Karen’s cosy lounge-wear set.

Hi everyone, I’m really excited to be back with my second blog for Bobbins & Buttons and to share my comfy lounge-wear set with you.

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Earlier this year, I took part in the Instagram challenge ‘Me Made May’. I pledged to wear a me-made garment everyday throughout the month of May.  This was to see where there were gaps in my wardrobe that I could potentially fill.  At the end of the month I did a round-up of what I wore. I realised I didn’t really have any lounge-wear, or anything really comfortable to just wear around the house, or to be cosy in on those chillier days.

I’d been thinking about making a pair of True Bias Hudson Pants for a while and thought these would fit this gap.  I wanted to be able to pair it with something to make a set.  So, I had a look through Julia’s patterns and thought the Angie top would make the perfect combination with the Hudson’s.  It looked like a nice relaxed top and something that would be nice and easy to make and wear.

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I firstly had a look through Instagram to see what types of fabric other people had used for their Hudson’s. The majority had used standard Jersey.  However, when I looked through the fabrics that Julia had on offer, I really liked the look of this beautiful French terry.  The pattern is something completely different to anything I’ve seen before. I really like the colour palette.  Julia kindly checked the stretch for me, to make sure it would work for the Angie top, we decided this would work well.

I wanted to give the fabric a pop of colour so decided on using pink ribbing for the neckband on the Angie top,the waistband, pocket accents and ankle cuffs on the Hudson’s and I think it contrasts really well.

lounge wear on bobbins and buttons blog

lounge wear on bobbins and buttons blog

Both the Angie top and the Hudson pants were really easy to make and the instructions are very clear. Both are suitable for beginner sewers.  I used my standard sewing machine to baste the seams first using a stretch needle. Then used my over-locker to sew it up properly, as I wanted the seams to be finished.  However, it isn’t necessary to finish seams on jersey fabrics.

When choosing what size to make, I decided to go up a size for both patterns as French terry doesn’t have as much stretch as a standard jersey.  For the Angie top I went with a size 12 and for the Hudson pants I chose a size 10.   However, when working with the French terry it became more malleable with use. After trying on the Angie during construction, it turned out a little big.  The seam allowance for the Angie is 1cm or 3/8″. I just increased this to 1.5cm or 5/8” for the sleeve heads, sleeves and side seams and the fit was much better.  Next time I will size down to the 10.

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Again, for the Hudson’s the seam allowance is also 1cm or 3/8”, but I didn’t make any changes to this.  I will, however, size down to the size 8 next time I make them. The fit is a little baggy on the knees and calves. The waist was very large before I brought it in with the elastic.  They are supposed to be a close-fitting pant.

Once I’d completed both garments and tried them on together, I felt the Angie top was quite long – a length I’d usually be really happy with wearing with jeans. It covered the pink accents on the Hudson’s, which I wanted to show off.  So, I cut 2” off the bottom of the top and hemmed it with a 3/4” hem.  I firstly overlocked the edge of the fabric. Then topstitched it with my twin needle which gives a nice professional finish.  I have also done this on the sleeves and have twin-needled around the neckband.

lounge wear on bobbins and buttons blog

The Angie top comes with two neckline options – a crew neck and a scoop neck.  I opted to go with the scoop neck and I just used the pattern piece provided for the neckband.

lounge wear on bobbins and buttons blog

The Hudson pants uses a nice wide elastic for the waistband. It feels really comfortable when wearing, you top-stitch 2 rows of zig-zag stitching around the waistband to secure it in place. This also gives a nice gathered effect.  I opted to topstitch mine 3 times, purely because my elastic was 10mm narrower than what was recommended.

lounge wear on bobbins and buttons blog

I’m really pleased with how this set has turned out and I’m looking forward to wearing it during the cooler months at home in the evenings.

I hope you like what I’ve made and I’ve inspired you to make a set of your own!  Check out my YouTube channel Sew Little Time if you’d like to see this set in action. Also check out my Instagram @sew.little.time to keep up with more of my makes.

Karen x

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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