There comes a moment in life when you want some instant gratification. That moment came yesterday. It's starting to get cool in the evenings here, and I wanted some knit PJ pants to wear under my knee length nightie when I get up and "do things" in the morning - kettle on, make lunches, eat breakfast, that sort of thing (and sometimes a bit of sewing if I have a minute to spare).
I decided to buy a pair of stripe PJ pants in cotton jersey. They cost $39.95, an extravagance, but I felt worth it, as I really do not want to have to do another stretch of basics. That's all I have made, and I want to make some more inspirational things like lots of wonderful bloggers do. (Maybe they don't make basics??).
So, I allowed myself this expensive liberty. I always get overwhelmed in shops and didn't notice the stripe at the top being misaligned - mind you , this happens with stripes. I thought hard, and thought, well, it will annoy me like mad, but really, it will be under a nightie, so does it really matter?? I convinced myself it didn't (sort of). Then I thought I should check leg length. You guessed it - the stripe is not poor stripe cutting, but poor cutting, full stop. One leg was one inch longer than the other along the outer edge.
This was getting more serious. I turned the pants over and look at the distortion I found:
Yes, look at the twist and hang - even the crotch is pulled to the side. These were going to be seriously iffy to wear.
And laying out like this, you can see the 1 inch (2 cm) difference I mentioned earlier.
So, as the shop is just around the corner from where I live, they were returned this morning.
So it looks as though I will have to sew a few more basics after all. Luckily I have some knit fabric in the stash that will do:
Some pre-shrinking, and then this will be ready to make some PJ pants. After I have made something a bit more interesting.
I think I have learnt my lesson with RTW. It really is simpler to make your own. To say nothing about fit and quality. Back to the sewing discipline again next week.
Take care, wherever you are,