Finally! A project to cross off my list! Is it oversharing if I tell you I wore these to bed last night? Cause I totally did. And, it was AWESOME!
To make these, I used the pajama top from Advance 6567 and cut the pants from Simplicity 9330. My primary purpose for combining the patterns was to eliminate the SUPER high rise of the waist allowed for in the Advance pattern. I prefer to wear my loungewear just below my natural waist, not at my bra line.
Ultimately, I still wacked three and a half inches from the rise of the Simplicity pants. I'm sure an averaged height person wouldn't need to make the same modification, but I'm a shorty. It probably goes without saying that I also needed to crop a solid four inches from the leg length in order to keep from stepping on and tripping over the pant cuffs.
I'm enamored with the little details incorporated into the design of this pattern. The curved cuffs, the collar, the pocket, the piping! They're fabulous!
The 'plan' is to make three more pairs of pajamas before Christmas. (I know, this seems a little unreasonable given my marked level of sewing productivity over the last year) I would have jumped head first into the deadline pj's but there were so many new (to me) elements of construction in these; I felt I needed a test-run to work out the kinks. I really do feel like I'm better prepared now than I would have been otherwise. There are a couple further changes I've noted for future reference, like my top button can be a bit closer to the top, and I think it would be worthwhile to tack the cuffs in place.
The fit on these is FAB. I think having Midge around to hold my pattern pieces up against and try my progress on as I worked really helped in this regard.
If you hone in on the shoulder seam, you can see the imperfections I mentioned during my progress report. It's not overtly obvious. But I do see room for improvement. I cannot wait to try the tips and techniques the ladies over on the Ravelry sewing forum offered up.
The fabric is a 100% cotton, Cozy Flannel purchased from Hancock Fabrics on Black Friday. *DEALS* If I remember correctly, it was priced approximately $2.50 a yard. And, I required a FULL four yards to complete this project, plus 6 buttons and 1.25 packages of piping.
I am way oversharing today.... bellybutton..... bum shot....
If you can't tell by the number of pictures I made Mike take, I'm pretty pleased with myself and this project.
Speaking of pictures, didn't he do a great job? I was quite impressed with his photography.
And, for S&Gs gratuitous puppy pictures. They were so curious while we snapped shots, that is, until I dragged them into the frame. Dulce, (above) is particularly terrified of the camera (brooms, the vacuum, thunderstorms, etc...). Danger, well, he's pretty cool, unless we're dealing with other dogs, taking a ride in the car, or headed toward the bath.
One more before I go. Because, afterall, it is Wednesday, which means it's time to show our WIPs.
Ok. enough already. :-D See you soon!