New Horizon's Maui & Lanai Sleepwear
Pattern Stats: Maui Tank & Cami
Pattern designer: New Horizon's Patterns
Pattern level: 5/10 tank
Time start to finish: 3 hours
Suggested fabrics: 4 way knits such as DBP, cotton lycra, bamboo
My fabric: cotton lycra from Knitpop
Options: racerback, regular or cami, optional shelf bra, optional ruching
Price: On sale for $7, regular price of $9.95
Pattern Stats: Lanai Loungers
Pattern designer: New Horizon's Patterns
Pattern level: 1/10 pants
Time start to finish: 45 minutes
Suggested fabrics: woven light to medium weight
My fabric: rayon poly blend
Options: shorts, fitted leg capri or long, straight long, optional drawstring, optional front or back pockets, optional shelf bra
Price: On sale for $7, regular price $9.95
My latest pattern test is one that honestly surprised me. I don't prefer to wear pajamas but have a few well worn ready-to-wear items in my closet. I have a coral cami with shelf bra that I use for sleepwear that desperately needs replaced. The Maui cami is even better than the tank I'm replacing!
My RTW tank is made with FOE straps which you can also use with the Maui. I prefer the binding straps from the Maui though as they are more comfortable. My Maui is made using all black cotton lycra from Knitpop. I purchased 10 yards of this fabric a few months ago because they offer a 20% discount when purchasing 10+ yards of a single fabric. (Also, if you didn't know this, it's amazing! I buy solids in bulk now because it drops the price so much!)
I chose to include the optional shelf bra in my Maui cami too. Mostly because I love wearing a shelf bra cami around the house in the mornings. There are instructions on how to lengthen or shorten the shelf bra height based on your bust size difference. I'd definitely recommend doing this. I didn't at first and ended up adjusting mine later. The reason it makes such a difference is that it affects where the elastic will end up and form to your body. When my shelf bra was too long, it pulled my breasts flatter rather than supporting them. Once I made the change of shortening it 1/2" like in the directions I felt and saw an immediate change in fit. In none of these photos am I wearing a bra. The shelf bra is holding my C cup up perfectly. Also note, I used cotton lycra for the shelf bra as well. If you'd like more support you could use power net or athletic knit instead.
Now I was very apprehensive of the binding on this cami. I've only ever successfully used binding one time before. In the past I've found my coverstitch skipped stitches and overstretched while stitching. Since I've changed to a Juki Coverstitch, I don't have these issues anymore. I found the binding went on beautifully. One tip is to match your stitching color with the fabric. If you are using a contrasting thread color your stitches will be more visible and hide flaws less. I'm by no means saying my binding stitches were straight but they worked. Since I used black thread on black fabric you can't see the wonkiness at all.
These Lanai Loungers are the straight leg version made from a woven blend. I purchased this fabric from Walmart so know little about the content. What I was drawn to about the fabric is how silky it feels and how beautifully it drapes. In testing I made a pair with a heavy weight fleece and knew immediately I would prefer more drape.
The Lanai Loungers has an option for shorts or slim capri or pants as well. It's finished with an elastic waistband and can have a drawstring added. There are pocket options too. I choose not to add pockets to most items as my phone is so heavy it would pull them down.
As part of the sleepwear set there is also the Kauai Coverup. This is a FREE pattern with the code found in the New Horizons Facebook Group. The Maui Tank & Cami and Lanai Loungers are on sale for $7 each through June 30th, 2019. Buy them individually or in a bundle linked here for $14. It's the same price per pattern individually or in the bundle. Also, New Horizons just announced a 30% off sale with code NH25K at checkout. Shop the site here. Some of my favorites they offer are the Tami Hoodie, Summit Peak Hoodie (for kids, women and/or men) and the Pierside Pencil Skirt. This code is not valid on new release patterns or bundles.
Below are the Summit Peak Hoodie for kids in the front zip and non-zip versions.
Here's a couple of the Tami Hoodie's I've made too. The left is the front zip version and right is the double hood with kangaroo pocket.
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