I almost called this post: “The Pajamas That Almost Didn’t Happen.” You see, when I first spotted Wonder Woman flannel early this fall, I knew that I had to turn this fabric into pajama bottoms…. so I snagged 2 yards thinking this would be plenty. If I would have paid more attention when I bought it, I would have noticed that they were 45″ wide so there wasn’t going to be nearly the amount of material needed to make a pair – of course, I didn’t realize this until the other day after I went to cut into it. After looking at several stores, I finally found enough yardage to make a second leg!
As for the pattern, I decided to stitch up a new one: Peek-a-Boo Pattern’s Hit the Hay Pajama Pants. Since I didn’t want to break up the print on the fabric, I went with a ‘no side seam’ version of the pattern in a small with a regular inseam (most of the time I am on the cusp of the short sizing, but you never know what people consider ‘short so I thought too much fabric is better than too little)! I also made a few changes:
- I skipped the contrast lining on the waistband. I don’t see myself ever folding it over nor was I going for the drawstring waistband – so I just serged the top edge of the material, folded it over to the wrong side of the pants, stitched & inserted the elastic.
- I didn’t have 1 1/2″ elastic so I used 1″ which is what I had on hand.
- I did’t like how the pants were hemmed (folding over 1/2″ then folding it again 1″) so I split the difference between the total fold (5/8″) and did it twice to create a finished edge.
As for the fit, it’s very roomy. The legs are much wider than other pj bottoms that I’ve sewn so if you’re looking for something ‘slimmer’ I’d opt for a different pattern. They are also plenty long on me (I could have easily gone with the ‘short’ length), but overall the fit is good.
Overall, I liked the pattern. It had several different options (pockets, no side seams, contrastfoldover waistband) that made it different from ones I currently own and they are wickedly comfy because of the super wide legs. Next up a pair for Bret! I’ll probably do similar changes to his version as well, but I’m anxious to see how they fit a different body type… Hopefully I’ll have more on that by Monday! In the mean time, here’s the breakdown of this project:
Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop‘s Hit The Hay Pajama Pants
Fabric: Wonder Woman themed flannel from Hancock Fabrics:
Total Cost $26.38