Fabric Selection and Pattern Assembly
My inaugural project will be Simplicity 3669 - a nice, simple pajama pattern.
I will be making D and E (short-sleeved shirt and trousers) and A (tank top). I might also make a pair of shorts if enough fabric is left over.
I am using a printable pattern as it costs a fortune to send the paper version from the US. It was a little surprising to find that the whole pattern (including instructions) requires an incredible 66 A4 pages. I can almost hear the deforestation from here.
So here is a picture of the fabric I plan to use:
I found some super-cute animal print double gauze fabric online and just had to buy it because it has pink elephants on it! My daughter is almost 3 and she loves elephants (except she calls them zo-san). The coordinating fabric is some pink knit material I had in my stash.
***Fun fact: There is a children's song in Japan about an elephant called Zo-san. The lyrics go:
You have a long trunk,
So does your mother.
Apparently, it was written by the Japanese version of Captain Obvious.
***So, once you have glued your sheets of copy paper together, you get something like this:
It's like a copy paper quilt! You have to line up the little squares so that they are next to each other (don't overlap them - found that one out the hard way.) I prefer to use squeezy liquid glue as it is more forgiving than a glue stick. Even so, things can get decidedly wonky after page 20 or so. Once the gluing is finished, you have a couple of enormous poster-sized sheets. Now to utilise those handy paper-cutting skills I learned in kindergarten.
Several hours and a suspected case of RSI later, we have our pattern pieces! Hooray!
Just a word of warning to those considering using the printable pattern - this version creates a lot of waste paper. At least a third of the paper I used had to be thrown away. If you can, use copy paper that has already been printed on one side.