The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

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You can download the pattern for these Sweatpants from our account at Craftsy.

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How to make your sweatpants

There is no seam allowance on the pattern because you need to fit the pattern to your body first then you add to your preference.  I am using my overlocker so I will only add 3/8″.

The first thing I have to tell you is to check the pattern and check your instructions to fit the pattern.  The instructions in this sew along are exactly what you need to make this type of pants to fit your body.   Do not attend to make sweatpants without fitting the pattern to your body first.

 Step one: Making the pockets

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Cut the front of the pants following the slant line of the pockets. 

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Trace the two sides of the pockets from the main pattern.

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Place the front of the sweatpants right side up.  Align the pocket right side down.  Sew at 3/8″.To reduce the bulk in the seam, trim one side of the seam allowance to 1/8″.Turn the pocket and iron.  If you have never made this type of pocket before, please watch the video below.

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This is the perfect opportunity to use your stretch twin needle.  If you do not have one just stay stitch at 3/8″.

Step two:  Sewing the legs

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Lay the front part of the sweatpants right side up.  Pockets will be underneath. 

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Place the back side on top (right sides together) and pin the inner sides.  Then pin the outer sides.

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Repeat the steps on the other the other leg, pinning both sides. 

Take the legs to the sewing machine and sew at 3/8″.

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Place one leg with the seams in the middle.

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Lay the other leg on top, and align the seams.Pin and sew the crotch at 3/8″

Fitting tip: Before you cut the waistband, try the sweatpants on and check the fitting.  Do you like them tighter or looser?  With 3/8″ there is really just 1/8″ to 1/4″ per side to play with to make them larger.  If you are between sizes, choose the bigger size and take in the sides if you need to.

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105 Responses to The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

  1. Sylvie says:

    I can’t find the pocket pattern. Where did you hide it? hahaha

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Silvie, great question, you have to redraw them from the leg pants, one with the slanted side and one with the seam allowance to the waistband and all the way to the sides.

  2. Patricia O says:

    I haven’t downloaded these yet but I have a pair of grey sweatpants (bought at a street market in London over 14/15 years ago) that have developed a hole so this might turn out to be a timely pattern for me!

  3. amber says:

    i may just be stupid but i don’t understand how to cut out the pocket part of the pants what should the pieces look like once they are all cut out

  4. DON THIESSEN says:

    Looking for the download for the pattern. They look awesome!

  5. Janet Ashcroft says:

    can’t find the download!

  6. Brenda Riddle says:

    Where are the 2 pieces that I am suppose to find on the website?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Brenda! Happy New Year! The two pieces you need to come up with are the ribbing at the waistband and the ankles. The measurement depends on the size you have chosen and the type of material, Please read the instructions before you attend this project. Thank you 🙂

  7. Jazz Monroe says:

    Link to free pattern not working?

  8. Maxx says:

    Fabulous work, Ladies, thank you! Makes a quick run to the store doable without a wardrobe change!

  9. Cele says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern. Pics are always great, however, a nice you tube video would help those of us that are true beginners and need just a tad bit more visuals–my main reason for not downloading any of the patterns (thank you for having free patterns)

  10. Sew Hoppy says:

    Where is the download link for the pattern? I have searched and searched without results.

  11. Chris Casey says:

    THANK YOU SO much!!!! Those of us over the age of 30somthing need a less fitted pant. At 72, I wouln’t be caught dead in leggins!!! People would throw rocks!! Thanks again, you two are absolutely the BEST!

  12. Sue Volek says:

    I’m very pear-shaped but very short. I can finally have some sweats that aren’t 9 inches too long!!! A million thanks!

  13. WheelyBad says:

    I can’t wait to make these, thank you so much

    wishing you a happy, healthy, successful 2019

  14. Sue Addison says:

    I don’t see the fabric suggestions. Just a picture. What kind of fabric did you use for the pair pictured?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      The first item on the list of materials is my sugestion for fabrics. I used a more difficult to find Jackard knit. I bought mine at Spotlight.com.au in Sydney, Australia.

  15. Jean Tanner says:

    Thank you for all the free patterns, they are so handy.

  16. Verna says:

    I think both of you are great! Thank you for your generosity!

  17. dotpaulk says:

    Love the fabric of your pants, is it available to purchase for these pants?

  18. D. Joy Summers says:

    This looks like something I would like to try. And for the first time use my serger for construction of a garment.

  19. Karen Cole says:

    I just need sweatpants pattern to cover a huge hernia, but need tapered legs so they will NOT look like sweatpanys, but rathet like slacks. Can I get help with tapering the legs?

    • Bennie Owen says:

      Here is how I taper my pants legs. I have a master pants pattern. I lay a new piece of Pattern Ease on top of my master pattern. I draw the entire pattern again. Front and back. Put the master away. Use a long ruler and starting at the hip I move the ruler to the bottom of the pattern leaving the top of the ruler at or near the hip line. Whatever you reduce the amount by you need to reduce the same amount on the inside leg as well. This is done by measuring from the center of the pants leg (Grain Line). You have an equal amount on each side of the grain line. This is done in the opposite way for Palazzo pants.
      I always make a sample first to make sure I like the width of the legs. Be sure to mark your new pattern as to the style you have chosen, i.e. Tapered legs, Palazzo legs.

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