Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thermal Pajama Set

Don't you hate it when a garment starts off in one direction, then ends up somewhere totally different (in a bad way)? That's what happened when I tried New Look 6216:

Being a New Look pattern, I debated long and hard before spending my hard-earned $3 on it (did you know they're $2.99 at Wal-Mart?), but it fit my general pattern deal-breakers: 1) I would make more than one view on the envelope 2) I would actually wear the finished product. It also had kimono sleeves (OBSESSED MUCH?) so I could see myself sewing it frequently because it would be so speedy.

Whomp whomp. This was a lot cuter in my head. The fabric is a mystery thermal knit that I got at Wal-Mart for a crazy-low price. The quality of the fabric is not bad, but this is a size 8 (the smallest size in the envelope) and it's huge. Like, 5" of ease (which I REALLY need to start checking BEFORE I sew) Something about a slouchy thermal knit says "homeless" instead of "purposefully oversized".

I added some contrast thermal knit (leftover from these jammies for AB) on the pocket and the sleeve cuffs. I thought it would be cute, but instead it's kind of dumb and juvenile in a bad way. I didn't even bother to hem the shirt.

Believe it or not, I intended to wear this shirt out in the real world. Only when it was finished did I realize that it had to become pajamas instead. Since I had a bunch of the fabric leftover, I went ahead and made some shorts to complete the set.

I used Simplicity 1879 as a base for the shorts (like I did with my knit culottes), adding a little over 2" to the tops of the pattern pieces to make a 1" waistband. I used my serger on the shorts and even serged the elastic before turning down the waistband and topstitching. This was my first time serging elastic and it went pretty well (just remember to disengage/remove your cutting knife!).

I used my 3-step zig-zag stitch to sew down the waistband. Still in love with that stitch. I'd like to say I used teal thread on purpose...but it just happened to be on my machine.

I DID add this charm on purpose, as a tag in the shorts. Isn't it cute? I got a bag of them at Jo-Ann's (they're in the jewelry making section) and they're fun to add into AB's clothes. And, I guess, mine! Hey, I can sew with love for myself, right??

I don't know if I'm going to make this pattern again. A more stable fabric would probably work better, but I feel like I need to grade the entire pattern down 2 sizes. Le sigh. Anyone else had a pattern derailment recently?

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