So I’ve been having a bit of a nightmare this week here at Nerdy Sewist HQ. The freezing temperatures in the UK led to one of our pipes bursting and that has meant we’ve had to do without a washing machine while we wait for a plumber to come. Luckily, I can sew and have enough fabric to clothe the whole Von Trapp family so creating comfortable lounge clothes is something that isn’t a massive hassle.
Rather than make more Four Seasons, I’ve been looking for some different patterns to try. After the success of the other Brindille & Twig patterns I’ve tried this month, I decided to give the Brindille & Twig Lounge Pants pattern a try. Spoiler alert: they’re amazing!
What I Loved
- The PDF pattern is seamless and really easy to stick together.
- The pattern comes with layers so you can choose to only print your size
- There are two different leg length options – full leg and capri
- Only two pattern pieces are required – I’m all for the simple life!
- I learned how to insert a drawstring
- The finished garment is incredibly flattering – way more so than the Four Seasons pattern.
What Wasn’t So Great
- This pattern is only available in sizes XS to XXL. I’d love for patterns to be more accessible for a wider range of body sizes, especially when they’re so flattering on plus size bodies.
- I’m only 5’2″ and these lounge pants are quite long. I had to take them up quite a bit after constructing them. It would be useful to have been provided with the length information – and the best place to shorten the pattern – prior to cutting.
- I got quite confused with the way these lounge pants are constructed and opted to ignore the instructions and make them in the way I understand. While photos are provided for each step, I do think it would be helpful if the right and wrong side of the fabrics were easier to differentiate, which they aren’t in these photos.
Tips for Next Time
- Shorten the pattern pieces prior to cutting out to account for my small legs
- Invest in some eyelets for the drawstring and attempt to make my own drawstring for a better finish.
Despite the few issues I mentioned above, I really like this pattern. The completed garment is really flattering on my body and really comfortable to wear as well. I think I’ll definitely make at least one more pair of these up – in a plain fabric next time – to wear around the house during the day. I might also make a pair in the capri length for spring/summer.
The Brindille and Twig Lounge Pants can be made in size XS to XXL. They require a medium weight jersey (1.5 yards for the full length and 1.25 yards for capri), and a 60″ drawstring. Eyelets are optional but I think they would give a better finish. The PDF version of the Brindille & Twig Lounge Pants can be purchased from their website for $9.00.