It’s been a year of pajamas and loungewear around the world, so it was a no brainer for me to sign up to test the Wynwood Robe and Sleep Shorts from Liesl + Co a few months ago!
The first thing that caught my eye with this pattern, was the shorts — I have always loved the Class Picnic Shorts from Oliver+S and loved the idea of making the adult size for me!
This is a “two in one” pattern – so you get both the robe and shorts bundled together. And while it’s marketed as a sleepwear pattern, you can definitely wear both patterns separately as normal out of the house clothes! The robe makes a great duster cardigan (imagine it in silk or with a beautiful trim around it), and the shorts can be worn as normal shorts too. Pattern is available in both digital and paper formats. The nice thing about the paper Oliver+S use for their patterns is that it’s fairly thick, unlike the tissue you get from Big 4 patterns.
And also, apologies for crummy photos. I really suck with indoor shots 🙈
The robe has a shawl-collar and can easily be lengthened or shortened. You can make it with French Terry cotton poplin, rayon, or silk. The shorts have an elasticized waist and curved shaping with an outer facing that can be made in a contrast fabric. They can be made with cotton poplin, oxford, linen, or rayon/silk.
I had trouble sourcing lightweight fabric from my normal places online, so in the end I opted for a satin for the robe. I did find this to be way too heavy though, so I would definitely suggest a very lightweight satin if you go that route. This is one of those times, I think, where online can be very tricky to source from unless you know exactly what the substrate is like.
I really enjoyed the construction on these patterns, particularly for the shorts. The seams are completely enclosed around the waistband and contrast band through some clever construction methods. Given that they were sleep shorts, I didn’t make any size changes after making my muslin, though after wearing them a bit, I wish I had a bit more space in the butt. So I may size up next time (and redo my measurements because… covid. pounds. lack of exercise. It catches up, sigh).
The pattern I received for testing didn’t include belt loops, but I notice in Liesl’s pictures that these have been included now. I would definitely recommend including them so you’re not dropping your belt all the time ;-).
Overall time taken to make these was 5 hours for the robe and 2 hours for the shorts. My husband asked where I bought the robe, so that must be a good sign! The pattern is rated as 2/4 scissors – advanced beginner – and I found this to be accurate.
Disclosure: I received a pre-release version of this pattern in order to test it. Opinions are 100% my own.