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Pyjama Party! Kisses for me, save all your kisses for me!

So last night at about 10:00 I got down on the living room floor with this fabric:

and started pinning my pattern pieces.  “Surely you’re not going to start sewing NOW are you?” asked my lovely husband.  I explained that I simply had to join the Pyjama Party, and after all it wasn’t the first time I’d started a party outfit the night before and I dare say it won’t be the last!  He rolled his eyes and left me to it.  As I cut and sewed last night it really warmed the cockles of my heart thinking of all of us all round the globe working on our jammies – I’m so happy to be back in our wonderful sewing community!

So hello Karen and fellow partygoers, I’m fashionably late, but I’m here in party regalia.  Yay!  I got this jolly cotton flannel when I was in California last summer, planning to make PJs.  Life intervened, but when Karen sent out her invitation I just knew I had to get these sewn up.

I almost wish I had a dog...

I really needed new PJs – I have used this pattern twice before (McCalls 5992), but both times in Christmas print – this hasn’t stopped me wearing them constantly for the past 18 months, bringing a little Christmas spirit to our home every day.  No, I am not one for chic nightwear!  One day maybe.

Not much to say about the pattern other than that I lengthened it by a couple of inches in the leg and took off 2 inches from the top.  It’s a straightforward simple PJ pattern but I like the fact it has waist ties (attached to elastic inside the waistband).  I’m accessorising with pink Waving Lace socks (link to my Ravelry project page) which I knitted a few years ago.

Working with this print has made this song go through my head non-stop while I sewed – fellow children of the (UK) 70s will probably recognise it as the UK’s victorious entry in the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest (love the dancing!).  I will nail my colours to the mast and declare my love of this annual kitschfest – although it was of course much better in the olden days.  By happy coincidence, today I heard this year’s UK entry sung by Engelbert Humperdinck on the radio, and I must say I am rather excited!  Here it is for your enjoyment – I must admit I’ve listened to it a few times while I’ve been writing this.  Royaume Uni Douze Points thank you very much!  Let’s hope it’s another rerun of ’76 – UK triumphant in the Eurovision and a lovely sweltering summer.  I don’t know about you but I’ll be wearing my new (lucky charm?) PJs when I cheer on Engelbert in a few weeks – what a perfect PJ party occasion!

But I digress.  Here we are reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which tells the story of Kingsolver and her family trying to reduce their food miles by eating seasonally and growing their own.  I’ve only recently started this, but have wanted to read it for ages and so far can recommend it.

I’m so happy to party with you all!

P.S. My little guy was so excited to take part in this photo shoot that he has already christened my brand new pjs with vomit.  Nice.