Such a good feeling waking up in a lovely pair of PJs!

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Greetings from the gazebo, a colorful escape and peaceful refuge to start my day. In April, I borrowed a pair of my friend’s  Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns and at last I have my own. If you’re a Bedhead fan then you’ll love this pattern!

Two factors influenced my decision for this pattern….. Coats & Clark’s Secura Thread and Free Spirit’s latest collection of Amy Butler fabric entitled, Soulmate.

IMG_0076 copyAmy’s latest collection features 24 designs in 3 color ways of garment-friendly poplin!  Since the fabrics are color co-ordinated companion fabrics, I used contrast wherever possible.


For the shirt, I sewed the front and back bodice, lower pocket and arms in Soul Mate It Takes Two in bone.


The cuffs, collar, upper pocket and facings were sewn in Soul Mate’s Power Point, Cocoa. The collar, facings, pocket and cuffs were piped in turquoise.


As a newbie to embroidery, I’m exploring my new machine‘s capabilities and embroidered the pocket with my monogram.

(Hoping to order monogram software soon! )

Last but certainly not least! ……

Secura Thread is a game changer in my books!
Coats & Clark recently introduced me to this awesome product, available in six colors.

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This innovative thread is heat activated by steam which causes the thread to lock to itself.  Simply attach the button with the thread and steam with your iron.  No more loose buttons or embellishments! Once you try it you’ll never use anything else 🙂

My preferred taste is to use smaller buttons for shirts, unless I want a decorative look.


I love the outcome of the PJs so much, I ordered fabric to make long and short bottoms!IMG_0089

The bottoms are sewn in the reverse colors of the top. This time the main parts (legs) are sewn in the Power Point Cocoa and the contrast (waistband and cuffs) is sewn in It Takes Two. I piped the pockets and the cuffs for a polished result.


I think the two pieces go together just great and look forward to sewing the long bottoms as fall approaches. 

The only downside of my new PJs is not wanting to get dressed 😉


Cheers to lazy mornings and a good night’s sleep!

Would you like to try Secura Heat-activated Button Thread? Comment here for a chance to win 6 spools by July 14. Coats & Clark will select 3 winners.

33 thoughts on “Sleepmate/Soulmate/Secura

  1. Jennifer Essad Reply

    Wow, the design of your pajama set is visually so appealing. That thread is pure genius. I’m really anxious to try it out. Seeing all the detail in this pattern shows amazing talent. Thank you for sharing and offering us this gift, I’m going to use this application on one of your tunic patterns as well

    • Sarah Gunn Reply

      Thank you, Jennifer! The thread is genius indeed 🙂 Please send me a photo of your tunic when it’s finished!

  2. Cynthia Brooks Reply

    I think your pajamas are smashing! The fabric and the piping really take things to the next level. I would have a hard time getting out of them as well.

  3. Teri Stich Reply

    Those are great pj’s. I might have to give that pattern a go! And the fabric is wonderful, great coordination of color and pattern. Oh and yes I would love to win giving me an opportunity to try what sounds like great thread!

    • Sarah Gunn Reply

      Thank you, Sue! I love Amy’s new collection….. OK, I love all of Amy’s fabrics, but this poplin is perfect for PJs 😉

  4. Pam Reply

    Love the pj’s
    Love the pattern
    Intrigued by the thread
    Never loose a button again?

  5. Christine Gibbons Reply

    I LOVE your new pajamas. They are beautiful. I can’t wait to try the new thread.

  6. Denie Crowder Reply

    I would love to try the new thread! I am always inspired by your blog and ideas!

  7. Carolyn Reply

    That thread is perfect……to be able to sew buttons on only once! I’m anxious to try it!

  8. Gigi Reply

    Your pjs are amazing! Enjoy seeing your creations and your inspiration!

  9. Sue Kristiansen Reply

    Your new pajamas are adorable! I would love to try this, thank you.

  10. Pam Bruner Reply

    I would like to try the thread. I tried to find it in my local Joann’s yesterday, but they had not heard of it yet.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Secura was originally hanging on a strip rather than in the thread cabinet. Keep asking- they may just be out!

  11. Monica Scoggins Reply

    Oh this is great! I also read about it in Threads magazine too. I would love to try this thread. I would experiment using it to create gathering threads.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      That’s an interesting idea, Monica. One key thing to remember is that is fuses to itself, not the fabric.

  12. Jeannie Reply

    I’d love to win that thread. Haven’t seen it in a store, yet, and too lazy to look for it online. Cute PJs, too.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      A quick Google search will turn up a number of on-line sources.

  13. Rosemary O'Koren Reply

    I hate sew buttons on so if I could use this thread and sew them once, that would be great.

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