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Sageville patterns* has released a new pattern: the Violet Loungers.* It has SO. MANY. OPTIONS! I don’t know where to start. I might first just tell that this pattern comes in two size ranges: women’s (XXS-6XL) and kid’s (2T-14), and I tested both. I have made four Violet Loungers in total during the testing period: two for Miss SieBe and two for myself and I will tell you everything about it in this blog.
First, I made Mommy-and-me cuffed capris. Both have pockets and a high rise. I paired mine with a Phlox Tank,* and Miss SieBe wears a Hazelnut top,* both from Sageville Patterns. We were both in between sizes. I sized down for my own, and up for the one of Miss SieBe, which can clearly be seen in the pictures.
This shows one of the nice features of this pattern: size up, and get a more relaxed fit, to wear in and around the house – perfect in times of lockdown! – or even as PJ pants; size down and get a slimmer fit, to wear for sports for example. The fit is of course also influenced by the kind of fabric that is used. I used for all my Violet Loungers French Terry as main fabric and Cotton Spandex/Lycra for waistband and cuffs.
After the capris, I made each of us a pair of shorts. I promised Miss SieBe a second pair of shorts for her PE lessons at school and thought this would be a great pattern for that. When I made her her first, blue, pair, she already said the second pair had to be pink, and now, three months later, she was still determined to get a pink pair of shorts. So, together we searched my stash, compared all shades of pink I have, combined it with a cute CL for the waistband, and here is the result:
This time I sized down for her, and made the low rise option. I didn’t add pockets, since I don’t think these will be useful during PE. These shorts are definitely approved, so she is ready to return to school next week!
For myself I made a pair of shorts as well. I immediately knew I wanted to make the low rise option, and size up to obtain a more relaxed fit. However, I had a hard time choosing the fabric. Since I wanted to make the shorts from French Terry, I had to combine it with another fabric, because FT doesn’t have enough stretch for the waistband. After carrying piles of fabric back and forth from my stash to the living room, combining, doubting, and one night’s sleep, I decided to go out of my comfort zone and choose an animal print. I have never worn an animal print before. On the pictures I wear my previously made Bluebird Top* on my Violet shorts. I chose to add pockets and a drawstring that matches the blue color of the top’s hood.
I love the result, it is very comfortable to wear, and I like both the look and the fit of the low rise. I will definitely make more of these! I might size up one size more for the legs, to get a perfect fit for PJ shorts or use a thinner, less stable fabric. Having seen my shorts, Miss SieBe also wants “zebra pants,” for she wants to “dress up like a zebra too”. I wasn’t feeling I was dressed up like a zebra, but she can, for I have enough fabric left for her!
Now I showed what I made, I think it is time to tell what other options are possible with this pattern:
- Length options: shorts, capri, long.
- Leg finish options:
- shorts: hemmed
- capri: hemmed, cuffed (long or short cuff)
- long: tapered ankle hemmed, cuffed ankle (long or short cuff), straight leg hemmed
- Waistband: regular yoga band, fold over yoga band
- Rise: high or low
- Optional pockets
- Optional drawstring
This versatile pattern offers something for everyone! It comes with layered US letter, A4, and A0 pattern files, and detailed instructions with pictures illustrating each step. It provides everything you’ll need to make Violet Loungers as you like them.
This weekend Sageville Patterns has a special sale for mothers day, with 50% off all patterns (AND bundles!) through the whole weekend! So if you like the Bluebird,* the Phlox,* or the Hazelnut,* which I showed here, make sure to check these out as well!
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