Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bonus Sew Cheap Pattern Review: Simplicity PJ's

This month I'm posting a bonus sew cheap pattern review. I'm not counting this as one of my challenged 12 as I made it for Tim, not me, and I've actually already made this pattern before. The Simplicity Easy PJ Pants are a freely available multisize pattern for men and women.

Simplicity PJ Pants

Last year I made up a pair for Tim's birthday out of orange and white robot flannelette. They turned out super cute. I cut him a Size M and the fit was good, but we agreed that the waistband sits much higher than necessary. 

Simplicity PJ Pants

This time I again used size M but increased the waist band size. The pattern says to turn down the waist band 1/4"and again 7/8" (total 1&1/8"), sew and insert 1/2"elastic. Instead I turned down the waist band a total of 2": about 3/4" under and then again a 1 &1/4". I also used 1"elastic. This removes some of the excess length in the waist and also creates a more substantial, sturdy waist band. I used brown twill tape from the draw string.  Otherwise I followed the instructions. Except that I sewed up all my seams on an overlocker (Thats right! I bought an overlocker!! More on that another time) barring the hem and waistband. 

Simplicity PJ Pants

I bought this animal flannelette from Spotlight. How freakin' adorable is it? I have a small amount left so I might make myself some PJ shorts or perhaps make PJ pants from nephews. Tim's really pleased with his new PJ pants. I'm not so sure he's pleased with me posting picture of them online...

Simplicity PJ Pants

The pattern instructions are very thorough and, in my opinion, a bit overly wordy. By following the pictures/diagrams you will be happily on your way to sewing yourself some jammies, no need to get bogged down in the text. This pattern is perfect for beginners and also for those wanting to whip up some PJ's quick smart.
  
Simplicity PJ Pants

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16 comments:

  1. so cute! You should definitely make yourself some shorty pjs, then you guys can sit in bed and feel all cool that you're a matchy couple (like britney and J.T or victoria and david beckham used to do) he he he.

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    1. Haha, too funny. Don't know that we want to be like Brittany and JT. That didn't end well!

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  2. Cute!! Love the woodland animals :)

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  3. Adorable fabric! Not many men can pull of wearing woodland animal PJ's. I have been wanting to teach my nephew's daughter who is 10 how to sew and this pattern would be a great choice for her.

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    1. Thanks! Tim can totally pull these Jammies off! it certainly would. Just need to shorten the legs a bit.

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  4. These are so cute!! (And they look really, really comfy!) Looking forward to hearing more about your new overlocker - I've been keeping an eye out for that one too but no sign of it in Dublin lately. I live in hope…! :)

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    1. Thanks. They are so freakin soft! It looks like they only sell it once or twice a year over here. Perhaps sign up to the newsletter so you can stay in the loop and pounce on it when they're available.

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  5. These are perfect - better get my butt to Spotlight!

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    1. There are SO many good patterns atm! but the fabric quality is not amazing.

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  6. I know you know I covet your fabric... you better make up some shorts so I can live vicariously through you! ^__^

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  7. I love this fabric! Maybe the high waist thing is just a feature of many pj patterns as my pattern is the same.

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    1. isn't cute!! yeah, I don't know why high waisted PJ pants are needed though?

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  8. I love love love this foxy fabric!

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    1. It's super cute isn't it!
      As soon as some of my other sewing deadlines/commitments are over I'm making myself some foxy shorts.

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