The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

sweatpants pattern

These sweatpants are the second pattern on our Workout Wardrobe storyboard collection and they are not just for sweating as I will demonstrate in the months to come.

The fit of the pattern is not the trend of these days which is for thick leggings with pockets.  These sweatpants are more in the traditional (read practical) style and have more room around the legs without being floppy.  With pockets large enough for your phone, they are certainly not the tight leggings that many are sporting today.  But I think you'll find them very comfortable as well as presentable for that quick trip to the store, and not to mention the gym…

These sweatpants are to be worn one inch over your belly button which is the ideal place to avoid the dreaded muffin top look.  The making of this pair of sweatpants is very easy, so I will say that the project is suitable for the advanced beginner.  It is similar in construction to the pajama pants we did last year.  That tutorial has a video and this sew along has a step by step instructions on how to sew the slant pockets so you can follow the same instructions there about how to sew the pockets.

sweatpants pattern

You should know by now that we are pushing the use of an overlocker because it really speeds up the process and makes for a better finish.  If you use one, no one will be able to tell you to made this garment.  It will look just like the pros!  However, you definitely don't need one for this project.  It's just a good next step in your sewing journey if you're ready for it.

So let's start, and as always the best thing to do is to measure yourself and pay attention to the finished garments measurements below.  These measurements are a better indication than the size of how the sweatpants will fit on your body.

sweatpants pattern

Pattern Layout

sweatpants pattern

Finished Garment Measurements

 Size Waist (inches) Hips (inches)
 6  28  46
8 29 47
10 31 48
12 33  49
14 35 51
16 36 53
18 37 55
20 39 57
22 41 1/2 59
24 43 1/2 61

Materials:

  • Cotton Fleece or Jersey knit 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 yards (see recommendations below)
  • Thread to match
  • 2″ Elastic enough to go around your waist
  • Nylon or cotton cord

Tools:

  • Kam or eyelet tool 
  • Two (2) grommets (eyelet + washer)
  • Walking foot if you do not have an overlocker.
  • Optional Stretch Twin Needle (use Schmetz)
  • Bodkin or safety pin (Don't forget to read our recent article on Bodkins!)

Fabric Suggestions from Amazon:

sweatpants pattern

Where are the instructions and pattern for the sweatpants?

To keep page load times fast, we divide long tutorials like this one into multiple pages.  You can find the page numbers below the sharing buttons at the bottom of this and subsequent pages.  Just click the next page to progress through the tutorial.

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zuwena
zuwena

I never got a response to my query re the knit fabric guide and samples. I found a fabric mart on the web but it turned out not to be the one you were speaking of. Could you reply by indicating a correct address for the company you negotiated with so that I might be able to take advantage of the offer. I am in the US.

Nancy Zwolinski
Nancy Zwolinski

May I ask where you purchased that fabulous fabric?

Donna Code
Donna Code

Saved pattern and measurements page on my cell. However, can’t seem to get instructions 3 pages, and love this pattern ! Would you be able to send to me ? Donna dcode5223@gmail.com. thanks in advance for any help

Michelle Welch
Michelle Welch

This is a pattern I will use, thank you. The fabric you used in your demo made seeing the actual garment somewhat challenging. A simple plain fabric would have been helpful. All the same thank you.

Anna Gizzi
Anna Gizzi

Hello! I am wondering if the drawstring is necessary for the pants to function or is it more of a fashionable detail?

xu
xu

there is a difference in leg length between the front pattern and the back pattern

Sanne
Sanne

I tried following the pattern, but the outer seams don’t match up. The back piece of the pattern is longer than the front piece

Pamela Stump
Pamela Stump
Reply to  Sanne

You have to sew the pocket part on the front before the side seams will match.

Phoebe Mcintyre
Phoebe Mcintyre

When it says ‘watch the video below to see how to do the pockets’ where is the video?
Thanks

Nancy
Nancy

Why aren’t there much smaller sizes? Not everyone is big.

Janice Martinez
Janice Martinez

Why say “please watch the video below “ since there is NO video below or anywhere else?

Lacey Seelen
Lacey Seelen

Hi. Am I supposed to be adding length to the bottom quart of the pattern, based on my inseam? It looks like it’s cut off at the knees.

Liina
Liina
Reply to  Lacey Seelen

Where is the pattern?? I can’t find it??

cpajoker

I will try and size this down for my skinny 32′ hips, no promises.

Alencia Bossett
Alencia Bossett

Can you please do a video on making these pants? I am having a hard time just getting started with the pockets and front piece…as a visual learner, sometimes I have to see you put it together. Thank you

Jaci Small
Jaci Small
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Did you do a video for the sweatpants as I’m struggling to find it

Pavla Leniston
Pavla Leniston

Hi, thank you so much for the pattern. I am wondering if this would work for man’s sweats too?

Mary Mobbs
Mary Mobbs
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Wheres the video for these, am stuck in pockets

Helen Scholes
Helen Scholes

Hello, is there differences in the amount of fabric I need for each of the sizes? I’m cutting a 20.

elizabeth
elizabeth

do you have a jogger pattern suitable for men?

Kate
Kate

Hi just wondering where to find pages 21-24 of the pattern, they’re not in the pdf?

Marianne
Marianne
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Oh, I just ‘purchased this pattern from Bluprint.com and my pattern download has 24 pages. Is this wrong? Also, I need a size 22 but am only 4ft 9in tall. I am only a real beginner and I don’t know how to shorten the pattern. Will this be too difficult for me? TIA, Marianne

Karen
Karen
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

I realize your comment was just made today regarding a video to show how to alter the legs on the pattern. Have you any idea when this will be available? I need the same information. Thanks.

Marianne
Marianne
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly! I eagerly await your video. I am also wondering about my crotch measurement as I am rather generously endowed both back and front, so even though the pattern may fit my waist measurement will the crotch be deep enough to accommodate my generous figure. Thank you so much for all you do!

Danielle Goldberg
Danielle Goldberg

Three quick questions. First thank you for this pattern. Due to a medical condition I have to wear loose cloths and I think this pattern with work well for what I need. Now for the questions, can I make this pattern with thinner elastic? all I have is .75 inch and it does not seem likely I will be able to get more anytime soon. Secondly, how can I modify the instruction so I don’t need to use the metal grommets. Lastly, I am unable to get any of the nylon cord for the drawstring. What would be the best alternative?

Bennie Owen
Bennie Owen
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

You could also make a matching cord by cutting your fabic on the bias. Cut the fabric two times the width of a finished cord, plus seam allowance. Fold the bias in half and stitch. Turn right side out (I use the Fast turn tools). Since bias will not fray or run like hosiery all you need to do with the ends is to tie a knot after you have inserted the cord into the pants casing. I hope this helps.

Marjana Polajnar
Marjana Polajnar

Hi there, do you have this pattern (and others) in centimeters too?
Thank you

Munday Moore
Munday Moore

on the stretch needle twin what size? so confused as to which to use?

Karen
Karen

I love sweat pants but because I am 5″1″ raw do not fit! I have a 52″ waist and 56″ hip — sweats that fit are almost a foot too long! It pains me to have to “remake” raw, why not start from scratch? So I do! However I haven’t found (until now) a pattern that had the nice pockets. Thank you so much. I have sewn for 60+ years and this is the first time I have found a pattern that I like 🙂 One question — what is the point of the grommets and drawstring? The elastic is there to make them fit the waist, why are drawstrings included on sweats? I usually just cut them off so unless there is a purpose that I’m not aware of, I won’t bother with the grommets and drawstring. I think it would make them look a little more “dressy” in a comfortable way …….

Karen
Karen
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you for the explanation! I have wondered about this for a long time! Darn that “auto correct” — I was trying to say “ready to wear” aka “rtw” and it changed it to raw! Bah humbug!

Sylvie
Sylvie

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

Patricia O
Patricia O

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!

amber
amber

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

DON THIESSEN
DON THIESSEN

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

Janet Ashcroft
Janet Ashcroft

can’t find the download!

Brenda Riddle
Brenda Riddle

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

Jazz Monroe
Jazz Monroe

Link to free pattern not working?

Maxx
Maxx

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

Cele
Cele

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)

Sew Hoppy

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

Chris Casey
Chris Casey

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!

Sue Volek
Sue Volek

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

WheelyBad
WheelyBad

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

wishing you a happy, healthy, successful 2019

Sue Addison
Sue Addison

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

Jean Tanner
Jean Tanner

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

Verna
Verna

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

dotpaulk
dotpaulk

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

D. Joy Summers
D. Joy Summers

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

Karen Cole
Karen Cole

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
Bennie Owen
Reply to  Karen Cole

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.