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And PJ’s to match

2013 May 29
by elizabeth_admin

My friend Tim has been helping me with an important project the past few months.  He’s been generous with his time which is in short supply since he’s working full-time and going to grad school full-time.  So, needless to say, when he asked me to make some baby pajamas and a pair of adult PJ pants to match, I said, of course!  The baby of some friends of his is having her first birthday this weekend.  He wanted to give the baby a handmade present and thought it would be a hoot if he matched the baby too.  I thought that was a great idea.  Very funny.  I hunted for fabric in San Diego first and then I found the perfect fabric in NYC in March.  It’s not too babyish and not too adult of a print.  When I found the perfect coordinating fabric in my stash this week, I knew I had a winning combo.

At first I was going to use an Ottobre pattern, but then I thought, why reinvent the wheel.  I had a TNT pj pattern in my stash that was ready to go, Kwik Sew 3510.

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I used the solid blue fabric for the cuffs, neck binding, and for the appliqué.  The polka dot fabric was for the body of the pattern.  I think it came out well if I do say so myself.  :)

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Once those were done, I turned my attention to the matching adult PJ pants.  Yes, matching.  I used the polka dot fabric for the base again and the solid blue for the cuffs.  My only problem was that I didn’t have a knit PJ pattern for adults.  And this is where Sherril came to my rescue yet again.  When I asked how I could alter a woven pattern (Simplicity 5271, original review here) to a knit pattern and taper the legs, Sherril sent me this link to a fitting book (pg 351) which instructed me to taper on both sides of the pattern pieces equally.  My friend Tim had sent me a pair of pj pants that fit him well and I used them as a starting point for sizing.

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Here’s Tim’s pants overlayed on the woven pant pattern.

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As you can see, Tim’s pants are shorter and much more slender as well as tapered.  And you can see how I would be stymied as to how to alter the pattern without having done something like that before.  The first thing I did was fold over the front pattern piece down the middle a 1/2 inch.  Then I removed ease from the side seam and inseam equally from the crotch curve on down.  For the back pattern piece I found that I had to fold over the middle by a whole inch.  I cut out my fabric, serged it together and compared it to Tim’s pants.  The first thing I noticed was that my pair was too short by 2 inches.  I don’t know how that happened, but it did.  And I noticed that I had tapered too much.  There wasn’t enough ease from the knees down.  Luckily I had more fabric since I bought 5 yards total.  So I lengthened the legs and added back some of the ease I had removed.  Here’s how that looked on the cutting table.

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I tried them on and it was a perfect match in fit to Tim’s original pants.  Phew!  I finished the waistband and added the cuffs and I was done!  Here’s me wearing the pants to check for fit.  Please note that they are too long for me, but just right for Tim.  The inseam length matches the original pants exactly as well as the crotch to waist measurement.

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I’m so glad I could make this project for Tim.  He’s a dear friend who’s always there for me whenever I need him no matter how busy he is.  A true friend.  I can’t wait to see him wearing the pants next to baby Skyler in her matching pj’s!

In non-sewing news, I read a book!  Remember when I said I didn’t read anymore because I’m so obsessed with sewing?  Well I started and finished a book in two days, Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl Who Played with Fire”.  It’s the second book of the trilogy.  I read the first one years ago.  I loved the book and it was a really fast read.  I already downloaded the final book onto the Kindle my sister gave me a couple of years ago.  I’m about a 1/3 of the way through it already.  I think I can fit in reading again with my sewing obsession.  I just have to keep my project deadlines in mind.  Yeah!  How do you fit in your other loves like reading with your sewing time?  I would love to hear your strategies.

Happy reading and sewing people!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. annie permalink
    May 29, 2013

    The reading thing is a tough call for me b/c it is my first love, by about 18 months! I sew in the day time and read in the night time.

  2. Patricia permalink
    May 29, 2013

    I am about to listen to the same book as an audiobook on CD that I borrowed from the library! Of course, while I am sewing. That way I get to do two favorite things at once, and I can’t wait to get back to both!

  3. May 29, 2013

    How adorable! Wonderful gift.

  4. May 29, 2013

    I listen to audiobooks while I sew. Friend me on Goodreads to see what I am reading.

  5. Juliet permalink
    May 30, 2013

    I finished the same book at 12.45 a.m. this morning! A page turner and finished in 6 days just with bedtime reading. Not that popular with my husband though (“When are you going to turn out the light?”)
    Those PJ are great, now you have the pattern you can make surprise gifts when you see a nice fabric.

  6. Judi permalink
    May 30, 2013

    Cute jams! I read before I go to bed. What if you and Jack have a set ‘reading time’ like for a half hour before his bed time where he reads his own book and you read yours?

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