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Jaycee's Joggers by CKC

I bought a couple of 2 yard cuts of cotton lycra a WHILE ago. I've been meaning to try my hand at making lounge pants or leggings, but just haven't. I've done all kinds of other things, and I always think I want something new that I can wear outside of the house rather than another pair of lounge pants. But the truth is, I don't actually have THAT many pairs of lounge pants! I have one pair of yoga pants, a pair of knee length yoga pants, and old pants I wore for danceline practice in high-school. I could really use more around-the-house pants. Mamas deserve lounge pants. 🀣

So... I did it! I spent a few minutes sewing up the new Jaycee's Joggers by CKC Patterns. These can be your super basic joggers (the version I did), or you have options to change them up a bit. Let me tell you all about this pattern.



About Jaycee's Joggers:

As I mentioned, you can make these joggers as basic as you would like. There are front leg, bag leg, waistband, and ankleband pattern pieces. On the front leg, you have cut lines for if you want pockets or no pockets. If you choose the pocket cutline, you'll also need to use the pattern pieces for the pockets. On the waistband, you can choose to add a drawstring or have no drawstring. If you want a drawstring, you can either use a store-bought drawstring or you can use the pattern pieces to make your own. There is also an option to add a drawstring to the ankle. This is something I haven't seen on another pattern that I can remember. Definitely a unique feature! If you choose to add the drawstring at the waist and/or the ankles, you can either use grommets or buttonholes.



My Pants: 

I mentioned that I made the basic joggers. I didn't really take the time to do any "extras" because I kind of wanted just basic joggers. I have made a few pairs of pants, but am certainly no expert when it comes to fitting, so I also wanted to get a feel for this pattern before spending too much time sewing a pair!

I made the joggers with the pockets, but with no drawstrings. I used a cotton/lycra fabric from Purple Seamstress. These pants are so comfy and easy to wear!

The pattern was very easy to put together, and it didn't take very long to sew them at all! Definitely a quick, fun, easy sew!




Fitting: 

As I mentioned, I'm no expert in fitting pants. I have made a couple of pairs of pants before, and had a great fit, but I just got lucky! Ha! I don't know much about making adjustments to patterns to get a perfect fit. I'm learning though! πŸ˜‰ So I was hopeful when I made these that they would magically fit perfectly, but I wasn't surprised when the fit wasn't perfect. We are all shaped so differently, and it's impossible to draft patterns that magically fit all body types. This is something I've learned since I started sewing!

Have you ever been to the store and tried something on, and thought "OOh No! That was cute on the hanger but not on!" Well sometimes you have this experience with sewing. That's why it's important to learn adjustments to fix fit issues. When you sew and get a bad fit, it means that you likely need some sort of pattern adjustment to correct it.

I looked at my pants, and had funny lines pulling at the front. I tried a couple of things myself, and it did make the fit some better, but still not perfect. So I started researching pants fitting, and found that I probably needed to "scoop" a little more at the front crotch. I did this, tried them on, did a little more, tried them on, and so forth. I actually worked on them some more after we took pictures, so they actually have a better fit now than you can see in the photos. But, oh well!

So while these pants aren't perfect, I know EXACTLY what I need to do next time to get a better fit from the start, which makes me SO happy! I can take what I learned about fitting this pattern from my 1st pair and apply it to a 2nd pair! It's important when you make changes to a pattern like this that you "fix" your pattern pieces so you can repeat the modifications in the future! Also, it's a good idea to use an inexpensive fabric for your first pair so that you haven't lost a lot if your 1st item is not wearable. A lot of times though, the first item is wearable... it just needs adjustments. And, it's easier to make adjustments from the start next time! πŸ™‚



Fabric:

This pattern is made for knit fabric. You'll want a knit with good recovery, especially for the waistband and ankle bands. Mine is 95% cotton and 5% spandex from Purple Seamstress. It has great recovery and worked well for these. You can't beat her price at $6.50/ yard for solids, and from my experience, I get my fabric faster than an Amazon Prime order. πŸ˜‰ She's AMAZING!

And I did something CRAZY... but not that crazy. 🀣 I mentioned that I haven't made lounge pants before because I want my sewing time to go to something I can wear OUTSIDE of the house.

I wore my new joggers outside of the house! Daniel had soccer after school on Wednesday, and I wore them to the school! I always wear dresses or "real" pants when I go out, but I was crazy and wore my new joggers! Like I said... Mamas deserve lounge pants.

You can see this new pattern here: http://ckcpatterns.com/jaycees-womens.html
It's on sale this week only for pattern release!

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