I finally bit the bullet and made my first piece of clothing: PJ bottoms. I know this is not rocket science, but it is a leap for me. First off, they are 3D. I do not normally do well with things that have more dimensions than a quilt top. Second, they use a paper pattern, which I have never followed before. But when I saw Judith's post last week I had to just dive in and give them a try.
I bought a pattern for these PJ bottoms while I was in the US over Christmas, and used this handy dandy method to trace the pattern onto tissue paper allowing me to create templates in two sizes - pink paper for my pants and blue paper for my other half's pants. I love a good color code.
I bought this particular pattern for one reason and one reason only: they were drawstring pants. I hate elastic PJ bottoms. Do you see this nice, happy family on the cover?
Do you see that they LOVE their drawstring pants? Sorted. I dove in.
As I was following the pattern instructions and sewing away, I just couldn't imagine how the instructions lead to a drawstring top. I couldn't see it coming together. But, sometimes that's how it is with me and 3D projects. Only when I have it right side out and flipped so the top is on the top it becomes clear. It DID say on the back cover that you would need a length of elastic and a length of twill for the tie, so I was confident it would all work out just fine. ... I was waiting for the light bulb moment.
And FINALLY. I see this:
Accompanied by this:
WHAT!?!? A fake draw string?!?! Are they serious? I carry on and put in the elastic waist and they fit himself reasonably well.
|Stinky night time indoor lamp light photo. Sorry, guys!|
Luckily enough he'd rather have a bit of elastic than a drawstring so all is well that ends well. At least I know now how to put them together, how to scale the pattern to fit me and how to modify it to add in a proper drawstring. I guess it's like cooking, you have to follow the recipe the first time to be able to modify it to taste the second time.
I'm glad I gave them a try, I'm delighted he's happy with his new pants and I think it's great to have a go-to pattern for a quick make (perhaps for a gift?) so all is well that ends well.