pj bottoms

serginggreyloungepants  Here’s a quick series of shots for a pattern I whipped up super quick.  These pants each only took about

1 hour to make, start to finish.  The biggest issue is that the stretchy knit fabric wanted to curl, making it hard to really judge the width of fabric I was cutting off with the serger.  There’s probably not much I could do to avoid that…buy different fabric, add some seam binding? Ah but I’m fairly lazy.

To the left here is me serging the seams of the grey knit fabric.  It’s lighter weight than the lizards.  And significantly softer.  But wow aren’t the lizards adorable?  And how cute is lizard lounge pants (get it, lounge lizard?) Heheh.

Anyway, I used the pattern I’d previously made, Simplicity 1622.  I cut a size 28, as that is what my measurements lined up to.  I have to say, these are huge.  First, I made them significantly longer, as the previous attempts, the fabric shrunk (yep, I prewashed), and I ended up with what looked like the illegitimate child of culottes and capris.  Meh, I wear them to bed, who cares, right?  They were not mean for wearing outside anyway.

 

lizardfabric Here’s the lizard fabric up close.  I bought it at Fabric.com,  and they just got some back in stock.  Oh it says juvenile. He he. Ok some of us don’t act our ages. 😀

lizardpantsAnd here they are almost finished.  I still needed to put in the elastic and hem the legs.

 

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See how much I overcompensated for the shrinkage?

 

greyloungepantsAnd here are the grey ones with the hemming yet to be done.  So more about the fit.  I am going to take four inches off the stomach area.  Ok, maybe three and we’ll see if more needs to be done.  The pattern assumes I’m as big in the front as the rear, which isn’t the case.  I’m a pear – shape, with most of that in the backside.  I can literally pull the pants up to under my chest, and have the crotch not pulling at all.  Which brings me to the other complaint.  The crotch is way too low.  Now, in reading “Sewing for Plus Sizes,” by Barbara Deckert (reviewed here), she specifically says that so much “crotch drop” might be disarming after wearing jeans and more fitted yoga type pants. Very much so.  I’m not comfortable with the crotch so low. And I don’t think it’s more attractive in this particular pattern. I think it’s that the crotch length is too long and I should adjust for it in the pattern next time.