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.
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.
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.
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...
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.