Remember the bamboo fleece sweatpants I made for my husband? He is no longer the only one in the house with an awesome pair of lounge pants. Meet the Diane Joggers from 5 out of 4 Patterns (5oo4). I tested these pants before their debut and I am in love. They are the super cozy and fit really well. I’m always a little reluctant to take them off.
And since I love them so much, I recruited some sponsors to share the joy with one of you! I teamed up with Nature’s Fabrics and 5 out of 4 Patterns to give one lucky reader the Diane Joggers pattern and bamboo fleece fabric to make them with. You can match me and my husband! Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post, so keep reading!
The Pattern: Diane Joggers
The Diane Joggers come with a range of options for you to choose from. There are three rise options, three leg lengths, four leg finishes, and six waistband options. You don’t have to be a mathematician to see that there are a lot of ways you can make Diane Joggers.
The pattern offers sizes from XXS up to 5XL and even includes a maternity waistband option to accommodate a baby bump. The size chart is very detailed. It includes measurements for waist, full hip, upper hip, thigh, calf and inseam. This allows you to plan for alterations and make sure you’re working with the right size from the very beginning.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the Diane Joggers is the back yoke. The back yoke seems like a simple design line, but it has a big visual impact. The curved shape is flattering in any size and adds detail to the back view.
Fitting Your Joggers
Pants are notoriously difficult to fit. And while fitting sweatpants is much simpler than fitting jeans, for example, it still requires some time. During the testing process, we posted pictures to a private Facebook group so that we could help everyone perfect their pants. I saw many pictures of butts with fabric wrinkles. So many butts. But it was helpful because analyzing wrinkles helped us determine how to help each person get the best fitting pants possible.
After this experience, Rachelle Summers from 5oo4 put together a pair of extensive blog posts about pants fitting and how to modify the Diane Joggers to fit your unique body. This post illustrates many fit issues you may encounter and how to alter your pattern to fit your shape. This post focuses specifically on crotch curves (a truly great phrase!) and describes how learning more about your crotch shape can help you achieve better fitting pants. The posts are really helpful and easy to understand—a great reference for any pants maker. Before Rachelle made her fitting guide, I found this post from the Closet Case blog to be helpful.
My Diane Joggers: Fitting and Sizing
For my joggers, I selected pants length with mid rise, cuffed legs and an encased elastic waistband with drawstring. I sewed size XXS with only two modifications:
First, I shortened the legs by 2.5”, since I am only 5’ 4”.
Next, after analyzing my own butt wrinkles, I learned that I have a low seat. Who knew? Apparently the horizontal wrinkles I always have below my bum are a tell-tale indicator of a low seat. You can see a picture of my low seat as the example photo in Rachelle’s pants fitting post (link again here).
I lowered my crotch curve by 3/8” on my final pants to make way for my seat. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a corresponding 3/8” off of the back rise of my pants, so the pants sit a little too high in the back. This matters because while my seat sits lower on my frame, it is not larger than average. I need to remove fabric from the top of the pants so that the entire seat area has the same volume, but at a lower position. I’ll fix it next time!
My Diane Joggers: Fabric and Materials
I used the same lusciously soft bamboo stretch fleece from Nature’s Fabrics for my joggers as I did for my husband’s sweatpants (read more about those here). I knew it was great fabric, but wow. It feels so good to wear! I wear them as many hours a day as I can get away with.
I used a coordinating bamboo/spandex rib knit (also from Nature’s Fabrics) for my waistband and cuffs. The color is a perfect match and unifies the appearance of the finished pants.
For the drawstring I used a cotton cord that I threaded through two ¼” grommets. I love the grommets. Mostly I love that using grommets meant I didn’t have to fuss with making buttonholes on a super stretchy rib knit. Small squares of interfacing help keep the grommets secure despite the stretchy fabric.
A Fabric Quirk
I have to note a unique characteristic of this bamboo stretch fleece. Usually the greatest stretch of a fabric runs horizontally between the selvedges (for woven fabric, this would be called the cross grain). But this bamboo fleece is different. The greatest stretch runs vertically or parallel to the selvedges. In order for garments to fit properly, you usually want the direction of greatest stretch to wrap around the body. Then when you sit or move, the fabric can stretch to fit your changing shape.
When I made Justin’s pants, I wasn’t paying attention and I ended up cutting Justin’s pants with the greatest stretch running vertically! I didn’t realize what I had done until I began hemming the legs and realized that the leg holes didn’t stretch at all. Oops. Luckily, Justin’s pants were designed with plenty of ease and he is still able to wear them comfortably. If I had made the same mistake with my fitted Diane Joggers, they would be unwearable.
The moral of this story is, always check your knits for the direction of greatest stretch before you cut.
Finally, a GIVEAWAY
I love my sweatpants so much, that I want to share a pair with one of you! Thanks to Nature’s Fabrics and 5 out of 4 Patterns, I am giving away free fabric and a free pattern. One randomly drawn winner will receive:
- 1.5 yards of bamboo stretch fleece and .25 yards of bamboo/spandex rib knit in a coordinating color from Nature’s Fabrics. That’s enough fabric to make either full length pants (sizes XXS-L), capris (sizes XXS-XL) or shorts (all sizes). Take a look at the array of colors you can choose from here. Please note: winner must pay shipping/customs fees.
- A digital copy of the Diane Joggers pattern from 5 out of 4 Patterns. The pattern includes professionally drafted and graded pattern pieces in sizes XXS-5XL and tons of rise, waistband and length options. You will love it!
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! The winner will be selected November 2nd. I can’t wait for you to join my matching sweatpants club.
Happy sewing and I hope you win!
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