Continuing on with the pjs.
One thing I forgot to mention last week. After you shorten the legs of the pattern, you must check that the length from the crotch to the hem is the same on the front and back.
Now that the pattern is cut out and marked, it's time to sew.
These pyjamas have a drawstring waistband with ties and elastic. They need buttonholes for the ties. I used to shy away from buttonholes until I got this sewing machine. It produces a great buttonhole in one step. When you are looking for a new machine, take your own fabric to the store and test drive the buttonhole feature.
Before sewing the buttonhole, you need to iron on a piece of interfacing to the back of the fabric. Mark the buttonhole placement,
Test your buttonhole on a scrap first. You may need to adjust tension, stitch balance, or length.
|Buttonhole cutting tools include fray check, small sharp scissors, buttonhole cutter.|
I use a buttonhole cutter. It is sharp and easy to use. Just line it up and stab.
There are a couple of ways to construct the pants but in general I like to make each leg first. Sew a front and a back together. I stitched with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and serged the seams. Press all seams to the back. For the pants, I chose to make a separate cuff so I constructed it as well. I wanted to add piping to the seam joining the cuff to the leg.
Change the foot on your machine to a zipper foot. The sliding adjustable ones work best. Lower your needle and slide the foot against it.
Press the piping first to get rid of the package folds, then pin to the seam keeping it smooth. I like to pin horizontally not vertically. allow a 2 -3 inch overlap and cut off excess. My pattern has a 1/4 inch seam allowance and the piping has 3/8 inch. I called it even as I didn't think 1/8 inch would throw off my length. Take this cuff to the machine. Start 2 inches from the beginning and lower your needle first into the fabric. Check that it matches the piping stitching exactly. If not try again. When the needle is in the correct spot, lower the pressure foot. Stitch to 3 inches from the end.
Open up the end of the piping with a stitch ripper and trim the cord at the pin. Fold back the piping fabric at a 45 degree angle. Finger press. Meet the cord edges together and cover the beginning with the folded fabric from the end. Sorry I took photos of each step but they were super blurry. Continue stitching until you are past were you started.
The stop and start points should blend together.
Sew the upper pant leg to the cuff along the same stitching line. Serge or finish the seam allowance and press down.
To form the casing I serged the raw edge of the waist. folded and pressed down 1 and 1/4 inches. I edge stitched around the top about 1/8 inch from the fold. Open up the casing and place the elastic up against the stitching. Attach the elastic to the side seams.
Carefully stitch the casing closed making sure not to catch the elastic or ties. Stretch the elastic as you sew to keep every thing smooth and flat.
Instead of making ties I used a ribbon.
The hem is a double 1 inch hem topstitched.
I have asked my daughter for a photo shoot and she will try to fit into her busy schedule. In the meantime she is wearing the shorts and sleeping. I couldn't wait any long to post.
I hope you found this interesting or helpful. Please let me know if I should keep doing this kind of a post.
Thanks for dropping by.