I find being in my studio, whether alone, joined by the ever faithful Crystal, or joined by my sweet daughter, it is time well spent and goes a long way toward relieving the stresses of life. Do you find yourself feeling more relaxed after sewing for a bit?
Since it's the new year, I promised myself to get through the pile of mending cluttering up the studio. It consisted mostly of the hubby's dress shirts and pants. After that was all finished, I pulled out a remnant of plaid fleece that I had in the stash. The fleece is from Hancock's - one day not long ago I ran in for something else and spotted this on the $1.99 table. It's been pretty chilly here in FL (seriously) and I've been wanting to make us all some PJ pants. Simplicity 2317 was waiting in the queue, a perfect little match.
|Waistband rolled down twice.|
Simplicity 2317 consists of a traditional PJ set for men or women, a longer nightshirt, a tee shirt, and a cute misses' tank and shorts PJ set. A lot of options in one pattern (a 99 cent bargain!), and I can see myself making the nightshirt at some point.
For the pants, view C, I cut an XL, because these are supposed to be for the hubs. There's not much to say about these - they are your basic 2 piece pant pattern. I sewed the elastic to the inside top of the waistband using a zig-zag stitch (because I didn't feel like rethreading my serger), then turned down and zig-zag stitched it in place, of course stretching the elastic while sewing both steps. I have no idea what the instructions say to do - I didn't look at them, but I like this method, especially when the stitching won't show.
The pattern envelope states the pants are intended to be worn 2" blow the waist. I took an inch off the top of the waist after constructing the pants but before applying the elastic. Even with an inch removed, they are at my waist, and although I didn't measure my husband, he prefers to wear his PJ pants low. They are too big and too long for me, as they are intended for the hubs, but they are so very comfortable. I gave them a test run last night after they came out of the dryer, and wore them to bed. I will definitely be making this pattern again.
I think the last time I sewed for my husband, other than mending, it was many, many moons ago - perhaps in the late 80's? It feels good to have cleared out the mending he has been waiting so patiently for me to do, and to whip up a pair of PJ pants for him. I might even let him wear them. ;)
|Rolled down twice, the pants are now about 2 inches below my waist.|
|Rear view, waistband rolled. Isn't that one happenin' hairdo?|
|Waistband not rolled. When I make these for me, I will chop more off the top and taper in from hip to waist on both sides.|