What do you do when you’ve got a whole lot of leftover jersey, but it’s all in fairly narrow pieces that you can’t fold over to make a dress or top? You make joggers/sweatpants, that’s what you do!
This is the first garment I’ve made that uses the ‘copy something that you already own’ method, and only the second time I’ve ever made pants, and I am so happy with how it all worked out! The jersey is SO comfortable (you might recognise it from my first jersey Bettine dress!), and the fit is nice and loose. They’re the perfect pants for winter pyjamas or lounging around the house on the weekends – which is why I’ve dubbed them the ‘lazy pants’!
I generally followed this tutorial on YouTube to get a handle on how to proceed without a paper pattern, and it was really simple and easy. And because these pants are just for lounging, I didn’t really need to worry about professional-looking finishes or super-accurate fitting!
I made the pants with in-seam pockets rather than patch pockets, and although the pants I used as a template had a drawstring, I decided to just go with a simple elastic waist. I might have cut the cuffs a tiny bit too short, but the jersey stretched enough to allow me to sew the cuffs to the bottoms of the pant legs without too much trouble.
I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish in just one afternoon, and I’m feeling a little more confident in my sewing skills!