Is anything more relaxing than a quiet day at home, curled up on the couch with a good book or sewing up a storm? Today’s theme is: What to wear lounging around on a lazy day?
1. Absurdly Cute Pyjamas
Some clothes are just so ridiculous and fabulous and adorable that smile while wearing them. For me, footed pyjamas (aka. onesies) fall into that category. How could you not do a happy dance as you zip yourself into head-to-toe colourful fleecy goodness?
Now, I will admit that store-bought onesies are never going to fit well – but who cares? We’re sewists! Jalie 3244 offers footed and footless versions for children, men, and women. It is designed for fleece with 30% stretch, but I think a think cotton-lycra knit or stretchy interlock could be perfect if you’d find fleece too warm.
Jalie patterns are well-drafted and easy to sew. If you want a challenge, you can make the pattern your own like Tanit-Isis did on this amazing Pikachu onesie she made for her daughter. Alternately, keep it simple with a fabric that speaks for itself, like this version made in fleece inspired by the iconic Canadian Hudson’s Bay stripe!
Jalie 3244 goes up to a 50″ bust, and a 53″ hip.
2. Cosy Knit Layers
My all-time favourite lounge clothes are leggings, and my favourite leggings pattern are the Cake Espressos! You use your own measurements at waist, hip, knee and ankle to connect a dot-to-dot pattern that is just the right size and length for you. I was a pattern tester for the pattern, so I timed myself taking measurement and mapping out my custom pattern: 8 minutes! I’ve made at least 15 versions since then. My fellow CSC-editor Michelle has also made Espressos, which you can read about here.
The key to making great leggings is 4-way stretch fabric. After all, think how much the fabric has to stretch both vertically and horizontally when you sit or bend. For lounge clothes, I’d go for a cotton-lycra or a nice thick rayon or bamboo knit. Scuba can also make great leggings that give a smoothing effect, but I’d recommend adding some length in the crotch rise and leg length to compensate for the 2-way stretch fabric.
On top, I’d layer a snug tank (like the Greenstyle Lille Racerback, which comes with options shelf bra for a little control) or a loose tee (like Simplicity 1062). Extend the top to a dress length if that makes you more comfortable! The Seamwork Oslo cardigan would be perfect for chilly weather. Pure cosy comfort.
Espresso leggings go up to a 54″ waist. The Greenstyle Lille Racerback goes up to a 47″ bust. Simplicity 1062 goes to a XXL, and the Oslo cardigan runs up to size 3x.
3. Secret Pyjamas
Does anyone else ever worry that someone will drop by and catch you in your loungewear? When in doubt, I’d go for “secret pyjamas”: garments so comfortable they feel like pyjamas but look like “real” clothes! We’ve reviewed a bunch of cute knit tunic options, like Butterick 6101, the Blank Slate Denver tunic, and Paprika Patterns’ Jasper sweater.
You could pair them with leggings or with the kind of slim-cut pull-on trousers that Style Arc designs so well. I’m a fan of the Style Arc Elle pattern myself (here’s my most recent version) but the April Ponte Pant would be another great option!
Paprika Jasper and the Blank Slate Denver tunic go to a 49″ bust; Butterick 6101 goes to a XXL. Style Arc Elle pants and April Ponte Pant go to a 50″ waist and 60″ hip.
What do I wear on a quiet day at home? I love sewing loungewear, so I’ve got plenty of options! Here’s just a few:
What do you wear when you have a lazy day at home? I’d love to hear your pattern recommendations or see your makes!