Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fooled ya this time!

Bet you didn't think I'd have my final Typography fabric project done for a long time yet, did you? Well, surprise! I even finished it already last night, but today I had to take photos and then get everything packaged up (which was interesting, due to the various sizes and shapes) and taken into town to mail to Jess, plus do the other things of daily life, so I'm just now getting around to showing you.

This was a very quick project. Probably the most time-consuming part of it was printing and cutting out and taping the pattern pieces together. It took 12 sheets of paper, which is much more than any bag project I've sewn! The cutting out of the fabric took 5 minutes at the most. The sewing was very quick also.

Soooo... here you have it - boxer pajama shorts (for Jess, not me)! 

They're made from a tutorial you can read about here and download free pattern pieces. If you decide to make some, be aware that you have to print the pattern pieces twice, thus the total of 12 pieces. The front and back pieces of the shorts are laid out one on top of the other. An alternative way of doing it would be to print and tape together one set, then just trace the smaller pattern piece off of it. I didn't think of that at the time. Duh.

The only part I did differently than what was suggested was the elastic. The tutorial calls for a casing with the elastic inserted inside, but I like to use "pajama elastic" and sew it right to the fabric on the inside. I think it's just a nicer finish, and you don't have to worry about the elastic rolling. You can see some of the inside of it in the top photo, and here's a closeup of how it looks on the outside.

Most men's pajama pants are made this way (aren't boxers, too? I confess I don't even know!), and I've made a number of them for Grandpa back in the old days when I was more ambitious and sewed garments for the whole family. Now they're just easier to buy. Bags are more fun to sew, and you don't have to worry about fit.

Speaking of fit, we won't know if these fit Jess properly or not until she receives them. If they're good (and maybe even if they're not), hopefully she'll model them and send a pic that I can show you later.

So that's it for my Typography big stuff. Now we just have to wait for the fabric to reach the stores sometime this fall! However, someone I know is working on another project with the entire Typography fabric line. Maybe I can show that to you when it's finished, or at least link you to it when the time comes.

NOW what am I gonna sew?! Ha. I have a list a mile long of things I want to make. And some Typography scraps left to play with. The question is "what should I do first?"


annie dee said...

HA! Wonderful! Who knew "Typography" would be perfect for boxer pj shorts! And who knew there was such a thing as "pj elastic!" I love them!

Grandma G said...

Thanks! Now YOU know! ;)

Geneviève Thiffault said...

That was a fast project! (faster than me commenting 3 days later to say the least haha) The pajama elastic seems like a great modification. It's certainly way more comfy.

Also, Melly Sews is really a great website for sewing tutorials! I've put some of those on my list of things to do/make. :D

And I would be interested in seeing that other project with the typography line! (the whole line? It must be quite a big project!)

Grandma G said...

I look forward to seeing what you make from Melly's site! :)

Yes, that other project was a big one! I've seen a pic of it - pretty awesome! Not quite finished yet, though, so you'll have to wait a bit.