Pattern Review: Vanessa Jogger Pants by Jalie

By Sarah 

Looking for a new style of pant to try out? Perhaps one that is both comfortable and sporty? Why not give Jalie's new pattern, the Vanessa, a try! Jalie is kinda known for their plethora of athleisure wear and actual athletic wear patterns such as bike shorts and ice skating dresses. They just put out a new bomber jacket pattern that I'm dying to make in one of our new shimmery rayons for a light and summery look.   

If you, for any reason, don't want to go 'full jogger' with these pants then just leave off the band and elastic on the legs and simply hem them. As the pattern cover shows, a dressier pare would look lovely like this. All views/options in this pattern feature the beloved curved inset pockets, a faux fly and an elastic waist with drawstring for a customized fit. There aren't any back pockets but they would be easy to add, for sure. 

Jalie is great for sewists with kids in that their patterns include both adult and children sizes, so get out your tracing paper. Refer to this post if you don't know what I'm talking about and find out why tracing your patterns is the way to go:  The Practicalities of Swedish Tracing Paper.

I have never sewn a waistband like this and I have to say it was so easy and fun! After you run your elastic through the waistband, you then, while stretching the elastic taught, sew a channel for the drawstring or cord to be run through. 2" wide elastic is needed for the waistband and 1.5" is needed for the leg hem bands (if adding). I cut my 2" wide elastic down to 1.5". I recently overheard a customer in the shop saying that she does this on the regular. At first I silently gasped thinking that the elastic would fray horribly but then quickly realized that since elastic is usually securely encased with fabric that it probably wasn't a bad idea and a resorcfull one at that! 

These jogger pants were made using a fine cotton stripe by Robert Kaufman but would be lovely in a linen and cotton blend such as Essex (maybe in mango or nautical?)  or a Brussels Washer linen/rayon blend or for that dressier pair try a rayon challis. I forgot to mention that Jalie's size range is wider than that of most other patterns which may lend itself to more successful fitting. This sample, which is currently on display in the shop, is a size 'W' which is on the lower end of the medium size spectrum. Always feel free to try on any sample in the shop, even if it is on a dress form, we will happily take it off for you. This is why we make samples! We love seeing our customers get all excited over a new pattern!