Drawstring Pajama Pants
Together we are going to make a simple pair of pajama pants.
This is one of my favorite patterns for beginner students. You will need the following:
Fabric, 1/2" elastic and thread.
The pattern calls for 2 3/4 yards to 2 7/8 yards depending on the size you are. I am a medium and I have wanted to use my Coco fabric for some time. The only problem I have had is that I can only find it in 1 yard lengths. I bought 2 packages of this fabric and my plan is to use the width of the fabric to make my pajama bottoms.
Coco is my favorite movie, it reminds me so much of my family. The love and caring of each other and the importance of family. I pressed my fabric flat and I am going to get started with my PJ's
Remember to always read the instructions that come with your pattern. You can follow it to a tee or you can make your modifications before you start.
Just like it do with all my patterns, I make a copy of the size I need with butcher paper/tracing paper. Pattern can be very expensive, if you are planning using this again and cut away all of the sizes, you might have to buy another pattern.
As you can see from this video, there are 5 sizes and I do not want to cut my pattern away just to get the medium size. I create an overlay of tracing paper.
I will be tracing everything that the medium size needs, including the waistline, crotch line, button hole marks, darts and any writing that pertains to the pattern. I like to store my pattern in a zip lock bag with a copy of the pattern cover, so that I can always go back to it.
Cut your pattern carefully, so that when you place it on your fabric, you are ready to pin and cut.
Now, I did not make a pattern for the drawstring, I did measure the width of the pattern and it was 1 5/8" in width, I kept a mental note so that when I got ready to cut, I would have the excess fabric to use. If I make these pants again, I may decide not to put the drawstring in. Remember it is your project and you can do what you want. If button holes are not your thing, then wait till it is your thing.
Before we start sewing I wanted to show you how to find your 5/8" seam mark on your sewing machine. This pattern calls for this size seam throughout. For the drawstring I used 3/8" seam, this is the edge of the fabric with the edge of my sewing foot.
Let's get started by pinning and cutting our pajama pants.
Pinning and sewing the crotch seams.
If you have a serger, you can edge your seams so that they will not fray.
Let's pin the legs together.
You now have your pieces put together and you need to make your drawstring. Remember I did not follow the pattern because I wanted to have a longer drawstring. I cut 2 strips of fabric of 1 5/8" width, sew it with a 3/8" seam, pressed and trimmed the seam and then I turned it inside out with a safety pin.
The next step is the waistband.
Lastly, we will be hemming our pant legs.
You have now finished your PJ's!
I am going to wear my PJ's now and I will either try to find a Coco T-shirt to go with my PJ's, or I might just make one. I need to look for a character I like to create a heat transfer vinyl to do an iron-on for a tee.
Next week, I am going to show you how to make fabric flowers and bows, to create hair bows, headbands and hair clips.
I do hope you enjoy making these PJ's, there are plenty of patterns on making pajama pants, remember it is your project and you can make any of the patterns, whether it is Butterick, McCall's, Vogue or what I used, Simplicity.