Mini Stanley Pyjamas

Mini stanley pyjamas

Little Miss Ooobop has been hassling me for a pair of PJs for so long, bless her. So yesterday, we set off for the Goldhawk Road to track down the very specific ‘cats and dogs’ fabric that she wanted. But of course, the shops were shut. It was New Years Day, after all! In order to relieve the disappointment (me more than her), we drove off, instead, to get a burger and watch a movie!

Now as luck would have it, for all that was closed in Chiswick High Road, Cath Kidston was open! Like some shining apparition amidst the rainy gloom! And there was a sale on. So we duly picked out some Mini Stanley fabric. No cats but very cute dogs!

Cath Kidston mini stanley pjs by the window

I used this vintage Maudella pattern. It’s not dated but could be 1950s if not 1960s. What would you say?


I’m still working on convincing LMO to have the matching top to the bottoms but I don’t think a 9 year old can see past the ‘fogey’ images on the pattern sleeve!

I dutifully traced the one pattern piece. This is something I make a habit of nowadays. Just purely out of the respect for a tissue pattern piece that has happily existed for between 50-70 years. I don’t want to be the one who destroys that amount of history!

So including the careful ironing of the pieces, the tracing, the cutting, the making and the finishing touches, it took all of 2 hours. This is largely down to the magic of my new, though very old, overlocker, which was so generously bestowed upon me just before Christmas. I didn’t realise what the implications of having one were, until all the seams were serged and the hem edges neatly finished in a jiffy!

detail of overlocked seams

I am still going to have to work on the fine tunings of the tensions but it will so totally do me for now!

reading a book in mini stanley pjs

LMO has spent the rest of the afternoon in her new PJs and I’m delighted to have completed my first project on just day 2 of the New Year. Here’s hoping its the first of many more projects to come.

jumping in mini stanley pjs

Happy New Year lovely people x

Photography by DJ Photographic

15 Comments on Mini Stanley Pyjamas

  1. seameoddlouise
    January 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (10 months ago)

    Fabulous PJs she must be really pleased. I love vintage patterns I just love looking and holding them. I’d be tempted by the matching top. Great for lazy days.

    • ooobop!
      January 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm (10 months ago)

      Thank you! She’s delighted. I must admit, I get to hold and stroke vintage patterns more than I get time to make them. But they bring me joy either way!

  2. Jayne
    January 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm (10 months ago)

    So cute! I love the top also, very sweet. I am dreaming of owning a serger one day, your work looks so professional :)

    • ooobop!
      January 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm (10 months ago)

      Thank you Jayne. I am indeed very lucky to have inherited the overlocker. Must have been good in a previous life!

  3. Chris
    January 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm (10 months ago)

    How lucky is that to come across Kat Kidston fabrics on New Years day??!! Your daughter can be well pleased with her mum!

  4. Fiona M
    January 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm (10 months ago)

    Overlockers are just the business, aren’t they? Lovely PJ’s, lucky Miss O.

  5. grtescp
    January 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm (10 months ago)

    nothing better than a comfy pair of (cute) pjs!
    I am thinking of finally cracking and going to buy an overlocker tomorrow, and I am already looking forward to putting it to the test!

  6. CurlsnSkirls
    January 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm (10 months ago)

    I love my old overlocker, too. Congrats on a great first project for 2014 & Happy New Year!

  7. busylizzieinbrizzy
    January 3, 2014 at 1:48 am (10 months ago)

    I love a good pair of PJs and that fabric makes them even more special :)
    I love the artwork on vintage patterns – it just feels gorgeous, even if it isn’t that realistic!

  8. Nadia Lewis
    January 3, 2014 at 7:00 am (10 months ago)

    Judging from the hair styles, I’d say the pattern is late fifties. Just a guess, though!

  9. tialys
    January 3, 2014 at 9:14 am (10 months ago)

    It looks like 1950s to me but the early 60s did sort of merge ‘style-wise’ with the late 50s so could be either.
    I love that fabric, not least because one of my dogs is a ‘Stanley’ although he is black, not white, which is a good job otherwise I might be tempted to make myself some pull-ons.
    I now have an overlocker which is brilliant until it becomes unthreaded (think sewing over pins! Eeek!) but I am learning. I can never get over looking at the overlocked seams on something I have made and seeing them look so professional – in my case, much more so than the exterior :)

  10. Miss Demeanour
    January 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm (10 months ago)

    ah she’s such a cutie patootie! I love those jim jams. Nice work lady :)

  11. Nikki Gillette
    January 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm (10 months ago)

    Sweet PJ’s! I just had my daughter and niece here sewing pajamas. They both love learning to sew. And congratulations on the serger! I got one several years ago that I LOVE. If only I had held out for one that did a cover stitch….. Oh well, it still is a fabulous tool.

  12. Ami
    January 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm (9 months ago)

    Aw these are lovely- perfect fabric choice! She looks so cute in them and I agree the top would be lovely on her :)


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