Completed: Cozy Loungewear

7 Dec

It’s officially that time of year – black and grey layers from head to toe. My favorite!

Colette Oslo Cardigan - front

I feel like I spend the beginning of every winter on the prowl, looking for pieces that will keep my warm and comfortable, without looking like a complete slob (only, like, 30% slob. I have my limits, you know). Every year, I wear said pieces until they are ratty beyond repair, so each new season means new duds. Honestly, none of the pieces in this post are particularly earth-shattering, which is why you get a 3-fer post, ha.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - side

Colette Oslo Cardigan - side

The grey/black cardigan is hands-down the coziest cardigan I have ever made – it even works as a light coat! The pattern is the Oslo from Colette’s Seamwork Magazine. I didn’t care much for the pattern when it was first released, however, I kept noticing cool versions popping up and eventually became mildly obsessed with the idea of making my own. I love the long, butt-covering length, as well as the big shawl collar. In September, Oslo was granted the glory of being “Pattern of the Month,” which knocked the price down to $5 and thus justified my immediate purchase.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - back

Anyway, I can see why everyone and their mom has made an Oslo – it’s a great pattern! It’s a super simple, super quick make, and the resulting garment is a great layering piece that I find vaguely reminiscent of those knit duster cardigans we all wore back in the late 90s (I bought mine at Rave. SUP.). It works especially well with heavier knits – which is great, because I keep buying them but I never know what to make them into! I don’t want a super heavy tshirt. I’ll wear a super heavy cardigan/duster hybrid, though, hell yeah I will.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - inside

Speaking of heavy knits, this was certainly one of those! I bought this double-cloth Italian wool sweater knit months ago, and while it’s really awesome – it’s also super thick. It’s basically two layers of wool knit – black on one side, grey on the other – fused together to make one really heavy layer. It makes for the perfect Oslo, because it’s super warm, but I had no idea what to do with it when I originally bought it. Also, it was kind of expensive, so I only bought 1.5 yards. I BARELY had enough yardage to eek this out – I had to do some piecing at one shoulder, and cut everything on the single layer, but I managed!

Colette Oslo Cardigan - front

Tetris-ing the shit out the cutting layout took a long time, but the actual sewing part did not take long at all! I used my serger for everything – shit got REAL bulky when I was attaching the shawl collar, but other than that was smooth sailing. I cut the size XS and sewed the pattern as drafted with folded back cuffs, although I didn’t add the buttons. I wish I’d had enough fabric to add front patch pockets, as I feel like that’s the only thing this pattern is missing.
Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - front

The next piece is a boring ol’ black tshirt! Haha! Well, I used a new pattern to make this – so that makes things a little less boring 🙂

Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - front

This is the Grail tshirt from Vesta Patterns, a new company in the pattern world. These patterns are drafted and produced for 3 different body shapes, so that you don’t have to do so much futzing with the flat pattern for a good fit. I’ve been super interested in the idea but haven’t had a chance to try out the patterns, despite having them in my arsenal for a few months now. I have both the patterns for E & S (well, I had A too, but I gave it to an A-shaped friend 😉 ), so I started with the E in a size Small. The patterns are drafted to have a bit of ease, which I found to be too much for my personal fit preferences – I had a bit of excess from the underarm down to the waist, but that was easy to nip in before I hemmed the sleeves and bottom. Next time, I may go down a size for a closer fit, or use a more stable fabric like the pattern suggests. That being said, I am really impressed with how well and proportional the neckline and shoulders fit!

Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - back

Like the cardigan, construction was straightforward and simple. The pattern doesn’t include a lot of information for construction – the steps are written out, but they are short, concise, and don’t include pictures or line drawings. Having made zillions of tshirts in my time, this does not phase me. I don’t need a full booklet with step-by-step instructions for sewing a shoulder seam, you know? But if you need the hand-holding, you may want to consider finding a tutorial online or consulting a book for further assistance.

The one construction element about this pattern that differs from most knits that I’ve sewn, is how the neckline was finished. Strips of fabric are sewn as a sort of binding around the neckline, wrapping the raw edges. It’s similar to how I did the binding on my Mission Skater dress, although without the serged edge. I think it makes a really nice, clean finish that looks really good from the outside. I hemmed the sleeves and bottom at 1″, and just used the zigzag on my sewing machine.

Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - front

I stayed on the wool bandwagon with this top, and used another wool knit to make it up. I found this weird “black cozy knit” (their description, not mine) on the Mood website – appears to be sold out now. Y’all, this was a WEIRD fucking fabric! I don’t know what I was expecting to get, but what I received was what I would describe as a wool crepe knit. It has that crepey, spongey texture – but it’s a true knit, and stretches as so. I’ve never seen fabric like this before. It’s borderline semi-sheer, but works well for a tshirt. Because of the crepey texture, it has a fantastic drape – perfect for a loose-fitting shirt. It’s also surprisingly not itchy. Just, well, cozy 🙂 It also attracts cat hair like a magnet, sooo, sorry bout that!

SBCC Pinot pants - front

Finally, pants! These are the Pinot Pants from SBCC Patterns and they are my FAVORITE lounge pants ever ever. These are just basically yoga-style pants – not true yoga pants, as they don’t have a crotch gusset, but they do have the flared leg and elastic waistband. I have actually practiced yoga in these pants (not my preferred style of yoga pants – I like slim leggings – but I went to yoga with Jenny when I was in Boston, and hey, I actually had yoga pants in my suitcase!), and they worked just fine. Terrible fabric choice for hot yoga, but I had a great range of movement hahaha.

I made the size XS and cut a longer inseam so I’d have some length to play with (which I immediately cut off, and now they’re a smidge too short. Wah!). I added the free pocket add-on, which was the best decision ever! There aren’t any instructions for attaching these, but I just topstitched them on with a straight stitch (and left the edges raw – other than the top opening edge, which is finished with a self-fabric band). Leaving the edges raw is fine with this sort of fabric, as it’s not prone to unraveling or fraying (and, speaking of raw edges – these pants are unhemmed. Like I said, I cut them too short as it is and I couldn’t afford to lose any length! haha!). I also left off the elastic waistband, and instead used some heavy-duty power mesh in it’s place. Betsy had mentioned once that she preferred power mesh over elastic for a flat, yet stretchy, waistband, and I was immediately intrigued. I actually have some heavy power mesh that is way too heavy for general lingerie (I believe it’s probably good for shapewear, though), so I used that in the waistband. Just cut a waistband layer in the mesh, basted it to the wrong side of the fabric waistband, and sewed as normal. It holds as well as elastic does, but it’s flat like a traditional yoga waistband. I love it!

For fabric, I used black nylon/rayon ponte de roma, which is AWESOME and I wish I had more! It holds shape really nicely and doesn’t stretch out. Like I said, it’s not so great for shit like actual yoga – it retains heat a little too well – but for general lounge pants, it’s perfect.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - on dressform

Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - on dressform

Vespa Patterns Grail tshirt - neckline detail

You can really see the texture of the knit here. And check out that bound neckline!

Colette Oslo Cardigan - flat

Here is where I had to piece the shoulder area of my Oslo, in order to get the pattern pieces to fit on my limited yardage. You can’t really tell it’s there when I’m wearing it.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - flat

SBCC Pinot pants - flat

Ok, that’s it! Sorry for the overwhelming amount of black + cat hair, ha.

Colette Oslo Cardigan - front

This is the kind of ensemble I reach for when I’m feeling crappy (sick, sad, hungover, etc) but still need to look somewhat presentable out of the house. As much as I love my plaid flannel Carolyn pajamas, they definitely look like pajamas! With these pieces – either all worn together, or individually with other garments – they keep the comfy factor without compromising the yes-i-put-on-pants-to-leave-the-house element. I consider that a win!


31 Responses to “Completed: Cozy Loungewear”

  1. Anonymous December 7, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Wish I had not missed that Oslo sale!! Each of these pieces turned out fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      It’s $7 now, so still not a bad price 🙂 And thank you!

  2. Nikki Thomas December 7, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    I keep waffling on whether to make an Oslo or another of these Kwik Sew Cardis . .I have a pile of made / waiting to be made cardigans. I’m just kind of on the fence about the shawl collar.

    re: the “cozy knit” I think that this the same stuff that is being reviewed in this post:

    I have some of it and it is, indeed, odd, but also cozy so? As advertised at least?

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      I don’t normally care for shawl collars either, but I really have grown to love the one on the Oslo! It’s super warm and looks good when sewn up in a heavier fabric.

      I can’t tell if that’s the same knit! It’s hard to see the texture in the photos (MAN, I’m jealous of that color though!), but I think mine may be a bit more crepe-y. Either way, yeah cozy for sure!

  3. Deborah December 7, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    We also wore these comfy knit cardigans in the mid to late 1970s. I made mine then in a plum colored heavy sweater type knit (mail ordered in those days) form Britex of San Francisco. This type of sewn sweater was as comfy as a bathrobe but presentable for quick runs to the the store.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Oh, that sounds awesome! I love sweater knits so much. And you’re right, it is about as comfy as a bathrobe! 😀

  4. Susan - aka Knitters-Delight December 7, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I need to pull out my thicker knit fabric and make this one. Yours is great. Thanks for the link to the new pattern company also. I’ll like their on one-size-doesn’t fit all take on patterns.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      Do it! It’s the perfect pattern for thicker knits 😀

  5. aem2 December 7, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    Yay for cosy wear (and also for first snow on the blog!). I love long cosy cardigans. They’re like hugs you can wear. I still have (and wear) my duster sweater from the 90s. I’ve been making a lot of the Swoon Patterns scarf-neck cardigan — I have immediate plans for a black one. One of my local fabric shops has a thick cable knit that I probably shouldn’t buy but really want to.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Yeah! I love the first blog snow 🙂 haha! That scarf neck cardigan is fabulous! Also, you should never question a want for thick cable knit. Cable knit anything is basically guaranteed to be awesome.

  6. Lisa Carver December 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Oh the days of duster cardigans from Rave! Your Oslo turned out great! And I’ve totally been eyeing sweater knits to make one myself. Glad you found some warmer fabric for yours, all the sweater knits in my local fabric stores are so thin, guess when I want wool I have to order from someplace where they have real winters.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Hey, at least you aren’t stuck living through a real winter 🙂 Winter is the worst! bleeh I’m already over the cold hahaha

  7. Amanda December 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    I hadn’t considered a power mesh waist band before. I like the idea. I’d be concerned that it would stretch over my hips…makes me wonder what’s in the waist of the RTW workout pants I buy that sometimes make the faint ripping sound when I pull them on (especially, if I’ve “out grown” them). But, the stitches still look fine. Maybe it’s some internal mesh that I’m shredding with my extra girth.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      I’m not sure what the ripping is on your RTW pants – maybe it’s stitches popping? Anyway, power mesh is designed to stretch, so it should have no problem stretching over your hips. You could always use a lighter weight if that’s a concern, though 🙂

  8. Jessica December 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Nice one! Or should i say three 😃
    Did not find the Oslo an appealing pattern either, but love this version and your fabric choice! I’m on a mission for more squishy, warm things in my life too (clothing or otherwise), and this seems like a great addition!

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

      Warm and squishy is the way to go! 😀

  9. Birgitte December 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    It keeps throwing me off to see all these mentions of Oslo! In my mind (as I sort of pre-scan peoples blog-posts) it’s the capital in my country, and I’m wondering why the capital of Norway is being mention on a sewing blog? Also, I automatically read it as “Oosh-lo” (rhymes with cool), and switch in between languages mid-sentence! It’s all very confusing to my December-mind. 😉 You’re December-outfit however, rocks!

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      Haha!! I guess I never really considered where they got the same from – but I like the way you’re reading it as, it sounds way cooler than how I pronounce it in my mind 🙂

  10. Tomasa December 7, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    All 3 pieces are fab! I especially love the grey/black cardigan – it does look so comfy cozy. Isn’t it great that you have made your whole ensemble!

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      Oh yeah! Super awesome feeling 😀

  11. Betsy December 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Yay, Pinot Pants! This outfit looks super comfy and let’s face it, these will probably get the most use. Another yay for the unsung wardrobe heroes.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Oh my god, I have to practically peel myself out of them in order to put them through the wash. Those Pinot pants are like the Superman of my wardrobe right now hahaha. They are SO GOOD!

  12. charmingbubble2 December 7, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Nice job on the ensemble. I have by my front door a very small sign that says “No outfit is complete without dog hair.” Perhaps you need one for cat….

  13. Marike Smit December 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Your outfit may not be earth-shattering, but I love it! When Autumn arrives I want to focus on comfy loungewear myself:)

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Nothing like having nice, comfy loungewear that you made yourself 🙂

  14. sallie December 9, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    So I JUST sat down last weekend to make the Oslo with this EXACT same wool knit – also in 1.5 yards because DAMN that shit was expensive – and couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to jigsaw the pattern out. I also wanted to do the kimono sleeve hack that Sarai posted about, so making the sleeves part of the body rather than their own separate pattern piece may have had something to do with that…. Whatevs, I caved and bought more yardage this month. Lol! But I’m mentally high-fiving you for your fabric Mac Gyver-ing!

    I think ensembles like this are SUPER important to have in your closet. Realistically it’s what I end up reaching for, like, 90% of the time!

    • LLADYBIRD December 11, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Hahahaha!! Well thank you! High-five back to you for being reasonable and just buying more yardage 🙂 Does this mean we are gonna be Oslo-semi-twins? :DDD

  15. Pootle and Make December 11, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    Perfect downtime outfit. I LOVE your cardi. Shame knits like this are hard to come by in the UK.

    • LLADYBIRD December 11, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      Yeah, y’all are lacking on the awesome knit selection 😦


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