Need help with pajama bottoms
About six months ago, I made a pair of winter pj’s (long sleeves and long pants) out of polyester flannel-backed satin. The pants are just simple elastic-waist pull-ons, and I’m happy with the fit.
I started a pair of summer pj’s (short sleeves and shorts) with the same pattern and just finished the shorts. The shorts are not comfortable..they pull down in the back. I compared them with the original pants, and the only difference I can see is that the shorts have more elastic in the waistband — it looks like about 2 inches difference. Shortening the elastic seems couterintuitive — is it really that easy?
If you are saying that the width of the elastic in the summer pjs is 2 inches that would defenitely affect the fit of the pjs. if it is 2 inches longer it may be where the the waist band then lays on the body. Also have you washed the second pair and perhaps they shrunk. These are all things to think about.
The elastic is the same width....it's two inches longer. In other words, the waist circumference is 2 inches larger. It feels like the shorts are small too small -- they pull up in the front and down in the back. It seems odd that making the elastic longer would make the shorts feel tighter.
Is it the same elastic? Some elastics are more forgiving than others--I've found out the hard way! In pajamas or loungey-type pants, I now cut the elastic almost the size of my waist. I'd rather have some give, and given my pear-shaped figure, I know the pants won't make it past my hips and fall down!
It's probably not the same elastic. I'm starting to think that I imagined the whole thing now...the shorts don't feel as bad as they did on Sunday..
Believe me, we've all been there! First, it fits perfectly, then it's suddenly too big or small. Or, it looks like a wreck when you finish it, but when you pull it out of the back of the closet three weeks later, it's just fine. It takes some experience to learn to evaluate your sewing with any kind of objectivity.
So true, so true! Whenever I finish a garment for my tall, thin, gorgeous daughter, I'm thrilled with the results of my efforts, but when I finish one for my middle-aged self, I'm nearly always disappointed. Of course, when my daughter puts on a garment, it looks just like the pattern illustration; on me, it doesn't resemble the illustration at all. Fortunately for me, I have a beautiful model to sew for, and fortunately for her, I don't use up all my time sewing for myself!A sense of humor is essential to any sewing adventure, and I love CarolFresia's light-hearted responses--thanks for the continued inspiration!
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