Here’s my pattern review for Simplicity 3584.
Pattern Description: Toddler’s Pajamas and Robe. I made View C, the flannel pjs.
Pattern Sizing: 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4. I used the size 3. The fit was ok. The pj top could have been longer by an inch or two and the pants were too long. The hazards of making presents and not being able to fit as you go because they are a surprise.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no. I didn’t use the button placement markings that came with the pattern. Instead I used an existing flannel pj top my son had to mark the button placement and I like it better.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great. As I have mentioned recently, I am really getting the hang of reading pattern directions now that I am two years into my sewing odyssey. Again, I warn all sewists no matter how advanced you are, that careful reading always pays off. They pack a lot of directions into one or two sentences at a time. So it’s easy to miss something if you’ve never attempted a collar before. Even with my own careful reading, I made a mistake in how I finished the collar requiring me to make and add bias tape out of self fabric to the interior finish of the collar.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how simple the pattern is essentially for a button down pj with collar. That being said though, it’s still a bit fussy to make, especially if you’re under the time constraints of making an Xmas gift. I am not sure that not having a collar stand made this easier or not to sew. I think the end result is not as nice without the stand, but perfectly fine for pj’s and I doubt a non-sewist would notice the difference at all. The measurements for the waist elastic are way off. You will need to use your recipient’s waist measurement to approximate the length. And even then, my elastic was still a little loose. Also, the facings were too long at the top. They overshot the shoulder seam entirely, so I had to catch stitch them to the back of the pj shirt (see picture above and below). Next time, I will check to make sure they line up to the shoulder seam so that I have something to which to catch stitch them.
Any difficulties encountered? Any difficulties encountered were completely self-inflicted (see note about collar above). This is a basic pattern. The only bell & whistle is the pocket (which I placed by lining up the plaid and not using the pattern markings).
Fabric Used: A gorgeous flannel which had a great hand, was soft and fluffy, nice and thick, and easy with which to work. I bought it from Fabric.com in November but it has long since sold out. Sorry! If I can, I will buy more of it for next year’s pj’s.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only design change I made was the button placement which I mentioned earlier on. Construction changes were how I finished the interior construction. I made sure to serge all exposed seams for a nice clean finish. It looks so nice on the inside.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew it again, making the fit changes mentioned above and being more careful with plaid/stripe matching (my two fronts don’t match up but the side seams do). It makes such a cute jammie for kids. I do recommend it for any sewist. Beginner’s might find it a long and involved project though, but not out of reach skill-wise. I think, from tracing out the pattern to inserting the elastic on the pants, it took me about 10-12 hours to complete this. I know I’m slow, but still, that’s a long project for just one Christmas gift. But don’t say I didn’t warn you when you embark on this pattern.
Conclusion: Super cute jammies! I am very proud of this project.