Cara’s Makes: The Mile End Sweatshirt and Plateau Joggers By Closet Core Patterns
Casual wear, loungewear, and comfortable clothing have been the order of the day for millions more people in the past two years than any of us could ever have imagined! So when Closet Core Patterns released the Plateau Joggers and the Mile End Sweatshirt; as part of their Montreal Loungewear Collection, it was perfectly timed to meet the needs of our current requirements for stylish but easy to wear clothes.
Described by Closet Core Patterns as an ‘elevated take on classic knit jogging pants’ the Plateau joggers have a high rise, a unique wrap-around pocket, and a comfy elastic waist. They also have an option for shorts with a gently scalloped hem, optional back pockets can be added to either view.
I was particularly drawn to the Mile End Sweatshirt. ‘A modern take on a classic wardrobe staple’. The options include a crew neck with a band neckband, this option can have a tie added in the front waistband that adds an additional feature, drawing the waist in. View C is a hoodie with a crossover front and kangaroo pocket. Both views include a curved back yoke and a two-piece sleeve that has darts that create wonderful shaping.
The combination of views and options offers a perfect solution for the variable summer we have been having! Both patterns call for stretch fabrics. French Terry, Ponte, and double knits with at least 15% stretch. Choosing a lighter-weight jersey offers a great layering opportunity for this time of year, coupled with the shorts it makes the perfect outfit for warmer days that may still have a fresh breeze.
I opted to make View C in the Mile End Sweatshirt, In addition, I added the waist tie to the front band. I wanted to define the waist a little especially as my bust size is on the larger side, a boxy shape doesn’t always suit that profile, and I wanted to explore the tie detail. I love a co-ord set and I was drawn to the idea of a summer set. I therefore, elected to make the shorts, a really comfortable and useful addition to my summer leisurewear.
I used a lightweight Ponte, a 3m length was just enough to create the hoodie and shorts. I had looked at a number of reviews, all reflected the oversize nature of the pattern, I made a size 12, one size down from my body measurements in order to achieve a closer fit.
The Closet Core instructions are always really clear, and these were no exception. The hood on the Mile End Sweatshirt is created by folding the pattern piece in two, this creates a hood with no central seam. The hood is unlined, something to be aware of in the construction process as the front edge of the hood and the v-neck is a single fold and top stitched in place, it’s important to be accurate in your cutting and top stitching. You may also want to consider how you finish your seams as these will be on show. I choose a contrasting overlock thread in order to feature the seams. The assembly of the front cross over, and the use of the kangaroo pocket to cover the stitching line is really clever and leaves a neat finish.
The sleeves are in two pieces with darts that create shaping and a unique styling feature:
The sweatshirt is rated 2/5 in terms of difficulty on the pattern envelope, I really enjoyed the construction process, especially with the new techniques I learned from the hood, v-neck and front waist band ties. The pattern is perfect for confident beginners.
The Plateau shorts have a construction technique that I had not experienced before; and initially it did have me scratching my head. I needn’t have worried, the unique wrap around pocket comes together really quickly. Simply following the instructions and not my head was the solution! It’s a design feature that may go unnoticed, but the side seam starts below the pocket; a lovely smooth look:
I added back pockets to my shorts, I like the retro look that they add, they are also a good size. My body measurements matched a size 14, in hindsight I could have sized down, overall I like the look, but they could have been smaller. I like the stitch detail on the elastic waistband, not only is it a nice feature, but it means your elastic won’t move around or become twisted.
I can see many more versions of the Montreal Lounge Collection in my wardrobe, I didn’t explore the colour blocking options, the back yoke, sleeve and bottom bands lend themselves to opportunities to mix and match, including stash busting chances for smaller pops of colour you may have left in your fabric stash.
I have worn this combination endlessly since making it, some of the creases in the photo reflect this, as I literally had to take it off to take the photographs!
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