Two things are at the top of my happy list right now…fabric and comfort. (Ok. Not just right now but probably always.) So, I have COMBINED them into two sets of Liberty Sweatsuits with striped cuffs. Oh, I know!
The indulgence! The color! The print mixing!
It is off the charts.
Off the charts! I’m telling you. Considering I’m doing lots of lounging around my house these days, my attention has really gone towards how to live my best life…but in sweats. These Liberty Sweatsuits are the whisper in the wind saying, “Go comfort. But bold!”.
I heeded their call. I even added striped cuffs with gold metallic. Shine on! Even if I’m just dancing around my kitchen, I’m reflecting the light.
- For the longest time, I’ve had my eye out for Liberty of London Sweatshirting material. A friend of mine asked once, “have you ever come across Liberty sweatshirt material?” and it’s been lodged in my brain ever since. I even asked about it when I was at the Liberty store IN LONDON years ago and they denied its existence! Ridiculously, this didn’t discourage me. I finally found it at The Fabric Store several weeks back (I can almost promise you I was procrastinating) and was so excited! The fabric is very wide, 62″ to be exact. That means that I was able to cut out the sweatpants with a yard and an eighth and it took about the same for the sweatshirt. So, even though the material has a high price point, you get a lot out of a yard.
- Striped Cuffs! I scoured Etsy for the perfect striped cuff material. I was really happy to find the maroon and pink stripes, made with organic cotton, at a shop called, Stroffbreite, in Germany. I grabbed the teal and gold metallic at a shop called Purple Stitches. It’s not organic but it is OEKO-TEX certified. (This shop link has a great and very clear explanation of the difference)
- The sweatpants are Hudson Pants from True Bias! I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to make these classic sweats. I made a muslin (I was cutting into Liberty after all) in French Terry fabric from FabScrap and knew I had a winner when I didn’t take them off for three days. The Hudsons are slim fitting in such a flattering way but so comfortable. I graded out one size at the hips and added a bit of a rise to the back because the Liberty sweatshirt material doesn’t have much stretch.
- The sweatshirt is my tried and true…the Hey June Handmade Halifax Hoodie. I’ve hacked this thing so much to achieve a perfect scoop-necked, cropped sweatshirt. I’m not a fan of the dropped shoulder or overly baggy sweatshirt and the scoop neck is my soulmate. Plus, the Halifax is really easy to hack. Last time I hacked this pattern it was with my rainbow hippie child sweatshirt. I did all the same basic hacks this time except I cropped it even more.
Since I made these Liberty Sweatsuits, we’ve had an unstoppable amount of snowfall and lots of cozy days. I’ve had so many opportunities to wear them.
I know someday soon we will get back to dresses and real pants. When that time comes, let’s all meet up and wear our flashiest Gatsby dresses, ok? But for now I’m embracing the snuggly.
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