Carolyn Pajamas in animal print flannel and neon piping // Closet Case Files
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I speak to you from the Land of Puppy. In LOP, you constantly have stinky treats in your pockets and poop bags at your fingertips. You are smothered with kisses, climbed over like a jungle gym and presented with so many adorable puppy body parts (pink bellies, strokable ears, soft, squishable paws) that it is hard to choose which one to love more at any given time. You are woken up multiple times a night for potty breaks. You are definitely a little sleep deprived, and start feeling a keen empathy for everyone you know with babies. You want a happy, independent dog so you harden our heart just a little to puppy cries, even if inside you’re smothering the desire to wear him in a baby sling 24/7, just to feel that soft puppy fur and little heart beating all day long.

In Land of Puppy, the most important thing in your closet is a pair of warm, flannel pajamas. When it’s 2am and your phone is bleating and the puppy is making full bladder whines, you need to be fast out of bed, down two flights of stairs, and into that cold, snow covered alley so you can sleepily mutter, “Go potty, go potty, go potty” without freezing your (human) tail off.

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While I made these cozy Carolyn Pajamas long before Harry came home, I am so grateful for them this week. Even though they have an abstract cat print, I don’t think he minds, as long as he can gnaw on the hem every once and awhile. They were desperately needed, puppy notwithstanding. I am trying to get in the habit of actually keeping my pattern samples in unworn condition, and had been wearing old, imperfect Carolyn muslins around the house. Super inspired by Christine’s use of neon piping on her set of Carolyns, I picked some of this neon yellow stuff up at Pacific Trimming in New York and waited until the right flannel fell into my lap, which happened one day at my wholesaler’s. If you’d like to have a go at neon piping, I found some on Etsy here.

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These were my last finished project before I left for France. I wanted something cute to wear in the morning around G’s family, and they came in extremely handy when I had food poisoning. You’ll always be grateful for cozy flannel pajamas when you are lying on the bathroom floor at your father in-laws house, trust me.

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The neon makes me so happy! Such a fun way to add definition to the design lines.  I’ll definitely be buying more; I’d like to make a few more pairs of Carolyn Pajamas this year, since I suspect I’ll be out in that alley every night for a very long time.

Ps. If you’re not instagram, you may have missed the Harry deluge… you can see my little lovebug here.

  • Esther

    cool photo background!

    • I’ll tell my friend you said so! It’s in her old farmhouse 😉

  • Cadi

    That neon piping is everything, and is sending me back to finish my Carolyns, in a horridly amazing floral and butterfly printed flannel backed satin. And keep the puppy pictures coming, they are helping my campaign for a King Charles pup of my own!

    • Those jammies sound magnificent. And I’ll keep the pup shots coming – anything to help your campaign. He is the absolute best dog ever. So glad I chose this breed….

    • Flannel back satin? Oh just mail them to me. So soft!

  • Ryann

    I love these treats: because NO STINK. the only issue is that I generally have some in pockets of most coats, so I get random dogs hopefully sniffing me (not really an issue :))

    • Those look awesome! I’ll add some to my next US amazon order 🙂

  • Hélène

    Courage, Heather Lou! It always seems like forever, but training a puppy is just a question of weeks – they get it very fast. And your pictures with new background are splendid (no puppy photo bombing?).

    • He’s already getting better! Haven’t ha da poop indoors in two days. And we took these at my friend’s farmhouse before Harry came home… DOn’t worry, he’ll be puppy bombing all future pictures.

  • They are amazing! That neon accent is such a great idea.

    • Thanks Nathalie! All credit goes to Christine Haynes.

  • Judith

    That looks amazing! I’m dreaming of a leopard print Carolyn with hot pink piping.

  • Shelley

    Awww … You’ve reminded me of when our dog was a puppy and we were standing outside freezing and saying “go pee!!!!” People kept telling us that it was preparation for having a baby but it really wasn’t. I’ve never once had to go outside in the middle of winter to change a diaper. I saw your little guy on Instagram and he is so cute. I’m looking forward to more pictures. The pjs look great too (you keep adding patterns to my to-do list – it’s wonderful).

  • Sharon

    Memories of puppy days are special and so is the relationship you have with them as they grow. Harry looks so cute.

    Very stylish Carolyn’s and what a great idea to add the neon piping.

  • Sophie

    Gawd damn! I need to make some of these for winter. Love the pop of Neon, you sassy cat, you!

  • mokosha

    i’m so not a pajamas person, but would totally wear these! love the print and piping combo! and harry is adorable, keep those ig posts coming

  • Love the neon piping! Your pjs look chic and cozy!

  • These are so freakin’ cute… but not as cute as Harry! I can’t even deal with him.

  • OMG Harry…. ahhhh so adorable!

  • Dude, the LIGHT in this space is so perfect. I want to photograph all my meals here. Also, you look stunning, per usual, even in pajamas.

  • Cara Banera

    I love that neon trim – so fun! Sorry to hear you had food poisoning…. Randomly enough, I also got food poisoning while visiting Lille several years ago. While having food poisoning is a terrible experience, it’s made way way worse when all the public toilets are pay toilets!!!!!

  • Beautiful! We now have a very old dog (and a new baby, as it happens) and I’m wishing I had some flannelly goodness! Lots of shivering impatiently in the doorway!

  • I can only imagine how Harry is melting your heart 24/7 – I got to snuggle my friend’s Cavalier puppy for about 2 minutes and was, no joke, in tears over how soft and cute she was.

    And the PJs are pretty sweet too – need to add them to my queue!

  • I’d love to snuggle into bed in these pyjamas…but it’s so darn hot here. 37 degrees celsius and rising.

  • Genesis

    I loved this pajamas! The neon color with animal print are perfect combination. I like your blog and your creations. Thanks for sharing it.

  • These are awesome and I love the neon piping! I definitely need more Carolyn’s in my life! Puppies are so awesome, and just like new babies, they smell delicious! Harry is so adorable, I hope you are enjoying the love!