EDIT: I have updated this review to include the 3 new items I've made from this pattern.
1st: I've altered the pattern to make pj pants with elastic waist and drawstring: I took the shorts front and back pattern pieces and measured out T's inseam +1 inch from the crotch point of each piece (front and back). Then I extended the legs down to this measurement. It wasn't hard at all. I also added the waistband to the top of each pattern piece instead of having it a separate waistband. I eliminated the mock fly.
Next I sewed them the same as I would for the shorts. I added buttonholes 1 1/4 inches down from the waistband on each side on the front for the drawstring to come out. I folded the fabric 1/4 down and pressed (on the waistband) and then attached the elastic in the round with a zigzag stitch. Next I flipped the waistband down and sewed with a straight stitch all the way around creating the elastic waistband and the casing for the drawstring all in one. I made bias strips and used my 1" clover bias tape maker to make the drawstring (sewing down each side when finished). After all this I fed the drawstring through the elastic casing on the pants and hemmed the legs.
I also added a little pocket to the back of these.
Overall sewing time was probably 45 min. I was very happy to use up this fabric in my stash.
Fabric: This project took the full 2 yards I had. It is Pet Park Blue Hamsters Having Fun by Caleb Gray Studio for Robert Kaufman Designs. I picked it up in 2012 for $6.10/yard so total cost was $12.20.
2nd: I also made Flannel space pj shorts. I added the waistband to the front and back pieces because I didn't want a separate band. I eliminated the mock fly also.
I sewed these up in 1/2 hour. I used the same waistband elastic method as I did for the pants: Fold down fabric 1/4 inch on waistband; attach elastic in the round with a zigzag stitch; fold it over again and this time I zigzag stitched the waistband part.
This was a fabric that has long sat in my stash.
Fabric: 1.5 yards of flannel purchased at Hancock's long ago. I don't even know how much I paid sadly.
And of course I made them originally as below in a blue gingham Thanks!
Pattern Description: #37 "Green Check" shorts from the 6/2011 issue. These sleep shorts are really cute and have a mock fly. They are longer in length, too.
Pattern Sizing: 128-170 cm (I made a size 140 for my 10 year old; he wears a size 10 in RTW. He measured as an almost 146 but I chose to do the smaller size)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did! Both pairs looked great! He loves the longer length.
Were the instructions easy to follow?I'm a pictures kind of gal so I struggled with directions that were just words. Read, look at fabric, re-read, sigh. The mock fly part was fun and made my eyes cross, until I realized what they were asking me to do. It was a light bulb moment (Like Gru on Despicable Me). Once I took my time and visualized what the instructions were asking it was easy to sew them up.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how the style looks almost "store bought." These are much better in my opinion than the patterns from the big 4. I can never find cool enough boy clothes for Mr. T in the big 4 so I took a chance on Ottobre and won! I like the mock fly and the length. I wish there were pictures to help me along the way.
Fabric Used: Woven 1/4 Gingham Royal Blue from Fabric.com (I picked this up March 2012). When I picked them up they were $2.87/yard with my coupon for 15% off; so I made these shorts for less than $3! I had only 1 yard and it was just a tad too small. I had to have one back leg panel sideways and not following the same grain as the others. In the future I will know I need 1 1/2 to 2 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did have an incident where my pinking shears got away from me on the right fly and made a hole in the crotch; however, the left side flap covered the hole so I decided to stitch up that side (I know I ruined the "mock" fly part - but at least I salvaged the shorts).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I did! The first pair I sewed HERE and I sewed this pattern again 5 days later as seen HERE
Conclusion: I love these. They are easy and look cute. Mr. T loves how comfy they are.