Yesterday, I watched Ellen March, host of Sew It All on PBS, on the Marie Osmond show on the Hallmark Channel. I enjoy Sew It All and record it every week because here it is on at 7am on Saturday – there is no way I am getting up to watch it on my day to sleep in! Ellen was there showing how to make pajama pants, and I have mentioned in the past how I really want to make some warm pajama pants – I am always cold. She was using fleece, and that made me remember the day I was in Walmart and I turned the corner of an aisle and this stared me in the face-
Orange – oh, how I love orange! Next to purple, it is the best color out there! I bought three yards of this, without a clue as to what I would do with it! How perfect is this for pajama pants? I don’t care if I look like a huge traffic cone stumbling down the stairs in the morning – no one but my family would see me, and they usually know to get out of my way when I first wake up anyway!
So I threw the fleece into the washer and set about trying to make some space to cut it. The table I normally cut on is small- 32” x 23” – it was originally a craft table for kids. My 3’ x 2’ cutting mat hangs over the edge and I always have to be careful when I’m using the rotary cutter because it can fall off. So brilliant me just figured out that I can move a sewing machine off of the buffet table I got not too long ago, put it on the craft table, and move the cutting mat over there, and I can cut anything big or little without too much trouble! First, I had to move a few things out of my way, though –
Geez, give them an inch and they will take up more room than my 6 year old granddaughter, and in the middle, of course! I have to constantly push them out of the middle of the bed at night!
I did use a pattern for these pants – a Learn to Sew, Simplicity 2290. This pattern has only one piece – there are no outer side seams, just inseams and the front to back seam. I used the largest size because I wanted something very roomy and comfortable. It was a golden opportunity to use the serger for the first time since I had it serviced. Here is how the inseams look-
There isn’t really much to show about the construction of these pants. First I sewed the inseam of each leg, turned one right side out and inserted it into the other, then sewed the front to back seam. For the waistband, I went around it with the serger, then just folded it over 1 ½” once and zig-zagged it with the regular sewing machine, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. (Aesthetics were not a priority – I just wanted something big and comfy.) 1” woven elastic in, sewed the opening shut and that was pretty much it. I didn’t even hem the bottoms – it’s not going to fray, so I’m okay with it! And this is how they turned out –
They don't look like much, but big and baggy, they are just like the best pajama pants I have ever bought in any store! All in about 45 minutes – I had to keep stopping to check on what Harry was doing.
I am so impressed with my traffic cone pants, I may have to make more. Fun and functional!