST on Tuesday, March 24th. I’ll announce the winners later that week. What’s up for grabs:

First Prize: $100 gift certificate to Mood Fabrics, $50 Gift certificate to Miss Matatabi, $100 AUD certificate to Tessuti Fabrics, two yards of fabric from By Hand London

Second Prize: $50 gift certificate to Blackbird Fabrics, $60 gift certificate to A Fashionable Stitch, print of your choosing from the Madalynne shop

Runners-up: Two Carolyn pajama kits including 5 yards of flannel and coordinating piping from yours truly

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Please scroll though these beauties and go to the survey to choose your favourite!

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Whew! So many jam jams. Vote here for your favourite. Thank you to everyone for participating – you inspire me more than you could ever know. xoxo

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