Our Favourite Indie Loungewear ‘Tops and Bottoms’ sewing patterns : #sewtogetherloungewear

Did you see the #sewtogetherloungewear Challenge post? It contains all the details of this pared back mini-sewing challenge replacing this years’ #sewtogtherforsummer whilst we say home, stay safe and, hopefully, find time to sew. If you’re looking to sew yourself comfy, here’s our loungewear sewing pattern picks – tops and bottoms – just waiting for you to make them your own! Where possible, we’re showcasing the patterns as made by our fellow makers to help give you a feel for how they work in the ‘wild’ 😉

You could also check out the #sewtogetherloungewear hashtag page to see what everyone else has been making!

NB if you’re reading this on your ‘phone, you will get a better viewing experience if you hold it sideways/horizontally!

Here’s our picks, starting with …


One of Suzy’s most made and worn patterns is the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios, designed for stretch fabrics.  If you check out the #lindensweatshirt tag on Instagram you will see over 10,000 posts and so much inspiration! This is one Suzy made showcasing how it’s a great way to use up different fabric scraps!

photo credit : @sewing_in_spain

(If you’d like a tutorial on sizing that neckband, taking into account the stretch percentage of your fabric, I’ve a quick tutorial within this post here).

Photo credit : @sewsarahsmith

If you like the raglan sleeve look but prefer to work with woven fabrics, you might consider the Kingfisher Top by Sewing Revival; it has different sleeve lengths and can look really ‘dressy’ whilst still comfortable enough to allow chilling on the sofa!

Photo credit : @thesewingrevival

Right now hugs are especially welcome, so what could be better than this Made It Patterns Hug Hoodie?! There’s a crew neck option too, and we’ve seen some great versions online with contrast bands.  Made It Patterns have loads of other loungewear patterns too, including designs for children. (Also scroll down to see how well it pairs with their Slow Pants!)

Photo credit : @madeit_patterns and @arianwen_jv

The Halifax Hoodie by Hey June is a real winner of a pattern – comprising 5 different variations and lots of colour blocking potential! As always with Hey June patterns, it is very well drafted and can be either a full zip up or a funnel neck pullover…we love the Kangaroo pockets! (You can read my full review of it here)

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If you want more of a toasty sweater type top, the Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater in two versions might be right up your street. Depending on your fabric, this can be a relaxed or a quite dressed-up look.  Suzy has made a mix of the two versions in a knitted fabric. 

Photo credit : @sewing_in_spain

We’ve none of us made this, yet, but love the look of the Orono Top by Itch to Stitch – it looks so comfortable and it’s a little bit different with that longer line crossover. Kennis at Itch to Stitch has a good range of jersey top patterns.

Photo credit : @bursting.at.the.seams

Tessuti patterns reflect the Aussie relaxed vibe with loads of comfortable top patterns including two fabulous freebies:  the famous Mandy Boat Tee and the Monroe Roll Neck (just make sure you use a knit with a lot of s-t-r-e-t-c-h and some drape for these!)

Photo credit : @tessutifabrics

Monika, Suzy and I have all made Tessuti’s Brigitte Top which is a more fitted boatneck top designed for knits. In fact Monika has made about 6,000,000.

Photo credit : @sewsarahsmith and @rocco.sienna

Maven recently launched a really stylish jersey top with a bang-on trend statement sleeve option: The Somerset Top. If you wore this for a video conference with comfy trousers, no one would know you were really wearing secret pyjamas!

Photo credit : @mavenpatterns

Another comfortable favourite, which still looks dressed up, is the Adrienne Blouse, a knit top with billowy sleeves from the Friday Patterns Company.

Photo credit : @sewing_in_spain

Friday also have a new unisex T-shirt pattern called The Sunday V Neck and it’s free!

Photo credit : @fridaypatterncompany

Another great free pattern comes form one of our favourite designers, French Navy, a the classic short sleeve T-shirt pattern, The Stellan Tee.

Photo credit : @the_german_edge

If you’re looking for versatility, the casual Merlo Field Tee from Sewhouse 7 has three different sleeve lengths and two necklines…best of all are those contrast stripes which are perfect for using up scraps.

Photo credit : @sewhouse7


One of the stars in this category has to be the True Bias Hudson PantsThese relaxed drawstring pants for midweight jersey (with a decent amount of stretch) are hugely popular, plus there is a pattern for men and children as well as women. (I’ve also made them into PJ bottoms paired with the Linden Sweatshirt see here).

Photo credit : @wis_g

Leggings sewing pattern

There are a number of Leggings patterns out there but in our opinion the very best are arguably the Avery Leggings by Helen’s Closet.   They are comfortable for lounging around, never need pulling up, and have plenty of movement for yoga or other sports. (You can see my full review here).

Photo credit : @sewsarahsmith

If you fancy a wider leg and smooth waistline, these Slow Pants by Made it Patterns might be what you are looking for. We love the optional stripe and can just imagine them in stretch velvet! They pair great with the Hug Hoodie as brilliantly demonstrated here!

Photo credit : @stringsews


The Joan Trousers by The Friday Pattern Company look like dressy trousers, but they are made of stretch fabric and are immensely comfortable.

Photo credit : @hportemanteau

Another perfect lounging trouser pattern which gives the impression of serious effort having been made is The Calyer Pants by French Navy.  These can be made in either woven or knit fabric, have a flattering flat or pleated front and an elasticated back. The side seams are moved towards the centre front with inseam pockets.

Photo credit : @katilulemakes and @sewing_in_spain

The Free-Range Slacks by Sewhouse Seven come in two size ranges, with the upper range going up to US 34.  You can choose between a wide leg or a tapered leg, and both versions have front slash pockets and side panels.

Photo credit : @sewhouse7

The Fremantle Pants by Elbe Textiles are a unisex, relaxed fit, elasticated-waist trouser pattern.  Suzy made these recently in linen for her husband, Westy, and both love the professional finish on the pocket, topstitching and the tapered leg. Suzy would like to stress that their colour was his idea!

Photo credit : @sewing_in_spain

Last but by no means least is the Emerson Crop Pants by True Bias – a pull-on pant with an elasticated back and a flattering flat front waistband; available as mid or high rise and can also be made into shorts!

Photo Credit : @threadstaylors

Hope you enjoyed the post and feel inspired to sew yourself comfortable! Suzy x

There’s so many great patterns I now want to add to my sewing queue! What are you planning to sew first? Monika x

Do any of these strike your fancy? Do you have a favourite tried-n-tested loungewear pattern we haven’t mentioned? Don’t forget, you can check what other loungewear patterns people are sewing for the Challenge by checking out the new Challenge hashtag page!

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11 thoughts on “Our Favourite Indie Loungewear ‘Tops and Bottoms’ sewing patterns : #sewtogetherloungewear”

  1. What a great post! The Kingfisher is ‘new’ to me…it’s really cute! I may add that to my list.

    Also, I loved seeing Helene’s Joan Trousers on Instagram. Seeing them now is a great reminder to put this pattern on my list!!

    Not much to add except my Jeanne T-Shirt is a staple. Having said that, I want to try the Stellan Tee by Fench Navy.

    And finally…I’ve been wearing my Amy Jumpsuit by Closet Case Patterns a lot. It’s so easy to wear, but I feel a bit fancy in it!


  2. Lots of new-to-me patterns here and some good ones I alreaday know 😉 Thanks for the mention!


  3. Lots of good ideas for these lock down times, quite a few of them are on my wish list so now is as good a time as any!
    Thanks also for the mention.

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  4. Thanks for the mention, there are quite a few on my wish list so I guess now is as good a time as any!


  5. oh gosh baking is such fun too isn’t it! I love the Hudson’s (though I need to make sure I give myself enough calf room!) but i agree the Kingfisher looks so nice too! maybe both?? xx


  6. The Kingfisher top looks really nice and perhaps the time has come for the Hudson pants ( but need to stop baking cakes or the sizing might not work for me 🤭

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