I was able to squeeze in some sewing time last week at my friend Kate's house to make this pair of pajama pants!
Kate is an accomplished sewer, even though she probably wouldn't cop to it. She makes clothes for her kids. Like so-meticulously-crafted-you'd-never-guess-they're-handmade outfits. She's really talented!
Kate was kind enough to walk me through the steps--particularly how to sew the crotch together, which I simply couldn't wrap my head around at first--and ignore my occasional whining. :)
In the end, we had a great afternoon hanging out in her "fortress of sewitude" while the kids played, and I emerged with the basic knowledge to make pajama pants.
And O-M-G are they like heaven to wear. So soft. So comfy. A perfect fit. I don't want to put on real clothes in the mornings now because I could easily wear these pants all day and night long!
If you want to make your own pajama pants, visit this tutorial from DIY Fashion for some excellent diagrams on how to cut your fabric and piece it together. And if you're like me and need to actually see something being made to understand its construction, watch this YouTube video tutorial.
(Of course, it only occurred to me after taking up part of Kate's afternoon to check YouTube for pants-making video tutorials...story of how my brain works.)
Also, here's a tip (courtesy of Kate) for cleaning up hems and seams without having to double-over the fabric or using a serger: sew the seams/hems, then simply cut the excess fabric with pinking shears. I did that to the waistband after sewing the casing for the elastic, the crotch seam, and the hems on the legs. It really cleans up the pants on the inside and prevents the fabric from fraying excessively.
Sewing a tag onto the inside back of the waistband is also handy to know which way is front. (That's another tip from Kate, by the way.)
Anyway, I love having a pair of flannel pants that fit so comfortably and aren't high-water sweatpants --which is what my 5'8" self has been wearing so far this winter!
Plus, I have to say, I'm pretty stinking proud of myself for sewing an actual pair of pants. Shoot, if I can sew pants, there's nothing stopping me from a skirt! Or who knows what else? :P And let me assure you, if I can sew a pair of PJs, you can do it, too.
Have a lovely week,