First pattern project: Kids Pajama Pants

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Kids Pajama Pants

  • Pattern: Simplicity 2027
  • Fabric Used: 1.125 yards of 100% cotton flannel
  • Notions: About 1.5-2 feet of 1″ elastic for the waistband

You know those ladies (and sometimes men) who sit at those tables in the middle of Joann Fabrics, in the sewing section, thumbing through immense books of patterns? I’ve become one of them. With Joann’s having sales on Simplicity and McCall patterns, I went on a pattern buying frenzy and now my queue has become, let’s say, impressively ridiculous.

First up on the block, pajama pants. After pinteresting and googling “easy sewing projects,” pajama pants came up over and over. If that many people were suggesting it, it couldn’t be a wrong way to go. The pattern I used was Simplicity 2047 and I made the C Pants in size 4, with my nephew as the lucky (or unlucky..) recipient of my first work of art. At least he picked out the fabric himself.

Reading a pattern for the first time is like trying to read a book in a different language when you only know the alphabet. I had to google so many words (e.g., what is a selvage), look up what different symbols meant, and watch youtube videos on how to cut patterns. I also had the opportunity to use my brother in-law’s serger, which was incredibly daunting given I was a novice at a regular sewing machine. There were a few rough patches in the construction and it was pretty slow going. All in all, the end product came out decently except for one minor issue. I used the wrong end of the fabric and placed the pieces such that the pattern on the pants is upside down. It’s a good thing these pants were for a 5 year old who was going to wear these at home.

One technical note, I decided to leave the pants long (instead of cutting off the excess) and adjust the length using a blind hem stitch on the sewing machine. It took me several tries and in the end, it means there’s a bunch of fabric folded under at the ends but I think it is fine. Now, when he goes through a growth spurt, I can let down the hem and the pants remain wearable for a little while longer. That is, if the rest of the pants hold up to the wear and tear of an active 5 year old.

He seems happy with them.
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