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For the leopard version with the plain knee patches, I added 6 rows of topstitching (in addition to the rows at the top and bottom) for decorative effect. I used the pressure foot as a guide, and am pretty pleased with how even the stitching came out.
Whilst I omitted the back pockets in the "jazzy" version, I included them to the "plain" pair for dramatic effect. I'm not sure I've ever admired the bum area on a pair of trousers so much!
First things first, who doesn't dream of leopard print jogging bottoms? These were made using Papercut Anima pattern, which I have used before. Although the last pair was made only over a year ago, I had somehow forgotten all about how I made them. The good news is, they are, hands down, the most worn garment that I've ever made (for example, I was wearing the first pair when I made this pair, which was pretty handy for verifying the construction steps). When I was set to having another go, I knew exactly the (small) adjustments that I wanted to incorporate this time: deeper pockets to host bigger phones (which seems to be the norm these days), and correcting the length (see my silly mistake last time).
Also, I'll let you in on a little secret - I'm pretty sure I got confused between the stretch line and grainline when cutting out the ankle cuffs last time (did I mention baby brain?)! This has also been fixed for my new version.
What remains unchanged are all the other amazing elements, including the faux fly, which is what sold this pattern to me over the obvious alternatives like the True Bias Hudson (a close call).
Alternative pattern options
The only reasons I could imagine that you might want to go a different direction is if you want a different fit, or if you prefer using a lighter weight jersey fabric, in which case I'd suggest checking out the Ellie & Mac Kid's Joggers. This pattern spans from 12 months to 14 years, and includes both a tapered fit and a relaxed fit. They also come with patch options, which are different! I did also buy this pattern when it was $1 from their Wacky Wednesday promotion, and do hope to try them out with jersey soon.
I mentioned the True Bias Hudson before, and I have the men's version in my stash. In fact, I already have the fabric (a beautiful loopy grey marl, currently out of stock) cut out for a pair of new joggers for my husband! Yep, we all need more joggers during lockdown. In addition to the original ladies pattern, the Hudson also comes in kid's version, which might provide a proper matchy matchy option for the whole family if that's what you are after. The Hudson are very well reviewed patterns, and come with a full sew-along, which would be helpful if you haven't sewn joggers before, regardless of what pattern you are using really.
Alice from Queen of Darts
The knee patches are added on top of the legs. I think it would be easy enough to add to the adult versions by drafting a similar pattern piece.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing what you make :)
Oh that is so sweet. Both girls looks gorgeous <3 . Love it.
Ooo definitely buying the adult pattern to try.
But also totally want to add knee pads for them, especially as I would benefit from the knee protection when exercising!
Were the legs on the child ones cut in two with the pads sewn in between or added ontop of the legs for extra protection? 😊