Anna’s French terry joggers.

I am very pleased to introduce the first blog post from a new member of the blogger network…Anna, you can find Anna at Lets get sewing.

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I’m so excited to talk about my latest make, it was one of those sewing projects where everything came together perfectly and I’m so happy with the finished result! I am a massive fan of the Papercut Patterns Anima Pants sewing pattern. It was one of those patterns that, when I bought it, I had no idea I’d get so much use out of. Somehow it filled a gap in my wardrobe for jogging bottoms that I never knew I had and I’ve ended up making six versions! Six!

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My handmade joggers really came into their own during lockdown when they were pretty much all I wore. Wearing them so much made me realise that a) this is a pattern that fits me perfectly and that I love the style of and b) I would definitely wear another pair of Anima Pants if I made them. I really wanted to make myself a classic black pair of joggers that I could easily throw on and would go with everything.

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Finding good quality jersey fabric can be quite tricky. There are lots of knit fabrics out there but I hate anything that feels synthetic. Also, with black it’s so frustrating when the fabric isn’t completely opaque. I managed to find the perfect black fabric for my joggers at Bobbins and Buttons. They have a fab jersey range and for a minute I was tempted to go for pale blue but managed to stick to black which I know I’ll wear all the time! The fabric I used for these joggers was a French terry fabric which was lovely to sew with and is the perfect weight for a pair of trousers like these. I’ve actually made this pattern in a variety of jersey fabrics ranging from more heavyweight to more drapey ones and all work well, but French terry is a great balance between heavy and lightweight.

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I made a couple of changes to the pattern. Only small things but they’ve really helped change the feel of the joggers. One thing I really like about the Anima Pants pattern is that depending on the fabric and details they can look dressier or more casual. For this pair I wanted a classic pair of black joggers, so kept the design simple and casual. The first thing I changed was to omit the drawstrings at the waist and just have the rows of stitching. I like the drawstring on my other pairs but it’s more of a decorative feature than a useful addition so it wasn’t a problem leaving it off. I copied this from a RTW pair of joggers that I saw and love the effect.

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My favourite addition to these joggers is the cuffs! Again, this is something that I’ve seen on RTW joggers and wanted to copy. With all the other pairs of Anima Pants I’ve made I chose to simply turn up the end for the cuff. On this pair I added elastic and sewed a few rows of stitching to mimic the waistband. I love how the stitching looks in the black and it’s nice to finish these off a bit differently. I was a bit worried that the proportions would be wrong as the pattern isn’t designed to have this finish. However it was really easy to do and worked so well.

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I love how all the details look together. My favourite feature of the pattern is the faux-fly. Its not something commonly found on joggers but I think it really makes the pattern more special. The fabric worked really well when it came to adding in the elastic which means that they hang perfectly.

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As a final touch, I added a Kylie and the Machine ‘You can’t buy this’ label to the side seam. The label sums up the best thing about sewing to me and I really like how subtle it is. At the same time, it isn’t hidden inside out of sight like most labels. Because it’s black with silver writing I particularly like adding them to all-black makes like these joggers.

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These joggers are going to be worn so much and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I like the details a lot, especially the elasticated cuffs. They’re also so comfy to wear! It just goes to show that jersey is the best fabric to make things out of.

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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