Functional and Comfy Pants?! You Can Have Both!
This pattern could very much be the only pants pattern you need! It has SEW many options! If you have ever wondered what type of fabric to sew functional yet comfy pants out of then you are in the right place. Some of you may remember that I made this pattern a while back in some gorgeous stretch velvet. You can read about that here. In this post I’m going to show you 2 of the other pants styles you can make with this same pattern. Plus, I will have links to where I got each fabric in case you want to make some too!
Let me tell you a little about the Pattern.
In case you aren’t familiar with this awesome pattern here’s a little information about it.
- Meant for knit fabrics
- Five styles included: plain leggings, moto leggings, bootcut yoga pants, straight cut yoga pants, and joggers
- All styles feature a shaped back yoke
- Front slash pockets for the yoga pants & joggers
- Hidden waistband pocket for the leggings
Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Depending on your size and what view you chose to make, you will need anywhere from 1 ¾ – 2 ¼ yards of knit fabric. Suitable knit fabrics for the two views I show in this post are:
Joggers & Yoga Bottoms: light to medium weight knit fabrics with at least 25%,
2-way stretch such as french terry, ponte, cotton/lycra, jersey blends and double
As a side note,this pattern pairs perfectly with the La Bella Donna shirt pattern by Love Notions.
French Terry makes the Softest Joggers!
What is French terry fabric? Let me tell you!
French terry is a versatile knit fabric with soft loops on the inside and a smooth surface on the outside. This knit has a soft, warm texture you’ll recognize from your comfiest sweatshirts to athleisure joggers as well as loungewear. French terry can be medium to heavy weight; lighter than cold-weather sweatpants but heavier than your typical t-shirt.
The great thing about French terry fabric is it gets better with age. I used to assume it would be too hot of a fabric to wear here in the desert where I live so I avoided it until recently. My assumptions may have been wrong though as these French terry joggers are plenty cool for me. Girl Charlee is all out of this exact French terry but they have some similar striped fabric here.
If you know me at all you will recognize that I rarely sew a pattern exactly as directed. I tend to stray just a smidge. I made the jogger view without the band around the ankle. I don’t always want an ankle band so I opted to lengthen the legs by 2 ½ inches and do a 1 inch hem instead. It also has the yoga waistband (my favorite) in some contrasting gray cotton jersey knit and POCKETS! I absolutely love the front slash pockets! What’s the point in making your own clothes if you don’t add pockets, right!?
For the pocket bag I used the same gray cotton jersey knit as the waistband because I was concerned that the pockets might be too bulky if I made them entirely out of French terry.
Scuba Knit is Comfy and Versatile
Scuba knit? What in the world is scuba knit?!
If you’re like me, when you hear the word “Scuba” you immediately think of wetsuits. However, scuba knit is not used to make wetsuits for scuba divers. Instead, it is mostly used to make dancewear, skirts, and dresses. Or in my case, straight leg yoga pants!
Scuba fabric is a type of double knit made from polyester and spandex, with a very fine gauge thread. This wonderful fabric has a soft grainy “crepe” texture on its surface with a smooth scuba-like texture on the backside of the fabric.. It’s a little springy, very smooth and has a nice drape to it. Fabric Wholesale Direct has so many different color options for scuba knit. That’s where I usually get mine.
Although scuba isn’t directly mentioned by name for this pattern it is a great option for someone wanting structured, low maintenance pants. Low maintenance because this fabric doesn’t wrinkle. Some Resolution pants made in this fabric would be perfect office attire but still be comfy as sweat pants. This straight leg view has the yoga waistband and of course the front slash pockets. You can throw this on with a comfy blazer like the Metra Blazer and no one knows it’s secret pajamas.
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Enjoyed the project?
- French Terry fabric
- Scuba fabric
- Jersey fabric
- 3/8 inch elstic
- Coordinating thread
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