Hello sewing friends,
This weekend I attempted to sew some pyjama shorts. For the blue pair I used a pattern I found on the German Bernina blog (instructions are all in German). For the white pair I used a different free pattern I found online, however, I wasn't very happy with it so I won't put the link up for that one.
I did end up making some changes to the blue shorts pattern. Firstly I added an extra 3 cm at the top so that I wouldn't have to sew a waistband. Also I lowered the crotch level by 3 cm.
If you have ever wondered how to work out by how much to lower the crotch level for pants/shorts that don't fit right its quite easy:
- Firstly put on your pants and wear them at the height where you want them to sit
- Make a little mark with sticky tape or a pen as to where the waistband ends
- Now pull the shorts down to a level that feels comfortable
- Measure the distance between the previous mark and the new waistband level
- now you can lower the crotch on your front and back shorts/pants pattern by that amount, see photo example below:
I have to admit I made a major rookie error with the blue shorts: I DIDN'T flip the front and back pattern pieces after cutting one of each. This meant I ended up with a front piece with the pattern and one without and the same for the back. Since I didn't have any more of this fabric I couldn't re-cut another 2 pieces. However, I did actually quite like the mismatch in the end and since they are pyjama shorts it really doesn't matter that much ;)
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