The next place on my wardrobe needing a replacement is pajamas and since we’re still in the midst of winter, I made up some winter pajamas despite my overall plan to be working on spring pieces. I choose two patterns from my stash (as a continuing goal to test out my existing patterns) Butterick 5150, a hand me down pattern and SBCC’s Tonic 2 Tee which I’ve used before here and here.
As I was finishing up these pajama pants, so many funny thoughts came to mind for a project title: Frumpsville, Don’t wear THIS, Shame Sewing, Giant Plum Bum, I’m bringing frumpy back. The overall theme is FITTING FAIL.
But I’m still going to share about it in all its purple horror.
First Butterick 5150 view F. Well the construction is simple enough. I did shorten the rise and took off about 3in in length. While this pattern may work with more fitting and in a different fabric, the overall fit plus the bulky fleece equals a FAIL.
Now for the top, SBCC Tonic 2 Tee. I made a size up, medium, to account for minimal stretch in the fleece. The medium worked out pretty well, though I like my sleeves a little longer. I simply folded over the neckline and top stitched instead of inserting a neckband.
After my first photos of the pants I decided to slim down the inseam by serging a new seam about 1 inch over. I think this has helped a bit. But still.
I bought a light gray fleece at the same time with the plan to make two sets and mix and match them. I’m so glad I decided to do a test run first. I’ll figure something out for the gray fleece and hatch a new plan for more warm pajamas next fall.
Well I did get a decent top out of the project and I’ll be honest, I’ll probably pull these pants out on the cold days. I also met my Sew Your Pattern Stash goal for this month a few times over, see here, here and here.
If you should chose to make the pants, it should take about 1.25 hours
The SBCC Tonic 2 tee should take about 1.25 hours
3 thoughts on “Frumpsville: pajama fail”
I cannot count how many times I’ve missed someone at the door while scrambling to look like I wasn’t in my pjs at 11am.
When it was cold and snow stormy last week, I was sporting this warm and comfy getup.
I like the “bringing frumpy back!” I shall use that myself. They both look very comfortable and I love how the top turned out – but its true when I make things that I find myself not wanting to open the door for the mailman in the bottoms, I feel it’s not a win.