Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Quarantine Leisure Suit: Mel and Rio

Another work from home ensemble, but of a very different variety from the one I made last week!

In addition to a fabulous caftan, I decided that I also needed a lounge-worthy leisure suit of some sort.

I seem to have no non-pajama lounge pants (besides a couple ancient, stretched out, faded yoga-esque pants from Old Navy purchased before I got into sewing). And that's been a problem.

After seeing some positive reviews of the Seamwork Mel jogger pattern (on the Curvy Sewing Collective as well as Sheila, who has made like 19 pairs), I decided to give it a go!

Note: I am a Seamwork Ambassador, which means I received a one-year subscription in exchange for sewing up 10 of their patterns and providing some feedback to Seamwork about their patterns, articles, etc. If you use this link, you can get a little discount if you decide to purchase from Seamwork.

I'm between Seamwork's two size ranges. Although for my Joss pants I went with a size 16, for these Mel joggers, I chose size 18 because I had read some reviews that they were slim fitting. I don't really like tight knit pants (unless they're leggings).

Worked pretty well, although I have a bit of crotch weirdness... not sure if that's pattern or fabric or both!

For the main pant, I used some charcoal grey nubby cotton jersey I bought in Bangkok at my favorite knit-by-the-kilo shop. I don't think it has lycra in it, so it's not super stretchy. It's got a cool texture, with little golden, rust and cream nubbins throughout. In retrospect, it might be a little bit lightweight for pants...

I decided to use some black ribbing from my stash for the waistband and cuffs for a bit of contrast and because I wanted the cuffs to be stretchy for comfort.

I used my own single-layer pocket method by binding the front pant leg pocket edge with the ribbing and then topstitching the pocket to the front leg of the pants.

While I was making my Mels, I realized that the fabrics would work well for a coordinating t-shirt using the True Bias Rio Ringer T-shirt pattern!

I was a tester for the Rio Ringer pattern, so I received a copy of the pattern for free in exchange for my feedback on the pattern. This version is made from the final pattern, though.

My Rio is a size 16 graded to 18 at the hip. I opted for the size 16 in the larger size range, which is drafted for a D-cup.

I'm happy with the fit on my Rio, although I think I might give myself a small full bicep adjustment next time, as I find the sleeves a little snug. They tend to migrate towards my armpit.

I don't know if I'll really wear these two pieces together, but it was fun to make a matching suit! I think the Rio will pair well with other items in my Meg-made wardrobe, and the Mel joggers have already proven comfy for days bumming around the house.


  1. I really like these two pieces worn together. You look great! I think the black ribbing gives the outfit a one-piece look. Perhaps a black knit Seamwork chip would be a super completer piece. Made one to go with true bias hudson pants and stylearc bob pants. My summer wardrobe!

  2. Meg, this is so cute! I'm wondering if the doubled up gray is why you don't feel like you'll wear both together often. It maybe your brain is thinking work overalls or prison garb 😄😄😄