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Revisited: Pattern Review of Simplicity 3584

2011 June 13
by elizabeth_admin

What a weekend!  Jack’s birthday party was a success I think.  I mean I survived it.  😉   I have tremendous respect for pre-school teachers.  It’s like wrangling cats.  OMG!  Best of all though, Jack loved his Thomas the Train pj’s.  I used Simplicity 3584 again, just like I did for Thor’s pj’s.  However, this experience was quite different because I could fit as I go.  And, actually if I make this pattern again, I would make even more changes. 

Here’s the lowdown:

  • The pajama top is ridiculously short in both shirt and sleeve length.  I added 1 inch (would have added more, but I ran out of fabric – more on that later) to the shirt length since I knew it was short from when I made it the first time.  But I didn’t realize the sleeves were short too.  I had to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the shirt and I did a narrow hem for the sleeves.  If I had enough fabric in future, I would add a total of at least 2.5 inches to the length of the shirt and at least 2 inches to the sleeves.
  • The pants are actually not too long per se.  The crotch to waist is ridiculously long.  I think the pant leg is actually an ok length.  Next time I would chop off about 2 inches from the top of the waist so that the crotch is at the right height.
  • Again, the elastic was too big for the waist, and I had to cut it shorter by about 2 inches.  They advise you to measure the waist of your kid and add 1 inch for seam allowance.  That was way too loose. 
  • This time I carefully read the collar instructions and attached it correctly.  No bias tape was needed for emergency patching.  😉  
  • I figured out why the facings were too long last time too.  In Thor’s version I had folded them over too far.  I did it correctly this time.
  • The pocket placement on the pattern is ridiculously high.  I should have checked the placement on Jack, but it’s sewed on but good now and there’s no way I’m moving it now.  Definitely check your pocket placement on a real live kid before sewing it on.

Other than that, this pattern is really straight forward.  The instructions are great.  The pattern is a straight up classic PJ set.  My only caveats are: 1) know that the length of the shirt is too short and that the waist-to-crotch of the pants is too long, 2) fit as you go, and 3) check the pocket placement. 

You want to see it now don’t you?

facing and hem


narrow hem to maximize length on sleeves

facing attached to shoulder seam

PJ shirt front

close up of collar


Jack was pleased as punch with his new jammies.  He slept in them last night.  So cute.  

Oh, and the story about why I didn’t add more length to the PJ top was:  When I bought the fabric from Chic Fabrics last year, I asked for one yard thinking they were kids pj’s and how could I possibly need more than a yard.  Well, I didn’t realize the fabric width was only 45 inches.  Doh!  I had to do extreme fabric placement in order to get all the pieces on to what little fabric I had.  I put the sleeves on the cross grain.  I know, not the ideal situation, but it’s what I had to do.  I did go back to Chic to see if they had any yardage left, but the owner looked at me like I was crazy to be out looking for fabric he had months ago and flannel fabric at that (that day was 97 degrees).  But, I made it work and Jack loves them. 


Happy sewing everyone!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011

    Gosh he looks like you! 🙂

    Glad his birthday and the pjs were a big success.

  2. June 13, 2011

    So cute! And congratulations on surviving the party. We are doing a double-decker birthday (both kids at once) in a couple of weeks and I am very, very scared.

    I was tempted to ask if the pattern size was small enough that it might still be designed with cloth-diaper-allowance in the rise, but I suspect a sloppy block is more likely the problem. So many kids patterns seem drafted wide and short—I don’t get it at all.

    Making a piece they love is wonderful, isn’t it? 😀

  3. June 13, 2011

    Yeah! They’re so cute and I’m so glad you finished them. They seemed to be hanging over your head for a while.

    I’m glad the party went well too. This may be a Supermom moment for you. Enjoy it.

  4. June 13, 2011

    I ove sewing pyjamas! My boy needs some bigger ones, but I just haven’t got the time at the moment. I have this and another Simplicity pyjama pattern, and I have to make so many changes to fit my toddler. I wonder if somewhere out there is the perfect pyjama pattern that requires no major alterations…

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