My finished garment for the CLSC
Hello hello hello! I know there is a lot going on in this photo print wise, but I wanted to post this because it makes me happy. This is me on my bed, with my cats, wearing my Cat Lady Sewing Challenge completed garments.
First I'd like to introduce you to my cats since this is a sewing challenge inspired by cats and all. The black and white cat is named Stella and the orange fluff ball is Lebron. My husband surprised me with a cat nine years ago. I asked him if it was a girl because I really wanted to name it Stella (I had just finished reading The Witching Hour and was really into that name). He told me that the cat was a girl and "Stella" it was... until a few months later when little Stella had balls. We were still used to calling Stella by her name, so we kept it. Although sometimes we will say, "Stella the fella." :)
Our dog Frankie and her best friend Yuki are in the upper left corner. Apparently there is a cat corner an a dog corner on our bed.
When we were ready to adopt another cat I really wanted a girl since Stella is technically a boy. We went to the local shelter, found a fluffy cat we loved named Honeybun, and even though the info on the cage said "girl" we double checked with the person working to make sure that the cat was in fact a female. We got the thumbs up and had Honeybun sent to the vet to get fixed. The vet called and told me that the cat was actually a male and asked if we wanted him or if he should be sent back to the shelter. Hell no I wasn't sending a cat back to the shelter! My husband named him Lebron and we all lived happily ever after.
Now, let's talk sewing. Originally I had planned on making something totally different, but then realized that I couldn't due to the direction of the print. It was such a dumb dumb move, but I rarely sew with quilting cotton nowadays and usually sew with fabric that is 60 inches, not 45, so it didn't even cross my mind to check to make sure the directional print would work. I had to scrap my plan (didn't want sideways cats across my butt) and thought hard about what I should make. There was another skirt pattern on my table that I was about to cut out, but then I realized that maybe making a cat skirt wasn't the best idea considering I had just made one a few months ago. In the end I decided on making the Torfino pants by Sewaholic because, oddly enough, there is a gap in my wardrobe when it comes to pajamas and knew that pants with cats on them would end up being worn constantly.
My first pair of Torfinos were made in a comfy knit and are hands down the most worn pair of pajama pants that I own. However, the knit is 100% different than the Alexander Henry cat quilting cotton I planned on using (duh), so I crossed my fingers that the fit would be ok. In the end I would have to say that the fit is better than my first pair. There are no saggy butt issues, the waistband looks better, and this version has piping.
Pants are already appropriately covered in cat hair :)
For modifications I didn't do anything other than shortening the length by 2 inches. They could probably be shortened another inch or so, but we'll see how I feel about it after I have worn them more. I'm not crazy about the tie belt with this shirt, so I'm not sure I will wear this top with the pants, which is pretty lame on my part considering I made the top to go with the pants. Oh well.
The shirt is my go to t-shirt pattern, the Deer and Doe Plantain. There weren't any modifications on this either, except for changing the cutting layout for the neck binding to get a different stripe formation. The result is a neckline that isn't as flexible, but in a good way! It brings the neckline up, so the top isn't as low cut. While I am happy with the pattern, I am not happy with the fabric. It's from the Girl Charlee order I placed a few months back and I am having the same trouble with this fabric as with the others, it faded with the first wash :(
In the end I am happy with the pants and can't wait to make more! Quilting cotton was really fun to sew and is perfect for these pajamas. If you're going to make a wild clashing outfit then pj pants are the way to go, right? Oh, and if you guys want to make your own Cat Lady Torfinos the pdf pattern has just been released and is on sale for $9.98! I'm not getting compensated to say that, I just wanted to let you all know since I am a fan of the pattern and a fan of pattern sales :)
I can't wait to go lurk on all the completed Cat Lady Sewing Challenge garments! If you are participating please make sure to comment on this post for a chance to win a prize. Happy Monday!