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|Kwik Sew: 2257 (Men's Pajama Shorts/Pants) - Type:Sleepwear|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||7/22/13 11:33 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $10.99 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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From the pattern envelope:
PATTERN 2257 MEN'S PAJAMA PANTS & SHORTS
DESIGNED FOR LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT WOVEN FABRICS
Suggested Fabrics: Cotton, cotton types, broadcloth, chambray, flannelette
Men's pull-on pajama pants and shorts have fly opening, elastic in casing at waist and drawstring. Fly has optional button closing.
S-M-L-XL-XXL with waist measurements ranging from 28-30 inches (71-76 cm) for S and 44-46 inches (111-116 cm) for XXL.
I used an M sized at the waist for 32-34 inches (81-86 cm).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Three has been some discussion in previous reviews about the possibility of sewing the fly opening shut when you topstitch as indicated in the second paragraph of Step 4. If you stitch exactly as shown, you will sew the opening shut. What you should remember is the long vertical length of topstitching shown at the fly opening was already done in Steps 2 and 3. In Step 4 you will be topstitching at the base of the fly opening and the topstitching will outline a triangle. Later Kwik Sew patterns of this ilk will more precisely indicate what is to be done either by highlighting the triangular area in a thicker, bolder line or by using a different color of ink (red, as I recall).
Bottom line: don't sew the fly shut! (Well, unless you want to, of course. Some people prefer just a mock fly and no actual opening.)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern is highly recommended from some PatternReview heavyweights whose opinions I have valued over the years--that's always a like.
I like the ease of everything going together very well. The pieces are drafted well and the instructions and diagrams make most things clear.
The leg width on the PJ bottoms is full enough to be comfortable but it is not overly wide.
100% mid-weight quilting cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a 4-channel sports elastic and topstitched in 3 of the channels. I threaded through a shoe lace for the drawstring. Because of the type of elastic I used I did not follow Kwik Sew's directions for this step.
I folded out 1 inch from hip to hip in front and back patterns. I also shortened the casing area of the pj bottoms because of the type of elastic I used since I did not need to create a casing for elastic.
I also sewed a buttonhole in the PJ fronts for the drawstring at a very early stage.
Another thing I did very early on is to sew the side seams together so I would have easy access to them to create a faux flat-felled seam. This is created by stitching the seam, serging the seam allowances together, pressing to the back and then topstitching on the back leg piece about 1/8 inch from the seam. (Note that I did a lot more pressing that indicated in this description.) I sewed the side seams before the inseams or the crotch seams. I'm getting to know my way around PJ bottoms so sewing out of order is something I can sometimes get away with.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I'm sure there are other Kwik Sew Men's Pajama bottoms/shorts patterns out there that are just as good, and maybe have pockets, but if you have this pattern give it a try. The other reviewers also seemed very happy with it.
This is a very useful Kwik Sew pattern from 1993 (MCMXCIII). The pattern is 20 years old this year (Happy Birthday, 2257!) and it's still able to turn out great PJ bottoms. That is pretty impressive.
This is my 13th entry in Fabric Stash Contest 2013.
The yardage for a size M is 2 5/8 yards.
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