I read an article somewhere that claimed that when it comes to exercising, getting dressed for it is half the struggle. The article gave a few interesting tips; like being sure to make a careful selection of your workout clothes, to try and use them only for exercising (to help strengthen the habit), and to lay out your clothes the day before you train so it's just that little bit easier to get going.
I mention this because I, like most people, have been struggling with exercise motivation recently. Ten years ago I was quite a physically active person. I used to do yoga, tennis, rollerblading, and swimming every week. Fast forward to 2021 and I, unfortunately, do not do any of that anymore.
I have put on around 12 kilos (26 lbs) that I do not need and really should lose. However, I find getting dressed to workout to be uncomfortable for me, surely I can not be the only one who feels the same way. The thought of wearing a skimpy, tight-fitting outfit does not make me feel motivated when I'm in this shape.
Time has a way to remind us that sitting too long has a very high price on our health and I think I have reached the point where either do something and reverse the damage or I go down the slippery slope. So, I have decided to get serious about getting fit again. This track pants pattern project is my first step, a comfortable and effective alternative to all those fitted leggings and short shorts.
This track pants pattern has a corded elastic waist that stretches as wide as my hips and more.
Slanted pockets because I love pockets.
Elastic hem to prevent your pants rolling up when you are doing leg workout or dancing.
Confident Beginner, willing to try to work with knit fabrics, knowledge of grainline, and applying grommets. You will learn how to attach elastic to a waistband while sewing which is a technique used in mass production factories.
- 1 1/2 to 2 yards of 54″ bamboo jersey, cotton, or linen jersey
- 1 or 2″ wide elastic the length of your waist
- 3/4″ to 1″ elastic 20-22″ in length for the ankles
- two grommets
- 1 1/2- 2 yards of cotton or polyester cord for the waist
- two strips of stretchable fusible interfacing for the pocket opening
- thread to match
All tools are ideal but not essential
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How To Download The Track Pants Pattern
Please use the latest version of Adobe Reader. It is free and the only program you will need to print this pattern. Use Landscape mode and Actual Size. Do not scale the pattern.
Fitting Your Track Pants
The track pants pattern is made to be loose fitting which means that you can make a pair that are going to be curvy friendly. The larger sizes can accommodate a fuller figure however you need to check the following measurements to fit the pattern to your needs.
To choose the right size for you:
- Measure the crotch of the pattern then measure your own.
2. Finally measure the inner seam
3. If you have a large tummy you will need to raise the crotch measurement so the pants fall just below your belly button.
4. Add the waistband according to the elastic you have, in my case I have a 2″ elastic.
How To Sew Your Track Pants
There is NO seam allowance in the pattern. I suggest to use a 3/8″.
We will start by sewing the pockets, then we will sew the legs, followed by the waist band and finally inserting the elastic and hemming the ankles at the same time.
Sewing The Pockets
Place the front of the pocket print side down matching the opening of the pocket with the slanted side of the pants. Sew the pocket opening.
Note: I have made an error here and did not attach the fusible interfacing to the pocket opening. My way to correct this mistake is by doing a double stitch.
Turn the front of the pocket, move the seam allowance to the pocket and under stitch.
Do you need help under stitching? Please follow this tutorial here.
Turn the pocket right side and sew a double stitch, this is both decorative and will prevent the pocket from stretching out loosing the shape.
Place the front side of the leg print side down.
Place the back of the pocket and pin it to the front of the pocket.
Sew around the pocket at 3/8″ then serge or zigzag the seam allowance.
Stay stitch the pocket at the waist and at the side to make the pocket lay flat when sewing the sides of the leg and putting the waistband.
Sewing The Legs
Now, we will sew one leg at a time. This is done so the crotch is sewn at once from front to back.
Place the front of the leg print side up on the table, over it place the back of the leg print side down. Align the sides and the inner sides and sew at the 3/8″. Serge.
Turn one leg right side out and insert it into the other leg. The print sides should be facing each other.
Alighting the crotch and sew joining the legs together.
Making The Waistband
The waistband consists of a band with an elastic and a cord.
Measure the waist of your pants and cut a band with this measurement add 3/4″ for seam allowance by 4 3/4″ width.
Iron a rectangle piece of fusible stretchable interfacing to the waistband and apply the grommets.
Cut the elastic the size of your higher waist plus 1/2″ for seam allowance. Make sure the elastic can pass through your hips.
Fold the band and insert the elastic.
Pin the waistband to the pants and sew.
Sew the waistband at 3/8″ and serge.
Thread the cord using a bobkin or a bob pin.
Making The Hem
Turn your pants inside out and using a ruler mark one inch from the edge.
Cut two strips of elastic the roughly half the size of the width of your pants.
Sew the elastic making a band and thread the pants trough the elastic bands.
Fold one inch over the elastic and sew.
And we are done.
My need for losing weight mainly doesn't come from vanity, but rather health. Recently my blood pressure and glucose levels have gone up into the upper range of being normal. Quite frankly I do not want to reach the tipping point for something like diabetes. So I hope you join me in the quest of improving health. Use this track pants pattern to make yourself a pair of very comfortable pants to start moving around today a little more than yesterday.
Until Next Time, dearest readers when I will be sharing the anti-chafing underpants, an essential garment for Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Happy Sewing!