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|Butterick: 3656 OOP - Type:Sleepwear|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||7/30/13 10:32 PM |
|Last Updated:||7/31/13 2:57 AM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular Petite |
|Pattern Photo:|| Butterick Pattern Info|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton Blend [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Misses' robe, nightgown, top and pants. Very loose-fitting nightgown has yokes and long sleeves with elastic. Very loose-fitting top or robe has button closing and long sleeves with elastic. Tapered pants have elastic waist and side-seam pockets -- a rare feature of pyjama pants.
I made view C, the pyjama top, and view E, the pyjama pants.
Sizes XS to XL; multisized. I cut the top in size L and the pants in size XL because an excessively loose-fitting pyjama top does not keep you warm, yet extra ease is often welcome in pyjama pants.
The resulting fit is excellent (click here).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Somewhat. The collar is still a bit stiff because of the interfacing I used, and I changed the sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, except for having to sift through steps for different versions to find the relevant part.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the soft, romantic look and the fact that the front buttons right up to the neck. Sleepwear with a gappy neck does not keep you warm in winter.
I disliked the naff, girly look of the Peter Pan collar but decided to live with it.
An 80-20 blend of cotton and wool purchased from Fashion Fabrics Club four years ago. It is loosely woven and frays horribly.
The colours are frankly nauseating: burnt orange and dark teal with dull purple (click here). This is another project I would enter in a Hideous Fabric contest if PR were running one. Since buying this fabric I have acquired similar but nicer fabric and have considered discarding this piece. Yet it is too good to waste, and the stash competition has given me the impetus to run it up.
These pyjamas have consumed 5 yards of an in-between width (140cm/54in wide, as I recall).
The buttons are four-hole ivory plastic, received as a bonus from an Etsy pattern seller.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* Added lace to the cuffs.
These pyjamas seemed to be a good vehicle for some lace I bought at a handcraft cooperative in Sri Lanka. The lace did not want to sit flat when pinned to the collar so I added it to the sleeves. I trimmed the sleeves by 3cm (to compensate for the extra length added by the wide lace), finished the raw edge and attached the lace just below the elastic. I am pleased with the result (click here).
* Added more buttons.
The top has only four, which seems too few and likely to gape. I used six, closely spaced.
Next time I would also add 2cm length to the legs as they are a tad short.
Would you sew it again?
Possibly. I am more likely to repeat the pants than the top because these would be good, harem-style pants for wearing with a long-line shirt. Having pockets is an asset. Even when adding something as simple as on-seam pockets I like to be spoonfed by a pattern rather than having to figure things out for myself.
Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. These pyjamas are not difficult to make, and a keen beginner could cope.
This pattern was published in 2002 and is now out of print, but copies may be found on the net.
A spiffing pattern. Go for it.
Click here for the photo gallery.
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