Hello there everyone!
How are you doing? Here in the SF Bay area this time of year is always a little confusing to me—kids have gone back to school and the pumpkin spice everything is on people’s minds, but it’s also when we have our real summer weather. Where I live, thankfully, it’s not too cold/foggy all summer, but I commute every day into San Francisco and usually bring a sweater to don once I get off the train there. This past week it’s been downright HOT in the city, as is pretty typical of September/October ‘round here.
Despite the heat, however, the light is definitely changing and I am thinking about Fall. Soon I’ll sew by lamplight in the evenings and I’ll swap my Birkenstock house shoes for wool slippers. And when the temperatures start to dip, it will be time for cozy lounge wear at home.
Is anyone else out there like me, dressed in me-made splendor all day long, only to don ratty yoga pants and pajamas from Target when it’s time to curl up with knitting or a book? Or maybe you already have a set or two of Closet Case Files Carolyn Pyjamas and you know how great it is to cuddle up in your handmades? Either way, doesn’t a little cozy luxury sound good for this Fall?
Here’s an example: I’ve made up these lounging pants for my husband, which he’s wearing whenever it’s cool enough. He chose the print and I adapted the pattern to suit how he likes to wear them, and he couldn’t be happier to come home and don his fancy jammies at the end of the day. Don’t you want some too?
Well, Sew Tiger Sew and Lillestoff have your back!
I LOVE Lillestoff fabric. First introduced to them by Handmade by HeatherB and and Kadiddlehopper, I made my first Lillestoff garment last year. I started corresponding with the wonderful folks in Langenhagen, Germany, this Spring when I noticed that they had put up an e-commerce site. At the time, shipping costs to the US were very high, but they have since created an English version of the site and they themselves cover much of the shipping cost. They are delightful people and have set up a WONDERFUL looking showroom and sewing cafe at their manufacturing site, which I would dearly love to visit some day.
Over these months Daniele and Nele and I have been plotting how best to help more of our wonderful sewing blogosphere here in the US get to know their wonderful fabrics. For Lillestoff not only offer the most amazing prints on jersey and woven fabrics, their fabric is organic and is a dream to sew. Stable and a little beefy, but with Lycra content and great recovery, their jerseys are also printed with a process that makes the prints resilient to stretching and not at all stiff or scratchy. I am in LOVE with Lillestoff fabric, and I want everyone to be able to try it!
I’m pleased to announce that we’ve come up with a great way to help a whole bunch of you try Lillestoff fabrics: a pyjama party of sorts!
Fancy Jammies is a giveaway and sewalong all rolled into one.
First, we’ll give away 10 lengths of luscious Lillestoff fabric, and then we can all sew up our fancy jammies together, and spend the Fall cozy and and fashionable in our whimsical or more elegant Lillestoff lounge-pants.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to the US e-commerce site for Lillestoff
- Find your very favorite jersey or woven fabric
- Find a fancy jammy pants pattern you want to sew (stash or new!)
- Comment below and let us know which pattern you’d use and which fabric you’d like to sew it up. Don’t forget to tell us how many meters you’d need for your size!
- On October 11th I’ll choose 10 lucky winners at random.
- When I get the package from Lillestoff I’ll repackage and send your fabric on to you.
And then we can sew up our jammies together, whether you’ve won fabric in the giveaway or not. I’ll be sewing up this yardage in this BurdaStyle pattern for myself, and sharing all my jersey-sewing tips and tricks along the way.
Don’t you want to get your cozy luxury on? Join in! We’d love to shower you with comfy beauty. Remember, there will be TEN lucky winners!