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Creation of my Liberty PJ lounge wear set

As I'm going to Paris soon, to check out the Exhibition – 'Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve' at Museé Décoratifs, Paris. I thought I'd take some time out to make myself a lounge wear (sleepwear) outfit for the hotel.

So here's the work in progress. I've done this in two days so far. There's a fair bit of handstitching to be done yet, on the facing of the robe, so I better get cracking.

My chiffon crepe kimono style robe – half finished

The top section of the empire line Top

Firstly choosing the Fabrics – it had to be something special. So I chose to use a iconic British fabric – 'Liberty of London' Tana Lawn and a beautiful silky soft Bamboo Jersey for the top. #BambooJersey #LibertyofLondonTanaLawn

I decided I needed to use a signature fabric too, so chose revered Liberty Paisley in Bourton, which is one of their classics.

Bought from

Liberty Tana Lawn is ultra-fine, but not see through. Very smooth, delicate and soft, so perfect for Pyjamas as it's cool and comfortable too. The fabric is finished without the use of crease-resisting chemicals or irritating allergens. It's durable, has a brilliant reproduction of colour and the print. It also has the bonus of being able to sew it like a dream. I chose Bamboo Jersey for the top, as Bamboo fabric has got lots of great qualities about it.

For one, it's super-soft yet strong, with a slight lustre. But there are lots of other amazing qualities it has, making it the perfect choice for sleepwear. It's naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-static, moisture-wicking, breathable and warm thermo-control (as it's fibres are hallow a bit like wood). It's sustainable too (it grows fast, bamboo yields the same volume of cotton but from 10% of land area).

I bought this Bamboo Jersey from Whalleys in Bradford, West Yorkshire and as its not far, I went over and picked the fabric up from the mill myself.

Here's a close up of the initial construction of the front draped neckline with piping made from the Liberty Bourton Tana Lawn.

I had a think about what suited my body shape and how I wanted it to feel, the colours and the styles. This bamboo fabric is dyeable, so could be any colour you want, but I wanted it to pick up the white in the #LibertyBourton print. I rummaged through my patterns and came across this one, a dress pattern, I decided to alter down to a top.

For to top I wanted something a bit more modest than a cami top with shoestring straps. I also wanted something that detracted from my not exactly toned upper arms lol and to just skimmed them. I thought the gathered drape at the front also add a bit more modesty than the fabric skimming over my contours in one flat piece of fabric. I added piping in Liberty #Bourton Tana Lawn down the cross-over front drape. I used a dress pattern that I cut down the length to make it top-length. Here's the pattern McCalls M7116 #McCalls7116

I'm planning on doing the fluted cap sleeves in the apricot chiffon crepe and also putting a empire-line band with perhaps a hand bow or hand-made flower on the front.

I knocked together a little headband in the Tana Lawn lined in the Bamboo Jersey, so when I'm doing my make up or nightly skin care routine, I feel totally co-ordinated.

I Found this short kimono pattern by Simplicity 1318 and decided to add piping and length it by 4 inches. I wanted to colour to be delicate and feminine. I wanted to to just flow and not have a tie belt, have a reminiscence of 1930's fashion Downtown style. So the crepe chiffon was just what I wanted, not too sheer, but just that little bit sheer so as to create a bit of modesty. #Simplicity1318

Here's the pattern Burda 7627 I used for the Pyjama Bottom (Trousers). #Burda7627

Hope you like what I've done so far. I'll put some more pictures up when this has evolved.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact me on and I'll be only too happy to chat.

Thanks, Paula

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