To ease me back into sewing, and because the need was REALLY urgent (I only had 1 pair of pyjama pants, and they were threadbare), I decided, on a whim, to make myself a pair of pyjama pants.
Now, I can wing a simple gathered skirt (not that it is really useful, as gathered skirts do nothing for my silhouette), but I can’t quite wing pants just yet. I had to use a pattern.
But I didn’t have any patterns. Well, no pyjama patterns in my little pattern stash, and the need was so urgent, I couldn’t order one either. Really, I needed those pants that same night I decided to sew them. No reason, other than my deranged mind.
I was getting quite desperate. Then, as I was sobbing over my patterns, I spotted the one. The one I wasn’t sure why I was keeping it, because it was just not my style. It was Simplicity 3565.
But look at those pants. Can you see it? Can you see how they could work as pyjama pants?
Well, it did! I removed the side zip (that wouldn’t have made for very comfortable pants!) and replaced it with an elasticated waist. Where the pattern was tapering at the waist, I kept the lines straight from the hip to the waist to give me enough width to pull on the pants.
Believe it or not, I removed about 1 inch / 2.5 cm from the width of the leg. I also cut the cropped pants length. I’m short stuff!
I cut a size 14, which, if you read the back envelope would have been too tight around the waist / hips, but there’s a crazy amount of ease built in commercial pattern. I had plenty of room, as you can see!
The fabric was a lucky find on TradeMe, I paid $2.50 for about 2m of this soft fine cotton. It feels almost brushed? I considered making it into a shirt, but I’m glad I went with pj pants instead. Not sure I would have worn such a bold plaid next to my face.
I French seamed the whole thing, for added strength / neat finishing. Also, I don’t have an iron yet, so it felt like this kind of seam would still work.
Now, making these pants wasn’t without hiccups. I was powering through them, with just the waistband and the hems to do. But my sewing machine had decided otherwise. As I turned it on, it greeted me with a long beep and an E1 error message on its display. Let’s just say that a few swear words were uttered. Now, this is NOT good news about my sewing machine. I took it to the repair shop on Friday and since I bought it in the UK, they weren’t sure they could get the right piece for it. They had to call Australia to find out and call me back. Let’s just say I’m still waiting for a call back. It’s also going to cost me a lot of hard earned dollars to get it fixed (if they can do it). Obviously, not as much as buying a new machine, but still not something I wanted to spend money on right now. I am a little annoyed (euphemism of the year).
But at least, I’ve got some crazy-a$$ pants, ha! And my catch-stitch has greatly improved (might as well practiced my hand stitching, right?!