Good evening. It’s been quiet around here because I’ve been sewing away! I told myself I would not start one of the new patterns I had bought online until I get the crew’s pajama pants done. Today I thought I would be in the clear but nope, I wasn’t that lucky as I had my first, sewing failure!
Pattern: Simplicity 3971
In these two photos, is how my flannel, PJ pants came out. Can you tell what’s wrong?
- long ways down to the crotch from the waistband
- short legs
- wide a** legs
The finished, hip measurement for a small is 48″. My hips are 38.25″! Before I had finished up this pair of pants, I had cut off a little over six inches on each leg because they were way too long.
Part of me blames myself for not catching on how wide everything was when I first cut out the fabric because I had recently watched Crafty Gemini’s How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope. In that video, she shows how important it is to compare the finished measurements to what your body size numbers are before choosing a size to cut out.
- My hemming of the waistband and leg cuffs were spot on with my pants.
- Lesson Learned. Check the finished garment numbers before picking a size because the final outcome can end up way bigger or even smaller than the size I think I need.
- I have more of this llama flannel so tomorrow I’ll be starting over on this project.
Would I recommend this pattern?
No. While flannel pajamas are supposed to be roomy, the amount of ease in each size is ridiculous. I also didn’t like how the pattern pieces didn’t have reminders of where one could shorten. This is supposed to be for beginners. The pattern instructions weren’t as detailed as I would have liked and have seen in other patterns. It assumes you know certain things or steps.
Okay, off to see if the crew is hungry now as it’s 6:25 pm PST. Enjoy the rest of your Friday. TTYS.