McCall’s M5965 TODDLERS’ AND CHILDREN’S GOWN, TOPS, AND PANTS, copyright 2009 The McCall Pattern Co.
Just your average pajama pattern. I bought this on clearance a couple years ago because kids in raglan t-shirts are such a Cute Classic. Still haven’t made the shirt, but was glad to find this pattern in my collection because the pants pattern is extremely simple: just two pieces, pull-on elastic waist, no outseam. Perfect a loud print that I don’t want to bother matching.
Face: Printed cotton. My husband bought it a couple years ago, just because he liked it.
Flatlining: Brushed flannel in red. Super soft. Used to be a grown-up nightshirt. Came as a gift, along with a book. Not even kidding here: the book was How The Grinch Stole Christmas. How’s that for appropriate repurposing.
The nightshirt was never worn, but it was HUGE, so I kept it for the fabric. As flatlining it adds a nice weight and warmth to the otherwise wimpy cotton.
The pattern calls for stretch fabric, which my fabric is not, so I just went up a size, and they turned out HUGE on my kid. Comically huge. I like the proportions a lot, actually. The deep cuff show off the flannel nicely, and kind of reminds me of how firemen uniforms are proportioned, with those stripes around the hem like a giant cuff.
The pattern has you fold the waist down into a channel for 3/4″ elastic, but I did two channels of 1/2″ elastic instead, because that’s what I had in house, and because I like the way two rows look.
I added a little tab of ribbon in the center back, because there isn’t much difference in rise between the front and the back, and I didn’t want to go around wondering if his pants were on backwards all the time. Not that it matters. Except to ME. So now I can always tell front from back.
Ok, this made me laugh: the pattern instructions, when describing the waist elastic, say “cut elastic a confortable waist measurement, plus 1 inch.”
Um, what? No! How about You Tell Me exactly how long to cut the elastic! You are the pattern. Give me a chart! Tell me exactly how long the elastic should be per size! Don’t make me figure it out!
I ended up just measuring the waistband of another pair of my son’s pants and cutting the elastic the same, but, like, way to make assumptions, McCall’s. I mean: not everyone who sews for kids has a kid. What are people supposed to do when there aren’t any kid’s pants around to measure?
Also, what is this “plus 1 inch” business? I pretty much always cut elastic to the exact measurement of the waist, then overlap 1″, so the elastic is stretched onto the body, not just sitting on it. That’s what I did here, helps keep the pants from sliding down.
There’s an action shot. I put out the pipecleaners to lure him into the photo. Sort of worked.
He loves these pants. We watched the cartoon recently, and he was super into it. Three is a fun age, he’s old enough to understand the story and talk about it. Now I just need to teach him the songs so he can sing along with Boris Karloff. That will be so awesome.
Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it. Cute, uncomplicated. Sized up to age 6, so I’ve still got some time to make the shirt.