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The one I made for lounging

Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweatshirt in comfy Ponte knit

I always love to sew things that fill a need in my wardrobe, and this is my loungey/slouchy/comfy Jarrah – for those days when I’m just hanging out doing absolutely nothing. It’s funny thinking you might need to sew something for staying home and not going anywhere. So often I feel like I want to sew really interesting statement pieces, that are fun to show friends. But I think it makes sense to sew where the gaps are. And surprisingly – I had a lounging gap ;) I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I really love to wear Chris’ sweaters around the house when it’s cold or I feel sick. I don’t know if it’s the size, or the fabric – but I they’re awesome. I realised I really needed my own lazying at home attire. Something mine, with the same comforting feeling.

Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweatshirt in comfy Ponte knit

This is the Jarrah sweater I made to fill that gap! I lengthened the pattern by 10cm for that extra slouchy look and I’m really happy with that choice, it gives it a very relaxed vibe. The fabric is a super soft ponte knit that I had in stash and since I didn’t have matching ribbing hanging around I used self fabric for cuffs, hem band and neck band. I actually really like how much subtlety this adds to the sweater.

If I was going to make a complaint about this make, it would be the thread I used in my overlocker. I couldn’t decide between pink and red (the closest colours in my stash) and couldn’t see the point in buying maroon overlocker thread for one sweater. I ended up using the rose pink, and I really don’t like how it looks when the seams are stretched. If you’re nitpicky like me you might be able to see it in the image below. It’s a small thing, but details matter to me. Having said that, I know it’s likely i’m probably just blowing it out of proportion. What do you think?

Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweatshirt in comfy Ponte knit

I’m wearing it here with my Ash slim leg jeans with stepped hem – by now you probably think I live in them. You wouldn’t be wrong ;) These have definitely been my most worn pair of jeans, and I don’t really see that changing. I judge the comfort level of jeans by whether you can nap in them without feeling like you need to change (yes I’ve thought about this A LOT) and this pair beats all the rest. They are so so soft – the stretch denim from Potter’s is awesome. This post has probably left you with the impression I am spending a lot of time at home napping hehehe I wish that was the case!

Anyway, I just want to encourage you that it’s ok to sew things that aren’t flashy or exciting. Make things for you!! If you love it and it makes you feel good and you will wear it then it’s a worthy thing to make! I’m so happy that I took the time to make myself something I love, and really want to add more loungewear to my wardrobe.

Megan Nielsen Jarrah sweatshirt in comfy Ponte knit

photography by Bronnie Joel

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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4 years ago

I mostly use four mid-grey threads in my overlocker – especially when just overlooking seams sewn on the sewing machine. If I’m stitching a knit garment and making it up on e overlocker I just change the two needle threads. Maybe I’m lazy, but changing overlock threads can be a faff, and to be honest the mid- grey threads work fine with lots of colours. I bet mid-grey would have looked better than rose pink, and you could have just used normal sewing thread in burgundy in the two needles.
Great looking sweatshirt though!

4 years ago

I love this while outfit and I hear you on sewing what you need versus sewing something “cool” (whether for kudos or just to stretch yourself). Love the colour and slouchiness of the Jarrah and love the jeans. And for what it’s worth, I don’t see the thread. ?
4 years ago

Isn’t it funny how sometimes we don’t sew what we need – or want – the most! You look very cozy in your outfit; great for staying home and nice enough to go to the corner cafe for lunch.

I also want to share a thought about “fixing” the pink threads peeking through. I keep permanent ink fine tipped art markers in a bunch of colors to use on threads that show up in unwanted places. Just color the baby’s in. It leaves the pretty color inside, and covers up the outside peek throughs.