This bit of lounge wear makes me laugh at its sheer ridiculousness, but despite it being wildly unflattering and adding a good two dress sizes to my appearance, I have worn it every day since it came off the machine on Tuesday.
I made a size medium, which turns out to be very big for a medium. I want to say the bust measures about 45″ or 46″ — really, much bigger than I would ordinarily sew for myself. But I wanted to be able to pull on this thing over whatever I happened to be wearing — in this photo, it’s sweat pants and a worsted sweater, not that you can see them. But that ought to give you an idea of how big and roomy this is: big enough to wear over bulky clothes and still look loose. I swear, it adds 20 pounds to my frame.
And I don’t care how puffy and huge and silly it looks. This thing is so incredibly warm and cozy that I have been wearing it nonstop around the house since I finished it. I come in from the cold, take off my wool topcoat and boots, and zip into this thing. My house is cold (though we just had new windows installed on the two front rooms, and the house is appreciably warmer now — still cold, just no longer igloo cold, more like the interior of a refrigerator than the interior of a freezer). So I’ve sewn quite a few fleece garments here recently in a desperate attempt to stay warm without wearing a hat and coat — which I’ve been known to do. I really do hate this house.
In any case…
The pattern is Simplicity 1731, a gigantic unisex all-sizes thing for small children through very large men. It covers everyone in the family, even the dog, in a warm blanket of fleecy goodness. See for yourself.
Check out the shape of the hood on the dog’s romper. See how pointy it is? The human versions are pointy like that, too, and that’s really my only issue with this pattern. Next time, I’ll change the shape of that hood so it’s more rounded. You know, like an actual human head.
I think I might make another one. I’m already dreading the thought of having to take this one off long enough to launder it, so a second one might be a boon to health and hygiene. Unfortunately, the only other fleece I have in stash right now is snowy white, and the thought of wearing this in white — gack. Can you imagine? I would look like this guy, except without the jaunty cap and scarf.
Not a good look. I’m willing to laugh at myself, as the gray version proves, but even I would lose my sense of humor while wearing this thing in white. So I think I’ll just make do with this one until I’m willing to go fabric shopping again. After seeing the yardage total from my recent stash inventory, that could take a while!
So that’s another 4 yards out of the stash, making my yardage-out total since 12/1/14 a little over 30 yards. That’s a good start!
What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever made for yourself?