Friday, December 17, 2021

Elevated Loungewear - Style Arc Joan Top and McCall's 7786 Pull-on Pants

Googling the phrase elevated lounge wear will result in a multitude of articles and images showing this trend.

It appears many of us, including me, have settled into a wardrobe that favors comfort. That's why I decided to sew my own elevated lounge wear look for a recent women's event at my church. 

Stretch Black Velvet in a Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 Pull on Pants worn by Sharon Sews
This fabric was an impulse buy. I was in Hobby Lobby picking up buttons for some mug rugs I was sewing and saw that the holiday fabric collection was marked 50% off. I rarely purchase fabric from Hobby Lobby, but this black stretch velvet - with glitter - caught my eye. I bought four yards planning to sew a jumpsuit.

Stretch Black Velvet in a Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 Pull on Pants worn by Sharon Sews

Once I was home, busy tracing out the jumpsuit pattern from a BurdaStyle magazine, I came to my senses. I don't wear jumpsuits. Why was I planning to sew one? 

I sewed one last year, and the only time I wore it was to take pictures for Instagram.  I didn't want to waste my time sewing something that would only be worn once.

Stretch Black Velvet in a Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 Pull on Pants worn by Sharon Sews

I quickly changed course, and pulled out two patterns I've sewn before that I liked (and I knew fit).  The Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 pull-on-pants.

I blogged about the Joan top previously - here

The McCall's pants I have sewn many times and I put a video review together showing seven of them in different fabrics on YouTube (here)

The sewing went quick, because both were TNT (tried and true) patterns for me. 

On the top, I sewed a size 12, raised the neckline 1", shortened the top 1-1/2", and eliminated the wide hem facing.   

Black Stretch Velvet StyleArc Joan Woven Top on Sharon Sews

I'm typically a size 16 in McCall's pants. These pants have a flat front waistband, front side pockets, and back elastic.

I didn't realize until I was done that I should have sized down due to using a stretch fabric. I kept pulling the pants up at the event :-).  I can make the back elastic smaller so they fit better. 

Stretch Black Velvet in a Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 Pull on Pants worn by Sharon Sews

Once I was done sewing the top and pants, I couldn't help but wonder if I had just sewn myself a fancy pair of pajamas.  That's why I styled it with necklaces and sequin booties and decided to call it elevated lounge wear!  I received multiple compliments the night of event and at the park while taking photographs. 

Stretch Black Velvet in a Style Arc Joan Woven Top and McCall's 7786 Pull on Pants worn by Sharon Sews

I felt good wearing it at the event, and was comfortable the entire evening, which involved a lot of sitting. By sewing separates, I'll get much more wear out of this look, especially the top which looks great with jeans and booties.

So tell me, are you a fan of the elevated lounge wear trend? 

Blessings!


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2 comments:

  1. Interesting trend in fashion, for sure. Your project looks elegant most likely because of the fabric you chose. It does look comfortable too.

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  2. Super cool and looks very comfy :)

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