Karen, the funny and talented lady behind the popular Did you make that? blog, announced last month that she would be hosting another pyjama party this year. Cooincidentally, the wonderfully talented Sewaholic released her Tofino pyjama pants pattern this spring. Even before I knew of the pyjama party, I snapped up the Tofino pattern, as comfy pyjama/lounging pants are always something I can use. Many patterns don’t fit quite right on me, mainly because their rise and my rise are not the same. I had high hopes for the Tofino, based on tester and earlier sewers reports.
However, I took my sweet time in making them up for the Pyjama Party, knowing that every week makes a big difference in my waist size. At 5 months pregnant, I wasn’t even sure I’d fit in them when I finished them. I sewed on, using the largest size provided in the pattern and using up the oldest piece of fabric in my stash. I didn’t want to go out and buy new fabric for this make, since I wasn’t sure how they would fit a pregnant, inflated pear shape.
I looked at the fabric selvedge when preparing it for cutting and saw that it was from the Alexander Henry collection in 1999. I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy it then, but it could very well have been 2000 or 2001 when I purchased it. ^_^;; I did use a length of the fabric for curtains when we lived in Texas, but it’s been sitting in my stash since we moved to Portland six years ago. It’s not a very, um, subtle pattern, so I didn’t have any idea what to use it for. However, with pyjama pants, it almost really doesn’t matter how loud and obnoxious they are, since only hubby and I will be seeing them.
I opted to do without the trim on the side panels, as the fabric was busy enough itself. I also opted out of the fabric tie waist, and just went with some buttonhole elastic, to allow me to expand their current length of use (hopefully).
Overall, I am in love with this pattern!! I can’t wait to make a pair (post-pregnancy) in flannel for the long Portland winters. The fit is great, even with my inflated pear shape; these don’t gape in the back at all. The only surprise I had was the cuffs on the legs. I guess I must not have read the pattern correctly or something, but I ended up with 4″ (10cm) cuffs on mine. Perhaps it’s because I had to size up a bit to accommodate my belly and thighs? In any case, that’s more my mistake for not measuring properly beforehand. Overall, LOVE for these pants!
Thanks, Tasia, for such a great pattern. And thanks, Karen, for motivating me to make them through your Pyjama Party!
Stash pieces used in this make: 1
Stashbusting goal: Use 16 pieces in 2013
Stashbusting progress: 26 pieces used to date