Activewear or Loungewear?

Where do you fall on the activewear vs loungewear debate? Which do you prefer to sew? To wear? I made one of each –  Sloan Leggings for exercising and Hudson Pants for lounging!

Sloan v Hudson

The Sloan leggings were on my Make Nine list this year, and the Hudson pants were not officially on the list, but I had them in mind so I listed them as an ‘alternate’:)

First up, Activewear: Hey June Sloan Leggings

Sloan leggings side-1

This fabric has been in my stash for quite some time – it’s a sport knit lycra that was always destined to become leggings. I love Hey June patterns, so choosing the Sloan pattern was a no brainer. This is View A in the full length – and paired with my hacked (and never blogged) Lane Raglan hoodie.

Sloan leggings-1

Sloan leggings close

They were a quick and easy sew, made entirely on my serger. They turned out a little bit long even though I made the ‘regular’ inseam version, so I ended up taking an inch off the bottom. I think I could have gone down a size because they are a tiny bit looser than I usually like for workout gear, but still totally wearable. I like that they have a hidden pocket in the waistband. I added clear elastic to the waistband as suggested to help keep them up, but then I ironed it and I think I just melted that elastic and stretched it all out…oops…so no ironing that stuff next time!! I also think that I could use regular elastic, which I find easier to work with. If I can find the right fabric, I’d love to use this pattern to make a pair of long underwear type leggings to wear under ski pants. You must be able to buy capilene somewhere, right? Helen’s Closet recently released the Avery leggings pattern – and it got me wondering if I need that pattern too! I mean, what if the Avery is better? Or just different? But I’ve already put the work into printing and taping and tracing the Sloan pattern, not to mention making a ‘wearable muslin’! Should I add a crotch gusset to the Sloan’s or use a pattern that has that built into the design? One thing I know for sure, there are some cool Avery’s popping up out there in all sorts of fun colors providing ample legging inspiration, no matter what pattern you choose. How about a pair of bright blue leggings (like Leslie made)? Or some amazing neon coral ones!

Lounging in my Super Comfy Hudson’s!

mmm…is there anything better than a super soft and slouchy pair of Hudson pants?

Hudson pants-1

Hudson pants-2

This is the second pair of Hudson’s I’ve made – the first were made from some plaid jersey and are decidedly pajamas – and I’ve wanted to make a pair that I could wear outside of the house ever since. I found this luscious rayon-spandex french terry just before Christmas and knew they’d make a super comfy something…turns out it was the perfect fabric for the Hudson pattern! I used a scrap of charcoal jersey for the pocket accents and a drawstring from an old pair of sweats that I had in my stash.

Hudson pants_waistband

Hudson pants_pocket

Hudson pants_sideview

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this pattern – it’s another quick and easy sew, and pretty hard to go wrong. I lengthened these by 2 inches (thinking that they’d be too short), but it turns out that I should have left them as originally drafted. After I tried these on I realized that I made this mistake last time too – I ended up chopping off the extra 2″ last time, but this time I just left it on. If you look closely, you can see that I’ve rolled them up in some of these pictures. I could go back and shorten them at some point, but I probably won’t…because they are perfectly good slouchy joggers as is and I’m lazy that way:)

Hudson pants-4


Sloan Leggings

Pattern: Sloan leggings by Hey June, view A
Size: XL, regular inseam
Adjustments: shortened 1 inch at hem
Fabric: polyester-spandex from Fabric Outlet

Hudson Pants

Pattern: Hudson Pant by True Bias
Size: 16
Adjustments: lengthened 2″ (but shouldn’t have!)
Fabric: rayon-spandex french terry from Fabric Outlet

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