Do you ever see a fabric and immediately think where have you been all my life? Well, that’s what happened when I saw this French terry pop up on the Fabric Mart website back in February. I immediately purchased two yards in both color ways. Like, as soon as I saw it on the New Arrivals page – that kind of immediately. People, I’m usually a frugal shopper, but this time I did not even check to see if there would be a “60% off categories E-O” sale soon (you know what I’m talking about). I was too afraid that the 20 or so yards they had would be gone before I woke the next morning.
I am happy with my decision, though. I mean – that print! Right? There are a few fabric prints out there that are holy grails for me, and a great graphic lip design is one. Others include citrus fruits, oversized flowers, and (most recently added) leopard on a cream background. These are all exceptions to any fabric buying ban I place on myself, if I find them at a reasonable price. I feel like I can make exceptions for things I actually want to use and wear, as opposed to things I just buy for the retail therapy.
Of course, as with every other perfect fabric in my stash, this one sat and waited for the perfect pattern to come along. I played with all kinds of options, especially as I had two color ways (the other is red lips on a light pink background). The fabric is a cotton/rayon/spandex blend and it feels so nice and soft against the skin. It is a bit thick because of the looped back, and also has a four-way stretch that makes it super comfortable.
I don’t know how exactly I landed on making lounge wear, but it does make sense, right? It’s the perfect fabric for a cosy outfit to wear while curled up in a blanket with a good book (maybe also by a faux fireplace heater, posing for cheesy winter-themed photos . . .). And it sticks to my goal of making more wearable clothing out of my favorite fabrics. I get excited about doing laundry just so I can wear these again!
You might recognize the bottoms as the Hudson pants from True Bias. The pattern has been heavily reviewed since it first appeared a few years ago, and all I really have to add is that I also love it. I made the size 16 without any adjustments at all, and I’m happy with the fit. Construction was a breeze, too. I usually sew all knit garments on my serger because it’s fast and easy. For the past year or so, though, I’ve been basting knit seams (and raw edges of bands) together on my regular machine. I use a small zig-zag stitch that is 2.0 long and 2.5 wide, and I stitch about 1/4″ in from the raw edge. It’s small enough, and close enough to the edge, that it is either cut off by my serger or covered up by the serger stitches. It takes a bit longer, but I think it’s made a huge difference in the quality of my garments, especially on cuffs and bands. Not only does it help with control, but it also makes it easier to line up seam joins. Plus, if you need to unpick for any reason, it is a lot easier to unpick zig zag stitches than serger stitches.
I actually made the pants back in October, and had about 3/4 yard left over. I think the reason for this large remnant was 1) Fabric Mart usually cuts about 6-10″ more than what you ordered and 2) the fabric was really wide, so I was able to get a more efficient cutting layout for the pants. I again held onto that remnant, waiting for the right project, until last week when I really wanted to add ruffles to things. I’m telling you, once you ruffle you just can’t stop. Plus, Helen’s Closet just made a spectacular sweatsuit using the Hudson pants, so that alone was enough to convince me that a matching top needed to happen.
So yep, the top is another ruffled Fraser sweatshirt from Sewaholic. I posted last week about how I added a ruffle to the shoulder of this pattern. I was short on fabric, of course, so I left off the sleeves and cut the hem band and the ruffles on the cross grain (it worked fine because of the four-way stretch). I used up pretty much every last scrap, which makes me happy because I really love this fabric! I’m glad none of it went to waste.
I was excited to see the two pieces worn together. It’s like a fun jumpsuit! When I made the top, I also planned on layering it over things, like shirts or dresses. I’ll have to try that out with a few things and see if it works the way I see it in my head. I’m not sure I really like it with the white turtleneck, but my only other option was black. I think this means I need to make a long-sleeved garment in navy or red sometime soon.
Now to decide what to do with the pink colorway! I’ve been leaning towards a wrap dress, since it is one of the garments on my list for the Curated Closet, and this print is nice and bold. I had a look through my stash and it looks like the only wrap dress pattern I have is the Kate dress from Style Arc. It seems to have really great reviews, and honestly looks amazing on everyone who has made it. I just hope I have enough fabric for it!