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How to turn this:
I’m not good at just winging it when it comes to sewing clothing. I liked the little ruffley draw string waistband, so I picked this pattern. I did want contrasting fabric at the bottom, but not SO MUCH. I also wanted the waistband to contrast. When I cut out the pattern (2 pieces, seriously easy) I added 1″ straight up the top and 9″ straight off the bottom. You may need more or less on the bottom, depending on how long you need your pants to be. I drew the lines with a pencil right on to the fabric because my fabric marker is MIA.
I also chose to make my own drawstrings. You’ll need a 1.5″ X 60″ piece of fabric. Make sure you pin your pattern pieces close to the fold and then you can just rip the drawstring piece along the selvage edge. Fold in half the long way and press. Then, open it and fold in both long edges about 1/4″ and press, tuck in the short ends about 1/4″ and press, then fold and press on the center fold again. Edge stitch on the long edge.
I assembled the pattern according to the directions. Once I was through the waistband stitching (not elastic-ed or draw string-ed yet), I laid the pajamas flat and cut the tops off, about 1.5″ below the bottom stitching on the waistband. Then, I swapped waistbands and sewed them on to the other pair of pants, using a 1/2″ seam (1/2″ on the waistband + 1/2″ on the pants = the extra 1″ we added to the top of the pattern when we cut it out).
Follow the pattern directions for inserting the elastic and drawstring.
I tried the pants on the recipients at this point and marked where they needed to be hemmed. I cut 1.25″ below that and hemmed them according to the pattern directions. Then, I took the parts I cut off and cut a 3.25″ tube. I folded the raw edges in about 1/4″ on top and bottom and pressed. I put the tubes on the pants cuffs, up about 1/2″ from the hem, matching seams, and edgestitched them in place.
And one last shot featuring my lovely assistant…