Yup. That is indeed two crazy levels of fabric pattern mismatch. I utilised some cheap and cheerful pink gingham flannel I got at Lincraft a while ago on the throwout table as well as some off cut Japanese ponti and my old Simplicity 2116 pattern with some alterations to the top. And yes, I am utilising a pillow in all this pictures to help make these jammoes look cooler after my jumping on the bed montage failed. Tough times at Chez B&P.
The tank was a bit of a learning adventure for me which I did not expect. I changed the back part of the top from a racer back to a plain tank. Side note: why do you need a racer back PJ top? It's not like I am about to head to the gym to do some weights in my jammies. Or am I missing out on something? Regardless, the back alteration was pretty easy- I used the existing sides of the top's pattern and freestyle cut the back neckline to get a look I was happy with. But what I learnt from this pattern was the value of taking your high bust measurement. I selected my top size based on my regular bust measurement but it resulted in the top fitting well across my bust but gaping and folding around the high bust. I can say I've had this problem before but it's never made sense what caused it. A total lightbulb moment for me with this top. Yay! Though it may be time to finally take on the FBA. Perhaps. Or just start wearing muumuus. That's also an option... Or not... RAWR!
And what's that? Is that a cute as a button embroidered feature on the top? Why yes it is! It is an itty bitty pink and purple hedgehog wearing a beret named Errol. Nothing but sheer radness allowed on my pyjamas!
The pants were a standard make though I must remember there is a fair whack of ease in Simplicity patterns. As a result I took both sides in a couple of inches and added some pipping. I'm not going to lie. I now have a piping addiction and am a little obsessed with using my piping foot.
The pants are a total loose fit which is great for me. But remember Big Four- there is a fine line between loose fit and red hot mess burlap sack sizing. Just something to keep in mind.
I also adjusted the waistband of the pants to be more of a hipband. I ended up pushing my PJs down all the time with my old pair so I figured this quick adjustment was well worth it to keep Future Amanda happy. And I must say as I sit here typing this wearing my new pants I thanks Past Amanda for her consideration. She is a-ok.
What I loved about these patterns:
- The room for customisation. I love me a beginner pattern because there is so much freedom to sass things up. Like a pink and purple hedgehog. Because that is classy AND sassy.
- How super quick this went together. Even though it did take me a couple of weeks to get both pieces made that was simply because my sewing was cut down to 15 minute chunks a couple of times a week. Speedy win.
- How comfy they are. Because no one deserves ill fitting jam-jams. No one. Not even that jerk face who scratched up my tiny car trying to reverse park in the space behind me. Actually, come to think of it... May all your pyjamas be ill fitting and your cups of hot chocolate watery, jerk!
What I would change for next time:
- Go down a size in pants. Honestly. I know the big four are all about ease but things got totes cray-cray. Let this be a lesson to me about muslin-ing everything.
- Add a drawstring but in a cool ribbon/sash way. Yup, I could have done this this time but I needed me some new flannel pants STAT. Drawstring sash could wait.
- The aforementioned high bust measurement problem. I am determined to make this top again and try a FBA. It's time I stopped dodging this alteration and sucked it up.
So I have me a new pair of PJs. I call that a life win. But you know what is even more epic than having a rad new pair of jimamas? Rocking said new pyjamas whilst getting hugs from the cutest Bimble and Pimble on the planet. Fuzzy and fluffy!
Viva la winter!