September 19, 2014

Cloud9 Wildwood Pajamas

I'm very excited to be part of Sew Mama Sew's Cloud9 Wildwood Challenge this month. I was so happy when this gorgeous organic cotton fabric, designed by Elizabeth Olwen, arrived on my doorstep. The prints have an art-deco feel to them, and the delicate scale made them perfect for a new pair of PJs.

Showcasing the Cloud9 Wildwood Fabric Collection by Elizabeth Olwen, perfect for sewing a set of children's pajamas. | The Inspired Wren


The Peanut has grown like a weed and our favorite PJ pants are now high-waters on her. Pajamas are still my favorite way to use all the gorgeous and fun quilting cottons out there that you might overlook on your way to the fashion fabrics, so a new set was born.

Showcasing the Cloud9 Wildwood Fabric Collection by Elizabeth Olwen, perfect for sewing a set of children's pajamas. | The Inspired Wren


The Peanut prefers it when the temperature is on the chilly side. Seriously. When most kids are cranky you need to check food or sleep. When this child is cranky first check the temperature in the room, if it's above 71 that's probably the problem. And she'll keep waking up all night if she's too warm. So even though we're headed into Fall, I sewed up a sleeveless top (because when she's awake, we're all awake, and no one wants that). It's still a little loose in the neck, but that's because I'm finally sewing things on the large side to leave room for growth.

I love the delicate pattern of the Pretty Posies, however long time readers also know I'm a sucker for a pop of color or contrast. To get that punch I bound the armholes, neckline, and hem in navy, but used a narrow bias tape to mirror the delicacy of the print. To pull the top and bottom together I used the same print from the pants on the back yoke; it's my favorite detail.

Showcasing the Cloud9 Wildwood Fabric Collection by Elizabeth Olwen, perfect for sewing a set of children's pajamas. | The Inspired Wren


Gathered-ankle pants seem to be everywhere all of a sudden and that's convenient, because I was looking for a way to keep the PJ bottoms from riding up above The Peanut's knees as she sleeps. I used fold-over elastic to bind the hem on the pants and I like resulting look. Plus I love the silhouette created by the bell top over the gathered pants. [I swear I tried to make these extra-long so that we'd have more growing room; instead they're a perfect fit right now. Is it possible The Peanut grew a few inches between measuring and sewing? She must have.] 

Showcasing the Cloud9 Wildwood Fabric Collection by Elizabeth Olwen, perfect for sewing a set of children's pajamas. | The Inspired Wren


Mr. Wren is always trying to put a sweater on her as soon as she wakes up (he feels the house is chilly -- he's right, that's how The Peanut and I like it). With a sleeveless top going into Fall I may actually agree with him, so I made a short, kimono-sleeved jacket/robe/cover-thing. In order to pair one delicate, busy print over another, I gave the robe-ette a bottom border and a lining in solid navy, creating another punch of contrast, this time between the prints. I deliberately made the sleeves three-quarter length and not overly wide so that they wouldn't overheat The Peanut or drag through her Mini-Wheats at breakfast. But the bottom still has swing and doesn't crowd the bell-shaped top. I especially like how the robe-ette relates to the PJs without being overly matchy-matchy, and how the length doesn't change the silhouette of the set.

Showcasing the Cloud9 Wildwood Fabric Collection by Elizabeth Olwen, perfect for sewing a set of children's pajamas. | The Inspired Wren

Pattern

Top & Pants: Modified patterns from Happy Homemade, Volume 2: Sew Chic Kids [Amazon affiliate link]
Robe-ette: self-drafted

Fabric

Cloud9 Fabrics, Wildwood by Elizabeth Owen  
Top: Pretty Posies, Turquoise  
Pants: Deco Petal, Turquoise
Robe-ette: Forest Floor, Ivory (love that name!)

Love

The art deco feel of these prints and the silhouette of the bell volume on top with a gathered ankle for balance. Also this is my first time working with Cloud9 Organic Cottons -- they are perfect: lovely hand, easy to sew, perfect.

Notes

Though I prefer the way it hangs when left open, I foresee adding a closure of some sort so that it does not annoy The Peanut by falling off her shoulders each morning. What do you think: a frog? a button and loop? a snap? 


I wasn't the only blogger privileged to work with this fabric in advance of its release. Be sure to visit the other Wildwood Challenge participants check out their projects,too. Fabulous, all!


Kirsty Cleverly from Bonjour Quilts
Carolina Carero from Love, Lola
Elizabeth Singler from Mamma Can Do It
Jennifer Waaraniemi from lea & lars
Heidi Staples from fabric mutt

Thank you so much, Cloud9 Fabrics and Sew Mama Sew for this wonderful experience. I'm honored to be part of such a fabulous group.




Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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72 comments:

  1. Great job with the design and fabric choices! I think a frog closure would complement the style.

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    1. I think a frog is the way to go...which means I will not find one in blue or the correct size.

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  2. I simply adore these fabrics. You made a perfect selection for the kimono!

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    1. Thanks so much. The fabrics really are gorgeous.

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  3. Adorable and it's almost time to start wearing long pajamas, thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty!

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    1. Thanks, and as always thanks for hosting.

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  4. Love that pants style, I want a pair for me!

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    1. I really like the way they look -- I simply took the usual wide-leg pants I would use for PJ bottoms and added the fold over elastic to the hem. I debated a wide cuff, but I like this look.

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  5. Love the jacket for chilly mornings and the fabrics have really come together perfectly. If you're looking for another place to share your projects, stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party.

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    1. Thanks so much. I'll check it out.

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  6. What an ensemble! I wish I could say I look this good when I'm in my jammies. I really love that back yoke detail and the contrasting binding, it's so lovely. I'd love to use that combo as the front of a (for instance) Made by Rae Ruby top, or something similar.
    You comments on keeping your daughter cool reminded me of our eldest when he was about the same age. He began having what were called 'night terrors' (basically going bonkers in his sleep, unable to be roused from it, and he'd remember none of it in the morning) and we eventually figured out it was because he was too warm at night. Once we got him out of his winter onsie and into lighter PJs (sadly, not made by me) he did much better.

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    1. This one took FOREVER to sleep through the night. She would just be awake and unable to sleep. Figuring out that she prefers things cool was just one key to the puzzle, but it was a big one.

      I think these fabrics would look amazing on a Ruby top! Great idea.

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    1. Right?! Mr. Wren and I come to breakfast in our old sweats and yoga pants and now she's sitting there all adorable and looking like she belongs in a fancy hotel with a waitstaff.

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  8. Those are fancy PJs!!! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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    1. Right, Sherry? I love that I get to see them every morning now.

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  9. Love the hand on Cloud 9 fabrics. I never thought about making PJs out of them. I bet they're super soft.

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    1. They are super soft making The Peanut extra cuddly these days.

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  10. Those are some pretty cool pajamas!

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  11. I love the pattern you chose. It could almost be street wear. Thanks for sharing! Notwendy gmail

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. The blouse definitely borders on street wear.

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  12. Love this little set of pjs - that jacket is stylin'!

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    1. Right?! I said it above, but Mr. Wren and I come to breakfast in our old sweats and yoga pants and now she's sitting there all adorable and looking like she belongs in a fancy hotel with a waitstaff.

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  13. Love these fabrics and love these pajamas! Thanks for sharing- looks like I'll be needing to make some for my little girl too!

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    1. I love making PJs for her. I didn't used to, but we hang out in our PJs (probably more than we should) and it's nice to look over and see something I've made.

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  14. The pyjamas are too cute! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  15. I love the pj's. Lovely model too.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! She can be a demanding model though -- these days her contract stipulates chocolate AND playground trips.

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  16. So fun. I love to make pjs for my grandkids, they really live in them. Darling.

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    1. PJs are so fun to make because that's when I pull out the darling quilting cottons.

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  17. She will always remember you sewing her pjs for her. They look adorable!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm hopeful that even after she long outgrows my sewing her everyday clothes I'll still be able to sneak some PJ sewing in.

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  18. Great way to use this beautiful fabric!

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  19. very impressed with your pajamas! this fabric collection is beautiful, love the colors and prints

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon. The collection is gorgeous! I want the dark blue colorway for a set of PJs for ME!

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  20. This pajama set is so cute! Too bad she doesn't get to show it off to her friends, or does she already do sleepovers? CDahlgren at live dot com

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    1. She doesn't do sleep overs yet, BUT! yesterday was PJ day at school, so she got to wear them all day.

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  21. I think that is the cutest pair of pyjamas I have ever seen! I like gathered pyjama leg bottoms - it means a larger size can be worn without tripping over!

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    1. Exactly, Jeneta! And I meant for them to be even larger than they came out, but she's growing faster than I can measure apparently.

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  22. I used to sew p.j.s for my two peanuts, too. Still using some of the scraps in my quilts today. Lovely fabric prints & pattern. Mad sewing skills!

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    1. I have grand plans to start quilting when my little model is no longer around to sew for -- I will set these scraps aside now that you've mentioned it. Thanks!

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  23. I want to make this set for myself!! Super super cute n comfy!! I'm really loving this fabric line!

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    1. Right?! More and more I find myself making clothes for her that I would wear myself. And yes, the fabric is gorgeous -- I was so lucky to work with it.

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  24. Both the fabric and the Jammie's are beautiful! Looks so comfy and a little bit luxurious :)

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    1. Completely luxurious. Mr. Wren and I come to breakfast in old sweats and yoga pants and she's sitting there looking like she should have servants (other than us) waiting on her every need.

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  25. Those pajamas are adorable. Perfect use of those fabrics. I haven't tried sewing pj's yet since I'm a beginner but this outfit really tempts me to try!

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea. PJ pants are the best beginner project out there! You really need to give them a go.

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  26. Cute pajamas! I like sewing nightgowns and pajamas!

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    1. Me too, Renae -- PJs are so much fun to sew.

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  27. Love your pajama,gorgeous and the model is adorable!

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    1. Aw, thank you Rosa -- I'll take the compliment for the PJs, but I only had a partial hand in creating the model.

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  28. Beautiful, and I love the stories about your daughter. I am like that too, preferring things on the cool side, and usually in short sleeves year round. sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! In so many ways she is more like her dad, but when it comes to temperature she and I are the same.

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  29. The pajamas you made are beautiful. Every little girl should have pajamas like that and the little jacket is just so cute.

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  30. The pajamas are lovely. Makes me wish I had little ones still to sew for. The robe is a great addition to the set and I suspect your little one might want to have her input considered as to how to close it.

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    1. Thanks, Heather (sew some for yourself instead!). We've been using them for a while now and it turns out we don't need a closure after all -- it stays on her shoulders fine through breakfast without any help.

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  31. Wildwood is cute, but it was totally upstaged this time. Your Peanut is the cutest! I love the piping on the top and your reasons for doing everything you did. A great job. It totally makes me want to sew some cotton pajamas and makes me love the fabric that much more. Thank you!

    Beth. Magistra13@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Magistra! Cotton PJs are one of my favorite things to sew. I need to make some for Mr. Wren and myself now.

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