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Simplicity 5271: The Novelty Versions

2014 February 14
by elizabeth_admin

I spent the entire day in front of my machines while the little boy who lives with me played at my side or watched a movie.  It was heaven!

So two things on my to do list were to make some pj pants for both myself and the little boy.  I had recently bought two novelty prints for both of us.  For me, an ironic mustache cotton, and for Jack, a glow in the dark space/rocket flannel.  I used Simplicity 5271 for both of us (original review here).  The pattern comes with kids/teens/adult sizes.  I think I might try their raglan t-shirt sometime soon, but it looks a little baggy to me judging from the envelope photos.

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I made an adult medium for me, but cut it off at mid calf (about a 20 inch inseam).  I left off the pockets on my pants.  It fits comfortably if a little unflattering.  I wish I had thought to cut these in single layer rather than on the fold.  My print matching or balancing is not very pleasing.  They’re PJ pants though, so who cares?  And truth be told, I had very little yardage, so I might not have been able to cut them as I wanted to do if I had put them in a single layer.

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For Jack, I made the XS child size.  It’s a little on the long side, but other than that, it’s pretty straightforward.  I put on the patch pockets for his pants, but they are absurdly low on the leg.  I will adjust that for next time.

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Jack is pretty pleased with his glow in the dark PJ’s.

And I have enough yardage of the glow in the dark flannel to make a duplicate set for Thor, my nephew  — his birthday is coming up soon.  I will work on those tonight since I’m on a roll with this pattern.

I have to see what else is on the sewing queue.  I have so much I want to sew.  In fact, I have been pre-treating a buttload of fabrics, so I can be ready when the mood strikes.  I hate having to pre-treat after deciding to work on a garment.  It really clogs up the mojo flow.

Happy sewing!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. February 15, 2014

    There is absolutely nothing like a great pair of pj’s. Love the mustache print.

  2. mari permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Really love the chopped off pj pants. I was thinking when I read that you chopped them before I saw the photo o dear me but I think they are really cute pj bottoms. Must try a pair this summer.

  3. mari permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Oh I love the boy pj pants meant to add very cute. I have grandsons. The first pair I tried from the big four were really bad fit wise a really bad pattern. The legs were enormous, I could have worn them. I now have a burda and kwik sew hoping for better fit. I am adding the one you used as it looks very versatile and has a lot of sizes and the raglan tee.

  4. February 15, 2014

    I absolutely agree, there is nothing like a great pair of pjs. I really like the length of your mustache print pants and the print. I might have to do that for the spring. Jack’s pants are really cute.

  5. Judi permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Both pair of jam pants are cute! You can tell Jack likes them by his little smile. You are smart to pre-treat lots of fabrics ahead of time. I don’t pretreat until I decide what pattern and fabric I want to use and you’re right…waiting really does interrupt my mojo.

  6. February 15, 2014

    You’re both so cute!

  7. Cas... permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Super cool! I love them!

  8. February 15, 2014

    So cute, and Jack is precious. I love to sew pj’s and such for my g’son, neice, and nephew, they’re are around Jack’s age. Wish they wouldn’t grow up!

  9. February 15, 2014

    Cute PJs.

  10. February 15, 2014

    Love the PJs! I like your cropped length — very practical. I recently made some PJ pants out of polar fleece fabric. So comfy!

  11. February 15, 2014

    Both PJs look great! Glow in the dark fabric? How much fun!

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