Did you know I’ve never owned sweatpants before in my life? Somehow I never thought I’d need them. I have a pair of ‘chill pants’, one of those striped ones everybody who traveled in Peru 10 years ago had. I think they’re even my oldest piece of clothing that is still in rotation. I made my sweatpants as a first sample of a pattern I’m working on, and even though the pattern needs to be tweaked, I’ve found it really hard to take them off! They are so incredibly comfortable I want to wear nothing else. I understand the danger of sweatpants now, they make you want to ignore every style advise ever. Comfort is what you need on long cross-country drives though. Last week we paid a short visit to the Netherlands and for the first time I had the ideal hand made travel outfit for the 12 hour drive.
The cardigan is another revelation to me. I’ve never been a fan of cardigans, they never fit around my hips, weird things happen when I try to close them. I don’t like the draped front ones either, it just feels messy. I concluded I was just more of a sweater person. However, the fashion trend of long, button-less cardigans has shown me that there is a cardigan that suits me. I tried some on in a store to see what would work best and then drafted myself a pattern. I love that it goes with all my button downs and other shirts that aren’t sweaters. This one needs tweaking too, but that hasn’t prevented me from wearing it almost non-stop. I have three other fabrics lined up to make more, and it’ll be available to you too hopefully later this winter.
Third in the category of ‘needs tweaking but is still a succes’ is my first Nettie top. I have a feeling this will replace the Sloppy Jo as my go-to shirt pattern. I like tight fitting t shirts, but my wide hips always made them ride up. This one fits over the hips because I graded two sizes up, but it still has numerous issues. The first is my own fault, I used a fabric with only 40% stretch. I made a size larger to compensate, but it wasn’t enough. I compensated for length too, but the pattern is designed for more vertical stretch so the sleeves are too short anyway. The biggest issue is in the shoulders. You can see how far in the back armscyes curve, and the shoulder should be 2cm more out. I’ve already re-drafted the armscyes and the sleeves so once I find the right fabric, there will definitely be more.
Even though all three garments have issues, they kept me comfortable during our long drives. Lounge gear is not something that’s really looked at by others anyway, not like a pair of jeans or a button down. I didn’t plan them together and they’re also not the most exciting pieces. However, a shirt that doesn’t ride up, sweatpants without elastic waistband and finding your cardigan style are still pretty exciting to me!
Do you sew comfort clothes?