When I went to the first session of Garment Construction I at Seneca College, the instructor told us about our projects: a lined skirt with slant pockets and a vent and a jogging suit. Jogging suit? Do those still exist? The following week, one of my classmates came armed with Jalie patterns more in line with what is worn for exercise in these contemporary times. Nonna, the instructor, approved Jalie 3022 and I promptly ordered it.
I like that it has the insert in the waistband and a seam down the back of the leg. The pant is fitted throughout the hip and is a bootcut from the knee down. It is very much in the line of Lululemon pants, if you are into them (and I am!). With the quality of the fabric going downhill while the price rises, it is fantastic to find that I can make these myself, in more breathable fabrics.
I went to Queen Textile during March Break, and it is not a shop that one would expect to have the type of fabric appropriate to this type of garment. They tend to specialize in silks and other high end fabrics, and are my main source for dupioni. However, I found a beautiful rayon ponte that I ended up using for the project. It has more stretch in the lengthwise grain than on the cross grain, which created issues in my other class project. For this pattern, it was lovely and well-behaved, apart from the bulk at the seam joins.
I realize now, in looking again at the pattern and at my version, I have matched the colours. This was wholly unintentional! I loved the heather grey ponte I found at Queen Textile, and had to have it!
I really love that back leg seam. It adds shape. I did not love all of the topstitching in this pant, particularly as pieces came together and seam joins became bulkier. I also didn’t love when some of the under stitching popped, at the elastic in the waistband. Nonna said I could try a Microtex needle in future, rather than the stretch needle, when under stitching in this area.
It is really nice to know that I can make these at less than half the cost of what I would pay at Lululemon. This time, due to the cost of the pattern, I made them for about 40$. The fabric was 18$/m, so future yoga pants will be closer to the 1,2m cost of fabric. I mean, who doesn’t have gobs of black thread and elastic to hand?