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New Thread Theory pattern: The Eastwood Pajamas!

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Ready to choose your own adventure?  I can’t help but think of that style of paperback summer-read when looking at the Eastwood Pajama instructions.

The Eastwood Pajamas are, at first glance, a basic pair of pajama bottoms…you’ll probably find a comfortably well worn pair of something similar in most men’s closets.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll see that this pattern has been carefully constructed to offer a number of choices to suit your skill level or sewing mood.  Choose between many details or almost none and you will still wind up with a cosy pair of bottoms with a nice modern fit (not too baggy but loose enough to be completely comfortable.

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Within the variations, you will find the option to create a button fly (with a functioning button), a mock fly (to provide the visual interest of a fly without the risk of exposing oneself), or to skip the fly altogether.  The instructions walk you through inseam pockets but will also provide the opportunity to add a single back patch pocket if you’d like to try sewing one of these.  You can add strengthening top stitching or you can skip these details to create a quick birthday or Christmas gift.  Really, the choice of how detailed you’d like to get with these pajamas is all yours!

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Most light to medium weight woven materials will work for these pajamas.  The two samples you see modelled by Matt and his brother are made from linen (olive green) and brushed cotton (buffalo check).  Novelty flannels, quilting cotton or shirtings are all great choices too!

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The waistband is elasticated with the option to include a functional drawstring or leave it out.  The instructions include a few methods for adding the elastic to your waistband so you can experiment with which way you like most.

As usual, this pattern is only available as a PDF right now…we hope to print it soon but would like to hear your opinion on the matter.  You may have noticed we haven’t been re-printing some of our sold out patterns lately.  The Newcastle Cardigan and the Comox Trunks are out of stock and the Strathcona Henley is getting somewhat close to selling out.  Currently the Belvedere Waistcoat and Sayward Raglan have not yet had their chance at the print shop.

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We’ve noticed sales of printed patterns have decreased in proportion to digital patterns in the last year and have also noticed some of the other indie sewing pattern companies have put more of an emphasis on digital patterns.  I’m curious to hear your thoughts on printed patterns – is it worth reprinting our older designs again?  Or should we leave them as PDF only and focus our funds and energy on printing our newer designs faster?    Are you happy working from PDF patterns (more affordable and easier for us to offer at discounted sale prices) or do more costly printed patterns still take precedence when you’re budgeting for sewing supplies?  Do you wish our new patterns were released as PDF and printed patterns simultaneously? Or do you like that we offer the digital file immediately and then print when any kinks have been worked out and funds have been raised (and, of course, offer a discount code to pdf customers so they can purchase the tissue pattern minus the cost of the PDF that they already bought)?

It’s time to weigh in!

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And it’s time to head off on a summer sewing adventure!  Download the Eastwood Pajamas today so you’re ready with a cozy pair or two by the time the first chill of Fall arrives.

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16 thoughts on “New Thread Theory pattern: The Eastwood Pajamas!

  1. PDF patterns all the way! If I spend more on a printed pattern I find myself unable to cut the pattern straight out – both my weight and my husbands weight has fluctuated throughout the years and cutting a pattern straight out is risky in case I need a different size later so printed patterns always involve tracing the pattern first. Tracing is my most hated task! Sticking together a pdf is so much easier and enjoyable when listening to a sewing podcast.

  2. What keeps me from buying paper patterns most of the time is the shipping cost. Also, I prefer paper to tissue because of its durability. Copy shop patterns are my preferred pattern style.

  3. I would have purchased the PDF with its discount if I had realized I could purchase the hard copy later, at a discount. I totally prefer the beautiful hard copy, and purchase the PDF only if discounted and it is something I would want to sew right away. Thanks for asking!

  4. This is a tough decision. I have used both, and with PDF’s have self printed and taken to a shop to print.I think it’s a bit more expensive to go to a print shop and certainly less compact, and I don’t like working with the firmer paper. My overall preference is for a tissue pattern, mainly for the storage aspect. I tend to trace my patterns, so reusing the tissue has not been an issue. I love your packaging, and owning that beautiful packaging is a large part of the enjoyment! However, I can see that as a business person printing is expensive and, printing first would delay releasing patterns. Releasing the PDF version first, then the printed pattern later seems to be a good compromise.

  5. I always prefer a printed pattern if I can get it. I have even passed on some patterns that only come in PDF. I don’t mind PDF’s if it is a free pattern or something with really small pieces like a bra pattern, but otherwise I always prefer paper. I may be in the minority, though. Asking people on Instagram (if you haven’t already), might be another good way to get feedback.

  6. I also meant to add that I will continue to purchase the paper version as long as you keep offering them, but will pass on some PDF’s unless I want to sew them right away.

  7. Since you launched the first pattern I have generally purchased both the PDF and print copy. I am a mature sewer, however I can see the benefits of both versions.
    When I was dealing with patterns I used over and over back in the day I reinforced them with lightweight interfacing. Still eventually the tissue deteriorated or pieces got lost with PDF’s I can reprint as needed. Another consideration is that I live in a rural setting. It is often easier and quicker to buy online, print and tile a pattern than to get myself out the door to drive into town, try to find what I have in mind when the pattern might not even be in stock. In the case of menswear there is not a very inspiring selection available at the local Fabricville
    I sew for more than one person all different sizes and find the large sheets that a lot of companies now use much easier than tissue to trace off. PDF ‘s also tick this box once one gets them tiled but they are much more difficult to fold and store.
    I like traditional things, reading actual books, up cycling, slow food, hand crafted etc. etc. And paper patterns fall into this, something to surround me, that I can touch and enjoy. I feel like paper patterns are like friends whereas PDF’s are business partners ( and not the ones I look forward to spending time with).
    In the case of your printed patterns , I appreciate having well done menswear patterns, I like that you are a Canadian company and the unique design of the package appeals to me . I use the book for instruction ( sometimes) but the tissue is all still in factory folds. I can see that a large format pattern sheet would not work well with envelope/ package design but that would be my first choice. PDF’s are a reluctant second then tissue is my sentimental second but for practical reasons is third.
    Was very happy to see the Eastwood release in my inbox ! Am missing my Merino this year, but understand that you you will be a bit too busy !!! Enjoy every minute with your son!!!

  8. I like the idea of PDF until the pattern is proven worthy of a print run. That said, I much prefer paper patterns. They are much easier to store. I tend to trace off the size I want and preserve the original and do like the printed booklet/instructions. I’m in the U.S. so the added cost of shipping is not as great so do keep printing your patterns.

  9. Oh the pdf versus printed pattern question is such a tricky one! Personally I love a printed pattern and find they’re much easier to store, because at-home or copy shop printouts are so bulky. Also, I don’t really trust my own filing ‘system’ for the digital pdfs 😀 The other thing I like about printed patterns is, as a fabric shop owner, it allows for customers who are not familiar with pattern companies to actually browse the patterns in our store. People often come in looking for a ‘sort’ of thing rather than with a specific company/pattern in mind. I certainly understand the commitment and investment required from a pattern company to put things into print. PDF only must seem like a very attractive option. We often recommend pdf patterns that we know of to our customers when we know they’re appropriate, too. Simply as a consumer, if your patterns were released simultaneously as pdf and printed I would order printed, and the quality of your printed patterns is very attractive, too. I wish there was a straightforward answer to the overall question though, ha!

  10. I used to prefer paper patterns, but having A0 pages means I can have the instant gratification (shipping to Australia is rough) and not have to stick 30+ pages together.

    I also like the idea that it’s easier for pattern companies to make patterns because they don’t need to wait for their patterns to arrive and to show stuff into envelopes.

  11. I live in the U.K. so pdf is great for me . I agree I can download again if I cut the wrong size or mislay a bit

  12. I’m very happy with PDFs as long as they are more reasonably priced than the print version. Immediate gratification and no postage is good! Several patterns I’ve bought recently have layers so you can just print the size(s) you need and they don’t have to be trimmed before assembling. Easy-peasy. I also like that you can print out a different size or another copy any time you want. One thing I like to do is to print out the instructions as a booklet in Adobe Reader. I even have a long stapler to keep the pages together. As long as the type isn’t too small to read easily it saves paper and is easy to use at the sewing machine. Digital is good too but the screen on my iPad always blanks right when I need to read something critical!

    My husband is retired from the printing trade so it’s hard to watch it disappear so quickly but it’s hard to deny price and convenience now that we all have our own home printers. And you as the designer/vendor don’t have to pay all the costs and inventory storage upfront when you are never sure how well something will sell. I know there are a few who aren’t happy with PDFs but perhaps they can use some of the newer large-format printing services to at least save on the assembly. Personally I love that part! Big puzzles.

  13. I love PDF patterns but only if they offer an AO version. I can’t print copyshop where I live.

  14. I’m a dinosaur I guess and still prefer printed patterns. I like having the instruction booklet in print form too. But I also acquire the pdfs because I ofen want to make the pattern in different sizes and do not trace tissue. So I can get by with pdfs if that is all that is available, but prefer paper, and often end up with both.

  15. The extra cost of printing and shipping plus the lack of “instant gratification” has led me to prefer PDF patterns. I absolutely LOVE Thread Theory Patterns and have made many awesome things for my husband. Am considering the Eastwood Pajamas for my grandson and maybe my son as my husband is not a big fan of the pajama pants thing.

  16. I prefer PDF because when I cut into it it’s not my only copy. If I need to make grading or sizing changes it’s much easier if I need to start back from the original.

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