A quick TNT pattern – Simplicity 1605

It’s a cold brisk Harmattan morning over here on the West side, Christmas is definitely in the air. I’ve also been up since 3.30 am because ALL the children were hungry. Well as I said on my previous post, I had cut out Simplicity 1605 in 2 pairs. They were both quick to sew, just took me about 90 minutes each and I’m so used to the pattern that I don’t need the instructions anymore. Below is a detailed review.

Why I bought this Pattern
My husband loves nothing more than to spend his weekends catching up on TV shows in boxers and a t-shirt, so I felt he was sorely in need of some lounge wear to give his boxers a rest.


Number of Pattern Pieces and Fabric + Plus Notions
The Pattern has 9 pieces with seam allowances included. For View C (trousers) and D (shorts) I needed only 2 pieces and an elastic band.


Sizing, Cutting and Adjustment considerations
It comes in sizes S – XL (4 sizes). I cut the L for both views. View C finishes at 43 inches and View D at 17 inches for the side leg. I made no adjustments to the main pattern, but I made pockets pieces to create in seam pockets.

Pattern Instructions (Level of difficulty)
Simple straight forward instructions. Very good for beginners and a nice introduction to sewing basic trousers. I actually cut out 2 pairs at once because it’s so quick to cut out.




Notable trouble spots during sewing
No trouble spots. Taking time to fold up the hem accurately and the waist band makes a world of difference to the finishing.

Features of Garment 
Elastic Waist band. Free fitting. (Pockets if you care to add)


Special finishing touches (if any)
I added pockets. I used Mimi G’s sew along video as a guide. I also used 1 inch elastic instead of the quarter inch recommended, for a more solid waistband.


Comment on fit and notes for future renditions
They fit him great and he wears them all the time now. In future I’ll like to try it in knit fabric.

Lessons or techniques learned (if any)
How to piece together simple trousers. How to insert an elastic band into a casing and how to draft my own pocket pieces and attach them.

Until next time, finding a little time is all you need.

Kaine. Come read my journal


4 thoughts on “A quick TNT pattern – Simplicity 1605

  1. Great lounge pants! When I returned to sewing 3 yrs ago after a 40 yr hiatus 🙂 I started with PJ bottoms for my husband in a quilting flannel (Vogue pattern but I can’t recall the number!) and they turned out great too (my husband only wears them in the winter months because they are WARM!) – they were fun to make and having a success under my belt right off the bat really helped me to keep going so I agree it’s the best garment for a beginner to cut teeth on 🙂

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