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The taiming of the pajama pant

Dear Simplicity Pattern Company

It’s not that I don’t understand the concept of wearing ease. In fact I think leisure wear should be a bit roomy, it’s more comfortable that way. But what I don’t understand is why you have to add around 13 inches of ease around the thighs of your 9499 pajama pant pattern. And why you add almost as much ease around the hips. Another thing that I don’t understand is why you couldn’t have supplied a XS in your pattern envelope, it’s not exactly as you exhausted yourself with the size range that you offer with this pattern anyway.

In total I had to cut away over 4 inches from your pattern, and yet the pants are still pretty baggy. I think it’s time that you updated your men pajama pant range and moved this pattern to your costume section, since the sizing is more for clown pants than pajama pants in my opinion.

Also can you please explain this to me?

I don’t think I can take this much design innovation in one sitting.



Alrighty, enough of the rant and over to the positive things. My boyfriend really likes his new pajama pants (it was a surprise gift) and he has already worn them a lot. And all in all I too like how they turned out. The striped flannel makes the pants look really smart and my eldest daughter (who offered me some feedback during the fitting process, since I had to try them on myself) gave me a great compliment when I showed her the end result “I don’t know how you do it, but the clothes you make doesn’t look homemade at all!”. That made me feel all happy inside.

I used a combination of elastic and drawstrings for the waist. The original pattern calls just putting elastic in a casing, but I prefer my solution since it makes the waist adjustable.

So yes, in the end I think the pajama pants turned out fine. But next time I’ll draft the pattern myself.


  • Christina
    February 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I made these pajama pants for my husband and I agree they are huge. He is skinnier than me (damn him) and could probably use that XS too. But, he wears them and likes them anyway!

  • Johanna
    February 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    >>Christina: It's the same here too, and it's hard to find small enough patterns for him. Even Burda magazine don't cater for the slim guy, their (often cool) menswear usually start at 48.

  • luckylibbet
    February 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Well, Johanna, you know how to draft. This should be a pretty simple project, yes? Let us know how it turns out.

    Also left a comment on your review.

    And your daughter is so sweet – she knows the exact compliment to make Mom feel good!

  • cidell
    February 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    It’s the worst isn’t it? They still look comfy though!

  • ARrrrrr
    December 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I'm having the same problem with a Vogue pajama pattern. If I make them three sizes smaller than his measurements dictate, it still leaves two inches ease. Anything bigger would be a tent. And I can't test it on him because it's a Christmas surprise.

  • Bev
    December 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Same here. I have to cut the pants 6” narrower. Sleeping in them would be a disaster.


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