This City Jogger Pattern is one of the most comfortable, everyday bottoms that I know of. They are perfect for just about anything –from being cozy on an overnight flight to just running errands.
They are specially designed and made to be as comfy and relaxing as possible. Being somewhere between a pair of snug leggings and cozy sweat pants they are also one of the most adaptable pieces in my wardrobe.
They have an elastic waist to allow movement and comfort, a cord for decoration and to make the city joggers tighter when exercising, and an ankle band to differentiate them from leggings and to keep you warm.
If you're an intermediate sewist, why don't you give this comfy City Joggers Pattern a try. I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do.
- cotton or bamboo knits with 20% elasticity (1 1/2 yards, 54″ wide)
- ballpoint/jersey needle
- thread to match
- 1 1/4″ elastic the size of your waist plus 3/4″ more.
- cotton or polyester cord (the width of your pants plus 6″
- two grommets
- grommet tool (optional) or buttonhole foot
- stitching awl or hole puncher (optional)
- rotary cutter (optional)
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Pattern Layout For The City Joggers Pattern
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Print the pattern for the carpet tote bag on Actual Size and in a Landscape format.
Sewing level: Intermediate
If you never have sewn or knitted before this is the perfect project to start with, however, you will need to first know how to place grommets or make a buttonhole (depending on which you choose to do).
The following instructions below are the best way to sew knit type pants that do not require much fitting.
Seam allowance is NOT included, add 3/8″. The use of a serger is ideal but not necessary. Use a 3 step zigzag to reinforce the seam allowance.
Step One: Sewing The Sides
From and back together with the print side facing each other pin the sides.
Sew the legs at 3/8″ chosen seam allowance.
Step Two: Sewing The Crotch
Join the legs at the crotch, you will have to slide one leg inside the other
Turn one leg print side out, leaving the other print side in.
Slide the leg with the right print side inside the other leg.
Pin the crotch and sew at 3/8″.
Step Three: Making The Box Pleat
Please refer to the following tutorial on how to make a box pleat, if box pleats are not your thing you can also make a normal pleat by folding the pleat to the centre seam or towards the crotch.
Sew the pleat the length that is marked in your pattern.
Flatten the pleat making sure the stitching is in the middle of the pleat. Pin.
Step Four: Making The Waist Band
Measure the circumference of the waist of your city joggers
Cut the waistband the length plus your seam allowance times 2 you have measured by 3 1/5″. We are making a band so you need the seam allowance to be able to sew the waistband.
Place a piece of fusible interfacing at each side of the seam, this is where you will be able to piece the grommets.
Cut the elastic the size of your waist or slightly larger. Remember that you will be threading a cord that will help you keep the city jogger from falling off when you are running, so the elastic does not need to be tight around your waist.
Insert the elastic inside the waistband. Pin.
Align the seam of the waistband with the front seam of the city joggers. Pin the waistband and sew at 3/8″.
Step Five: Making The Ankle Bands
Basically, it is the same way you make the waistband. Measure around the hem adds the seam allowance twice.
Cut the strip of fabric 3″ wide and the length of the hem and sew.
Fold wrong sides facing each other print will be facing out.
Thread the band pin the the raw edges together. Sew at 3/8″.
And that's all! As you can see it's surprisingly quick and easy to complete the pattern. In fact, I think I'll make a few more for myself since they are some of the most comfortable pants that I own.
Also, I think I'll play with this pattern a little bit and add some pockets. What type of pockets do you think will look best? Leave me your answer in the comments below and I'll be sure to try out the best suggestion.
Hope you enjoyed the pattern, And Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!