5 of 4 Patterns: Pajama Pants

It’s finally starting to feel like fall in St. Louis. It’s time for over-sized sweaters, warm drinks in big mugs, and flannel pajama pants! Pajama pants are the very first item I learned to sew with a sewing machine. The only class I ever took used Simplicity 1494 which  is not a great pattern. If you have to adjust a lounge pants pattern multiple times so it won’t fit like a circus tent, even after sizing down twice, there is a problem. I think the only review I ever saw of it was 1 star.

I mentioned in my last post that I agreed to teach a beginner sewing class next year and one of the classes will be for pajama pants. I was trying to decide what pattern to recommend for students to purchase when I stumbled across a FREE pajama pants pattern sized xxs-3xl from 5 out of 4 Patterns. I can just direct them to this page to get their own copy. I ran out and bought some stunning flannel cat fabric and whipped them up in a couple of hours. Whee!

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A lot can happen in a year!

I know this is a weird time for a “year-in-review”, but it was 1 year ago that I took the plunge and bought a used sewing machine, signed up for a sewing class, and started my sewing journey! I can’t tell you how much my life has changed since my Husqvarna Viking E10 has come into my life. (I still plan on making that nice camper cover by Rainbow Hare for it, but life got in the way!)

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It took me about 4 frustrating months to sew up the little lemon skirt, my first project outside of class. That could have been the end of things. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the class I took taught me how to use a sewing machine (YAY), but not how to read a pattern or pattern instructions (BOO). So I started reading everything I could about sewing. I checked in on some of my favorite blogs everyday, and it seemed like these people could whip up all sorts of fancy clothes in no time! What kind of sorcery were these people doing?

In March of this year I decided I would start my own little blog. That way I could comment and ask for advice from the online sewers I followed. My blog was just going to be a place for me to improve my writing, as I do a lot of writing at work, and keep myself on track for my sewing goals for the year. (By the way, my goal of 5 finished items seemed barely doable after my tussle with the 4-month skirt.)

THEN SOME AMAZING THINGS HAPPENED…

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Simplicity 1872: Bahama Blue Dress

We scheduled our engagement photos for October, hoping desperately that it would be cooler in St. Louis. Then came the panic of, “Oh my god, what am I going to wear?” I’m not short of clothing, but do I have anything engagement photo worthy? I decided I should try to sew up something in two weeks, and if it didn’t work I could throw on a RTW dress instead!

One of the places we wanted to have pictures taken is at the Record Exchange in St. Louis. It is a St. Louis institution. My Dad has taken me there since I was a kid and Ian loves to get records there. I’m not much of a record collector but I am always happy to find things for Ian to take home! The store has a very distinctive look. It was formerly a public library built in the 1960’s and it is about 9,500 square feet. I’m not kidding when I say almost every square foot is jam packed with records, cds, laser discs, receivers, record players and other things!

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