I have been wanting to make these pants for awhile because my daughter is all about jogger pants lately. We bought a pair in chambray in the early spring and she has worn them everywhere…mostly because they are so comfy and easy to pull on. And then I realized—why haven’t I been making these?!
So I whipped up a pair this week using a pajama pants pattern and they worked perfectly, so I thought I would do a quick tutorial to show you what I did. The only secret is to buy 1.5 inch elastic for the top waistband and 1 inch elastic for the hems of the pants. I also changed up the way I did the elastic waistband on the pants which I will show you below. I think it gives a much more professionally finished look to tuck shirts into.
*Woven rayon material (I got this in Mexico which I will tell you about on Monday)
*Pajama Pants pattern (or make your own pattern HERE)
*1.5 inch elastic for the waistband
*1 inch elastic for the hems
Jogger Pants Tutorial
Step 1. On your pajama pants pattern make the following changes.
2. Sew up the pajama pants pattern according to directions until you get to the waistband and the hem—leave out those two steps for the end.
3. When you get to the waistband section, cut a piece of 1.5 inch elastic to the waist measurement of the pattern (or 1-2 inches smaller than an actual waist measurement.
4. Divide the waistband section of the pants and the elastic into four equal section with pins.
5. Repeat step 4 with the top of the pajama pants pattern.
6. Now attach the elastic to the WRONG side of the pajama pants pattern matching up all four pins as shown below. Stitch the top using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and slightly pulling the elastic as you sew around the top to match the woven fabric.
7. Next turn the elastic right sides out and stitch down the bottom of the elastic using a 1/4 ” seam allowance as shown.
8. Repeat the same process for the 1″ elastic on the hems of the pants and you are done!