The First Cut is the Deepest…
Apparently when I made myself some Pyjama bottoms (see link on my other blog) I said I would make my sons some. It was one of those throw away lines which I assumed no one was listening to. But no! They were listening and who would have thought it but both my sons (in their early 20s) have asked when I will be making them some winter PJ bottoms! At least its only the bottoms as they will wear T-shirts on the top.
Procrastination has gone on for a few months. The pattern, New Look 6321, was bought on-line and is about as simple as you can get. I spent ages surfing the net looking for checked cotton flannel which apparently isn’t that fashionable, if you want ditzy flowers you are spoilt for choice but checks forget it. It hard enough finding companies/fabric shops that do dress length rather than quilting fat quarters but checks forget it. Anyway, I finally tracked some down at Truro Fabrics, which my sons helpfully pointed out, we had walked past several times in June when we were on holiday. They have a sample service so I ordered a couple of samples and the boys choose the one. So not only do I have to make two pairs of PJ bottom but in the same fabric, at least they are the same size.
Two weeks ago I stopped making excuses and cut out the pattern pieces. I find this incredibly intimidating as I worry that I am cutting the wrong size and I have no confidence when it comes to altering patterns at all. Luckily men’s PJ bottoms have little shaping and so I went for the basic S size. The pattern and material have sat on the table for the last two weeks making me feel guilty. However, my youngest is home from University next weekend and I would love to be able to give him his PJ bottoms to take back with him to keep him warm in his drafty student house.
Tonight I have bitten the bullet, moved the coffee table back and tackled laying out the fabric and pattern. The material is checked and I have lined up a couple of key points on the cross of the pattern in a vain attempt to line up the pattern but I’m not too worried about it. I get very nervous about cutting the material out more so than the pattern, I love the fabric and dread that I am going to cut it wrong or some other disaster. I did plan to cut both PJ bottoms out this evening but it took me just over an hour to do the first pair and quite frankly crawling around the floor for that long is enough of a work out for me.
So the pieces are cut out and now I have to crack on and sew it up.