Pattern Review: New Look 6354


I received some patterns recently from my mother.  It looks to be from about 2004, and is for shorts, pants, capris and three skirt lengths.  I was looking for a fast project for myself, just to fulfill a need to create something, so I opted to make the shorts.

I needed a size 12 (remember, pattern sizes are VERY different from store, or “vanity” sizes, so measure yourself for the best fit) so I needed approximately:

  • 1-1/2 yards of fabric
  • 1 yard of 2″ elastic
  • 1-1/2 yards of ribbon or cord (for the drawstring)
  • a very small (about 1″ x 4″) piece of fusible interfacing
  • thread

I chose to make one pair for sleep and the second pair as a casual playing-with-the-kids pair.  I used a polyester fabric called “Soft-N-Comfy” (a fitting name) that I had left over from making Boppy nursing pillow covers when I was pregnant with the boys for the pajamas, and a light jersey knit for the casual pair.

The pattern is easy, it went together quickly and I think that the hardest part was probably the button holes, and seeing as my machine does them automatically, that’s not a big deal at all.  I was easily done within the 2 hours that the pattern suggests for sewing time and plan to make a skirt next.

I give it two thumbs up!  Here are my shorts.  I used ribbon for the drawstring on the pajama bottoms and cording for the jersey knit ones.  I realized when taking these pictures that I forgot to hem the jersey knit shorts, so please forgive the unfinished edge.



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