Sunday, January 18, 2015

Foxy Lady

We are renovating our basement... for the last three/four years. sigh. It's almost done. In anticipation of packing up my sewing area to ready for painting and carpet installation—which I'm sure will take at least a month because we are champions of procrastination—I've been trying to sew from my stash and actually make some of the projects that have been staring me in the face for the last I don't know how long just so I won't have to pack up as much crap. This post is not about one of those. ;-P

There was a sale at Fabricland this weekend and I haven't been there since maybe the beginning of December if not earlier. $4/metre flannel was too good of an excuse and I didn't receive my full quota of pj pants this Christmas so there you go.

I picked this cute fox fabric similar here—which is incidentally also the favourite of Taran (hi sewing buddy)—and took it home with the intention of sewing it up before the weekend was over so it wouldn't sit all packed away for at least another month.

I'm happy to say that it's mission accomplished.

I picked Simplicity 2262 from a short stack of elasticized waistband pants from my stash. This one won out because the technical drawing looked like it had a lower rise which I can't do without on pants (I think I have a tilted pelvis (maybe) which results in normal rise pants feeling like they are on backwards – anyone else have this issue?)

The only pattern/instruction changes I made were:
• lower the front rise another 1 1/8" (tapering to nothing at the side seam)
• added cuffs with flat piping (bias binding)
• folded over a wider casing at waist to acommodate drawstring/elastic and the elastic is anchored at the side seams
• sewed, serged and flat felled all seams

These pants sewed up a smidge short for my liking (but accurate to the envelope photo) and I'd rather have my pjs a little longer especially when they are made out of flannel which will inevitably shrink even though I pre-shrunk.

Ugh! sorry for the terrible pics. I've yet to figure out how to take decent blog photos obviously.

This pattern was easy to sew and would have been even faster if I would have just stuck to the instructions but who does that?
Looking at the picture, the back fits surprisingly well. I will most definitely make these again when new pjs are needed.

After finishing these I was wondering... do these count for Jungle January?

After wearing these a couple of nights, in future, I'll choose one size smaller. My measurements fell on the small side of Medium and the large side of small. There is more than enough room here so if you have the same issue, I'd go down a size.


  1. Wow flat felled pj bottoms--I'm impressed!!!
    Super cute print!!

    1. Thanks Kyle! I meant to comment on your latest sweater Renfrew. It's great!

  2. Aw! Cute PJ's!

    I have no idea if I actually do have a tilted pelvis or not, but I do understand the feeling you described. I always figured it was because I have this thing attached to my backside--it's just so round and so out there, Becky*. ;-) Add in my complete and total lack of waist definition and you have a jeans fitting nightmare.

    *Now you've got the song stuck in your head, ha! :-P