Since becoming a stay at home mom, I would describe my personal style as comfortable, yet presentable. It’s important to me to look like I changed out of my pajamas, while still feeling comfortable playing on the ground with my toddler. It’s not always easy finding women’s clothing that meet my simple requirements.
The Tierras Woven Joggers are a new pants pattern from Itch to Stitch that conforms to my current style nicely. The elastic waistband and relaxed fit make them really comfortable. But the use of woven fabric keeps me from looking like I didn’t bother to change out of my yoga pants. In fact, they can be dressed up easily and to great effect. Several other pattern testers styled them with heels and looked terrific (pictures here).
My favorite thing about the Tierras is that they have full-sized pockets. Two of them. I can’t believe that the state of women’s clothes makes this a feature worth talking about, but it’s really great.
I recently read about a woman in the UK who spent a month wearing exclusively men’s clothing. Her punchy, feminist report (found here) highlighted a handful of the ridiculous aspects of women’s clothing, but I especially identified with her comments about pockets:
We need to talk about pockets. The clothes I’m wearing now have bountiful, multifaceted, capacious pockets. I have nine of them today. I counted ’em. On a typical day of wearing womenswear, I have NONE.
I can confidently locate my money, keys and purse because they all have allocated, easily-reachable compartments about my person. It is hard not to smile about this and everyone notices.
I am currently wearing a pair of jeans with front pockets that are only pinky deep. They are suitable for holding a few pieces of lint and that’s about it. With the Tierras, I can comfortably fit my phone or my entire hand in my pocket (or both!). In the pocket department, these pants are significantly better than the rest of the pants in my dresser. And this makes me smile.
Another thing I like about these pants is the elastic waist and drawstring combo. The two together make the waistband comfortable yet secure. The stitching technique on the waistband was new for me. It’s simple, but it requires some finesse.
You start by sewing a simple casing and inserting your elastic band. After you close the casing, you don’t have to do anything more. The elastic will function just the same and you could still insert a drawstring. However, if you topstitch through the elastic around the waistband, you gain a few benefits.
- The elastic will stay in place (no twisting or shifting)
- The drawstring will have a nice channel to rest in
- Your pants will look really well-made
To topstitch the waistband, you will need to stretch the elastic as it passes through your machine. This can be tricky. Stretch the waistband with one hand in front of your presser foot and the other behind so that you don’t stress the needle itself. If your fabric pulls on the needle, it will either bend or break—not fun. Focus on stretching and stitching about an eighth of the waistband at a time. Then stop and readjust your hands so you can sew the next eighth. Repeat until you get back to the beginning. After you’ve completed one row, the second will be easy. You can also refer to this tutorial on the ITS blog for help.
I like my first pair so much that I started a second pair. I have the fabric cut and I plan to finish them soon—I’ll share them when I can! If you decide to make some (the pattern will be on sale until March 12th), be sure to share your pictures with me.
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