PJ pants

A pledge to stop buying new fabric has a little-known fine-print clause: if you can make a thing from the fabric within 24 hours and it never touches the stash, it doesn’t count. It’s like it never happened.

I decided to apply this clause when, within the space of a week, my PJ pants wore so thin that they tore, and a sheet-buying expedition to Spotlight turned up the most hilarious flanelette which was also on sale.

Check this out. Animals hiding badly.


The bear just slays me. And interestingly, the selvedge suggests that RMIT students designed the thing! (It also suggests your child will catch on fire wearing the stuff.)


It took about 2 hours all up to turn this soft soft soft flanelette into PJ pants with Simplicity 4023. All I did was make them extra long and add a waistband because they were too low-riding.


PJs are super easy to whip up in no time at all. But if you’re keen to have a little community support, go join the Pyjama Party at Did You Make That? HQ.

The stashing, it continues

Me? Adding to the stash? Well, I never!

That wasn’t me buying mad mail-order maxi dress patterns from Etsy.


And ’twas not I in Hobart Spotlight last year making good the 30%-off-if-you-emptied-the-roll-deal on cotton sateen. Nor me in Bundaberg Spotlight on Boxing Day rummaging through the bargain table and finding hilarious folk-style poplin. That was some other unstoppable-hoarder-type entirely.

Incidentally, have you heard the terrible news that Brunswick Spotlight is closing down? Welcome news to those who didn’t like its disorder, long queues and occasional grottiness. But I liked it and will miss it.