Thursday, May 23, 2013

Simplicity 3669 - Pajamas - Part 1

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:

Just look at the kids in that picture. They look pretty happy with their choice of sleepwear, don't they?  I want my kid to look like that.  Yeah.

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:
Elephant, elephant,
You have a long trunk,
Oh yeah,
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.

Next up: we cut!

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