|Background: In a sewing world sorely lacking in patterns for larger men, Simplicity issued a Big and Tall Men and Husky Boys' pajama pattern in its most recent pattern collection (Oct. 2013). I bought the pattern as soon as it came out, ecstatic to have a pattern for my Big and Tall husband that wouldn't require extensive pattern alterations. Big plus--the style is current as well!|
Pattern Description: From the Simplicity web site:
"husky boys and big and tall men. Pattern includes color block long sleeve knit top and drawstring pants or shorts with elastic waist. Pants can be knit or woven."
Both sets in one envelope:
Husky Boys: S-L
Big and Tall Men: 1XL - 5XL
I sewed DH's current RTW size in the pants and t-shirt. The pattern runs true to RTW sizing for larger men's pajamas. (Nice and roomy without being too big. Well, to me, the pants are too big, but DH likes his PJ pants to be large. The shirt fits nicely for pajamas.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the photo and line drawing are both accurate depictions.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern went together well, and other than a few quibbles that I had with the order of construction (repeat after me: It's easier to sew in-the-flat than in-the-round for many things...), the instructions were fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I liked the fact that it's specifically a Big and Tall pattern and is drafted for a man who is big AND tall. I didn't need to add any length to the shirt, which is unusual for me. (DH is 6'2".) On top of that, the pattern actually uses a fairly current trend with color-blocking/piecing. Love that the PJ pants have pockets, too.
For the pants, I used cotton flannel that I'd purchased from Fabric Mart's $3/yard sale last winter. For the shirt, I used coordinating cotton interlock that I'd had in my stash for years that I'd bought at fabric.com. (The interlock was purchased before I'd figured out how important lycra/recovery is in knit tops...but for a set of pajamas, I figured it really didn't matter.)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew this again and definitely recommend it to others.
I caught DH wearing the t-shirt out of the house the other day, so I think this one is a winner!
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