Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tried and Tested: Apple Loungewear by Shwin and Shwin

Whew - after having a week of weather in the 80s and 90s, we've gone back to good ole' Seattle rain and grey skies.  It's starting to feel like fall for sure!  My favorite thing about fall (well, besides pumpkin flavored everything!) is comfort - comfort food, snuggling up on the couch with a comfy blanket, and of course, comfy clothes.  Sometimes, a girl just wants to throw on her leggings and an oversized sweatshirt and relax!  The Apple Loungewear set by Shwin and Shwin Designs is perfect for that!

This is another pattern from Shwin & Shwin's fall line - definitely check the whole line out because it's all adorable and super comfy!

The Apple Loungewear Pattern is two pieces - leggings with a fold-over waistband, and an oversized sweatshirt that has some cute options to really make it fun.  I love when basics come with options - it adds more style!

My oldest LOVES this outfit and has worn it 4 times in the week since I sewed it up...that says a lot, right?  She loves comfy clothes, but as I mentioned in my Paperback Writer review, she's getting older and to the point where she wants to look cute and stylish.  This set is really perfect for that!

I chose to make the hi-lo version and add the side pockets - perfect to keep hands warm or store tiny treasures.  I used a velvety soft velour from Hobby Lobby.  It's from their fall line and is on sale right now, too!  Go get some!  I used soft black ribbing for the neckline, hem, and cuffs, and then just a black cotton jersey for the leggings. 

As you can see, the top is oversized - lots of length and width for maximum comfort!  The whole outfit came together in about 2 hours, and the directions were really clear and easy.  I think this is a great pattern for someone who has sewn with knits, but would like to get more adventurous.

The size 8 is pretty true to size in terms of length and width - just remember that the top is oversized for a reason ;-)

The Details:
Pattern: Apple Loungewear by Shwin and Shwin
Size tested: 8
Fabric used: cotton knits from Hobby Lobby
Overall thoughts: Very good instructions, easy to follow.  Good pattern for an advanced beginner, especially someone new to knits, as there are some great tips.


  1. What a cute outfit, I love the chevron printed top paired with the leggings. You certainly have a future model on your handles, that first picture shows her attitude look for the runway. It is so well sewn and looks great on her!