Henry has outgrown most of his pajamas so I thought I'd make him some. I think Oliver + S have some cute patterns so I opted to use the bottoms from their Sleepover Pajama pattern. My first thought after making them was that they were huge. I made some a long time ago and it is vaguely coming back to me that I had this issue last time, too. So, here we go!
Henry generally wears 4T on the bottom. I made 3T, with 4T length, because he is skinny and tall. The waist was still much too large. The casing itself was to large for the pants, by a good 3/8 to 1/2 inch. When you tried to sew it onto the pants, the arrows did not match up and you had leftover fabric. That pattern piece will require resizing. I will need to go back in to adjust the elastic length, but that is normal with elastic waist pants.
The hips and rise were also much too large. We had to roll down the waist once (about 1 1/2 -2 inches) in order for them to even sort of fit. That really surprised me. If we hadn't, the waist would have been well above his belly button...by 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
The length was longer than expected but he needs it so, not an issue. We can always roll the pant legs up.
I will be cutting down the next pair of pajama pants, which are already cut out, to the 18-24 months size (waist and hips), but keeping the 4T length. I will also be knocking down the rise by 1 1/2 to 2 inches. I would not recommend using this pattern, if you are a beginner, because the sizing requires word. You will probably need to do some major sizing changes and modifications. The construction of the pattern itself is smooth.
P.S. Don't you think this Octopus print by Birch Fabrics is just so cute!?