I bought some pretty yarn from Knit Picks during the Black Friday sale and when it came in a hank, I had a mini freak out. You see, I have a ball winder but no swift and the last hank of yarn I got, I tried to wind it alone and it has been a tangled mess for oh...like 6 months.
But my husband said, no problem! Within the hour, the yarn was wound along with nearly all the rest of my sock yarn! YAY!!!!!
I now see the benefit of winding center pull skeins and oh yes, any skein of yarn that comes in this house will become a center pull ball!
I also finished my test knit and I don't love it. I am going to keep looking at it and try to love it. Otherwise, there'll be a giveaway here!
I LOVE the "metal" buttons though. I kept the card; I have to get more of those. I can see them on some cool jacket/blazer.
This was my first impression:
This is the photo I posted on the test page:
(totally not convinced)
I have finished a project! :-O
Papa's pajamas are done! Okay, I need a drawstring (the store-bought twill tape was like a half a step above ribbon), but the sewing is done!
McCall's 4244 is a men's pajama/robe pattern.
REALLY big pockets!
Serged and turned up 1 1/4" and sewed a 1" hem. I left it simple in case my mom needs to shorten or lengthen them for him.
Buttonholes for the drawstring to feed through.
((I think I want to add a second row of stitching at the waistband. A small detail but...))
Belted robe has shawl collar, front pockets and raglan sleeves; top has long or short sleeves, front button closure, pocket on left side and side slits; pull-on pants or shorts have side seam pockets, casing and drawstring waist.
S-XXL, I made a Medium
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions stink.
Ok, the instructions are really basic. I get that PJ's are fairly easy and are often chosen by beginners. BUT I think there are easy techniques that could've been included that would make a better finished product-- like under stitching the pockets. There's no reason not to instruct the sewer to under stitch and it makes a HUGE difference in having pockets that won't flop out.
Also, they had you leave an opening for the drawstring to go through at the center front seam rather than make buttonholes. Okay, even if you weren't going to put buttonholes because it might "scare" a beginner, you could at least instruct the sewer to interface the front area. Bleh.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the fit (I tried them on). I was worried the legs would be too wide but they aren't.
I *love* the huge side seam pockets.
100% cotton chambray from Fabric Mart.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 3" to the length. My dad is only 5'11 but has really long legs. I also didn't turn over the hem, I just serged and stitched. My mom sews (but not many garments) so I figured if she needs to let down or take up the hem it'll be easier this way. My parents live hundreds of miles away so :)
The drawstring is made from the fabric but I wanted to use twill tape. However the packaged stuff I have on hand stinks. I'll have to pick some up or make the tie from the fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might make some for DH! He needs new PJs and needing like a 36" inseam means store-bought are always too short.
Recommended especially if you know what to do to get a better project. Though a rank beginner can get a decent pair of pj's from this pattern.
Hopefully my dad likes them and can fit them! I will get pics updated after Christmas if so!