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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Friday, November 20, 2020

A great free pattern

 Before I live up to the promise of the title I have to say two things that are really important.

One is thank you thank you to all of those who left comments, or emailed me with gluten free cooking advice. I have been trying to figure out what has been going on with my body for a while now, a diagnosis is great, but figuring out this day to day has been an adjustment. I felt so helped and supported by your kind interest. It really made me feel better.

The second thing I want to say is that I have decided to just post pictures of the real me in clothes for the purpose of letting you see the details rather than fussing too much about the having folks see what my actual 67 year-old-body looks like. This is me, and that's all there is to say about that.

Now onto the free pattern. As you know I have been doing a lot of sewing for my family. This particular pattern for "Yoggers" sort of jogging pants with some fit, sort of, was something I made 11 times this last month. Three pair for my 92 year-old-mother (for her I left off the cuff at the bottom) four for my daughter and four for me.

The funny thing is that I made the same size for all of us, just with my little mom's inseam 4 inches shorter.

It's a free pattern from Petite Stitchery. Here is the picture and here is the line drawing:

I actually never thought I would make myself some "sweats" to wear around the house, since I am such a well-known fashion icon as you have probably already picked up.

But honestly.

If there ever was a winter to retreat into the homestead and wear comfy clothes it seems to me that being in the middle of a global pandemic would be it.

I found this pattern when I was doing the usual time wasting pattern site cruising. There are a million of this type of pattern around but I liked this one the best because:

1. It was free

2. The leg wasn't too tight. Honestly some of them look like leggings with cuffs.

3. The waist goes all the way up to the waist.

Now this pattern has optional pockets which I should have put in but I was sewing up 11 pairs in periods of time when I was supposed to be cooking dinner so they were out.

The pattern also has a drawstring waistline, rather than elastic, which I wasn't sure I would like but I do. No trying to figure out how long to cut the elastic and they stay up nicely. However for my mom's did put in elastic because I figured she was not at a drawstring stage of her life. For my daughter's I put the buttonholes for the drawstring on the outside of the waistband and for mine on the inside so I could tuck the drawstring in and out of the way.

On a couple of my pairs I made both the cuffs at the bottom and the waistband piece out of ribbing which I thought was extra comfortable. I just made all my buttonholes by drawing the size on a piece of interfacing and making them from the wrong side right through it, which was really fast.

There is a nice leg to these pants. I should tell you that the cuff at the bottom isn't particularly tight, this makes them very comfortable, so you might want to check that if you want something tighter around the ankle.

So here are a couple of my pairs. I will be wearing these in my house until the spring I expect, or a vaccine, whatever comes first!


Jill said...

This is perfect timing, thank you! Perfect pattern for the soft fabric I bought today!

BarbaraShowell said...

Nice free pattern. I just wanted to tell you as a nurse of going on 30 years, and right on your heels age wise, your body should be a delight and a joy. It’s erect and strong enough to interact with dogs and grandkids, and there is nothing to apologize for. I don’t think your audience has too many 15 year old teen boys in groups. Frankly, I wish my figure was as good.

Karen said...

Barbara your pants look great. We are now out of Winter here in Australia but I made 3 pairs of the Style Arc Joni sweat pants. II have worn them a lot. Hope you all stay well and warm over in Canada.

SheilaM said...

Thanks for this and these look really nice on you.. wel as far as joggers go :-) I am wearing Footie bottoms a lot at the moment,,, saves even having to put socks on and also very simple to make.

Laurinda said...

They look great on you, too. I'm not a fan of slim fit (palazzos for the win!) Otherwise I'd be all over that pattern :-D

I don't have a recipe, just a recommendation- it you can find it, the pasta made from artichoke hearts is the best gluten free pasta out there, with the perfect texture

Noile said...

OK, the pants look great, but what's really smashing is how excellent the aqua ones look with your turquoise glasses!

Anonymous said...

It is so refreshing to see you being honest about your body. I am even older than you,so you can imagine what I look like,

doll lover said...

Barbara, your pants look great on you! Question - did you use fabric with stretch?

Barbara said...

Doll lover yes I used knits for all pairs of pants.

Joansy said...

I just found your blog, and I love it! I am 67, too, and I love your humor, your honesty, and your style. I am subscribing right now, and can't wait to see more of your blog!