I think I’ve done it! I’ve made the perfect outfit for lounging! I have been on a major Avery Leggings kick but I feel like my wardrobe is lacking in tops that are the right length to wear with leggings. Enter the Sunday Everyday Sweater from Ensemble Patterns! It has a bunch of different length options and Leslie proved it’s the perfect match for Avery leggings.
Have you heard of Ensemble Patterns? It’s a new indie pattern company started by Celina of Petit a Petit Patterns. I was so excited when I found out that she was venturing into women’s patterns. The Ensemble Patterns website says that she will be releasing a pattern a month! So far she has released three, the first of which was the Sunday Everyday Sweater. It is a drop shoulder, cocoon style sweater with 2 views and a bunch of possible combinations with sleeve length and hem lengths.
I went with the basic view, which has a level hem and long sleeves. The fabric I used is this textured double knit from Indiesew (along with a rib knit I found at Joann for the bands and cuffs.) It is soooo soft and cozy– perfect for a giant sweatshirt. I actually don’t think that the sweatshirt is supposed to be as giant as mine turned out. I made a size 10 graded to a 14 at the hips but I think I would have been safe to go down at least one size, especially because I think this fabric grows a little bit with wear.
When I got to the point in the construction process where I could try on the sweatshirt I realized it was comically large. I took in the side seams by 1/2″ from the bottom of the sleeve to the top of the pockets, for a total reduction of 2″ around. I might have taken it in a little bit at the hips but I couldn’t without sewing the pockets closed.
I didn’t make any adjustments to the length and the sweatshirt is longer than I expected for the mid length. I think this looks more like the tunic length in the pattern photographs. I’m not sure if this is due to my fabric or if I should shorten it next time. I need to do some flat pattern measurements before I make another. I shortened the sleeves by an inch before I added the cuffs but they are still a little long.
So I have a few things I would change for my next one, but all in all, this sweatshirt is super cozy and perfect for lounging in total comfort. I am never sure that these cocoon shaped garments are going to be the best look for me, but I actually love this one. I am eager to try the shorter length in a lighter weight knit. I may wait until the Fall for that since it seems like short sleeve weather is finally starting!
These Avery leggings are made from a rayon/spandex knit that I got from Indiesew last year. I opted not to add the elastic at the waist on these since they are for wearing under dresses and with tunics, not for working out. I am not sure that I would leave the elastic out again. They are totally comfortable and non-restrictive but I do end up pulling them up every so often.
It;s a bit of a thrill to finally have a nice pair of black leggings that fit me well! I’ve already been wearing these a ton and I might need to make a second pair soon.
Thanks for reading!