Hooray, done and they actually turned out OK. Here they are on JJ, dad being currently unavailable.
As mentioned last time, we couldn’t find a long johns pattern so decided to use New Look 6084 as a starting point. I made a few modifications, mostly planned and some not so planned.
Pattern Description: “Misses’ and Men’s knit lounge top, pants, and shorts and miss only knit top.”
Sizing: For the top I cut a large but ended up taking it down to about a medium. For the trousers I cut an XS, then reduced by 3″ at the side seams and made them extra long, down to the XL hem line. Plus I added a 1″ panel (+ seam allowances) to the crotch from CF to CB and two 2″ panels (+ seam allowances), one at each side seam.
Fabric Used: a fine NZ merino single knit with 5% lycra. The lycra should keep the fabric from bagging too much at the knees and butt.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes the top does, other than having long sleeves, though not the trousers because I changed so much.
Construction Notes: For the top I lengthened the sleeves and then made it up as normal. When JJ first tried it on it was much too big so I took it apart again, leaving the shoulders and neckline intact (lazy hey?). Then I re-cut the sleeve caps, front and back sides and arm scythes all down a size and put it back together again. There was also too much room across the back so I took out an inch down the centre back by adding a serged seam. This I coverstitched flat so it wouldn’t itch dad between the shoulder blades (imagine what I’d do if I didn’t like you)!
As you can see, the shoulders are still too wide and I made a bit of a hash lengthening the sleeves but hey, long johns are for wearing under stuff.
I only used the instructions for putting the v-neckline together because I haven’t done one before and they were fine. The process did depend upon turning ‘perfectly’ on the mark and lining up the fabric layers just so. Unfortunately my precision sewing is, well, shit so I used my coverstitch’s chain stitch figuring I could pull out stitches when I screwed it up. And I did and I did. My top stitching around the V is very wonky so I am rather glad it isn’t so visible in the pic.
(I love chain stitch. I love chain stitch. Gotta use it more.)
For the trousers – dad wanted them fairly close fitting so mum and I agreed to take the 3″ off at the sides (without measuring as dad wasn’t available), but this ended up being too snug so I added the crotch panel to make sure he had room there and the side panels on the legs. It worked out really well actually and the panels make it a bit more interesting.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yep I’d do it again if my other half wanted LJs. Its a useful pattern if you haven’t anything similar already in your drawer.