Winter dressing has always been hard for me, even when I left the house. My winter WFH wardrobe has been not-really-matching joggers and warm tops and I was so, so tired of all of them. So I wanted to make a spring equivalent of all my summer jumpsuits that made me feel so pulled together: A sweatsuit.

I did debate just buying one from Big Bud Press–they’re ethically made in the US, they’re hand dyed, they looked high quality. But I didn’t want to deal with the high demand nor trying to find my size, nor did I really want to spend $200 on sweats.

So I found some mystery French terry on Fashion Fabrics Club and used the Greenstyle Brassie Joggers and their newest Bianca Pullover for the hoodie (a great pattern; I will pretty much buy and make anything they release at this point). I coverstitched the hell out of it and was really pleased with myself….

…until I tried it on.

Granted, this isn’t “modeled” but…I just don’t feel cool, like I thought I would, and I’m trying to figure out why. Is it because my fabric was thin and soft and so it feels like pajamas? Is it too drapey and lightweight so the hoodie just feels big, vs stylishly oversized?  Is it that the tie dye is a print, not an actual dye? Am I just Too Old to wear something like this, even at home?

I don’t know what’s wrong with it, but as an outfit, this wasn’t great. So I’m thinking of it as a wearable muslin test of that hoodie pattern, in which case it’s a great success. And of course, it wasn’t $200; just a few hours of my time.