I realized a couple of months ago that I had inadvertently started a healthy collection of jogger pants patterns. It’s actually one of my most redundant pattern styles, right up there with dolmans (7: EYMM Kymy, P4P Pumpkin Spice, Love Notions La Bella Donna, Shwin Carol, Shwin Day Tripper, SUAT Flora, WBM Daisy Drop-Shoulder Tee. Yikes, I didn’t know it was THAT bad) and raglans (just 3 – P4P relaxed, Greenstyle Centerfield, and Terra’s Treasures Riviera). I am the proud owner of 5 joggers patterns, though I’m only reviewing 4 here. I’m omitting the Go To Knit pants because I just haven’t seen a ton of interest in that pattern in the groups I participate in. I’m also not including the EYMM Freestyle Harems because the style is much more relaxed than a jogger. This review includes (in alphabetical order by designer):
- Greenstyle Brassies as the generally acknowledged favorite and gold standard
- Halla Lounge Pants as the new kid on the block (disclosure: I received this pattern free from the designer)
- Papercut Animas as the underdog
- Wardrobe By Me Urban Sweats as the dark horse (disclosure: I was a tester when this pattern was released)
I know any good joggers review should also include the True Bias Hudsons as the alternate gold standard but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy another pattern, and I’m not quite bold enough to start asking designers for freebies in exchange for reviews. If anyone has another pattern to suggest, I’ll cover the Go Tos, pick up the Hudsons, and do another post.
Here’s my process:
- Buy fabric (duh) – the main fabric for all joggers is French terry from PurpleSeamstress; accent fabrics detailed below
- Figure my size and cut all pattern pieces & fabric
- Check my seat seam curve with a flexi ruler and trace onto plastic; compare with paper seat seams (want more info on seat seam adjustment? Go see Becca). I’m not going to show that comparison here because I think it’s information overload. I will plan on a separate post when I make my frankenjoggers
- Sew all 4 patterns AS DRAFTED. Seat seam comparison was for information only- it won’t help anyone else if I alter the patterns to fit just my butt. I think these will be close enough for now, and I’ll adjust whichever pattern turns out to be my favorite)
- I followed the same basic construction for all patterns to keep things easy: install pockets per pattern instructions, make each leg by sewing inseam and side seam, tuck one leg in the other to sew seat seam/ faux fly; add cuffs; waistband per pattern instructions. Halla and WBM are written this way; Greenstyle and Papercut have different construction steps/ order
- Check fit hot off the sewing machine (everyone does this, right?)
- Launder, then check fit and take pictures including squat shots (ha!). Please don’t critique my form- I never have any idea if I’m doing squats right. But I did a bunch for these pictures, so I’m feeling good today!
Greenstyle Brassies (Join the Greenstyle Facebook group HERE)
Black French Terry, Znok beetles from Halla Fabrics, short pants length
Summary: These are the only full-length pants I made and I like them! The fit is a little long through the seat, with a mid-fit everywhere else- just your basic, classic jogger. Really comfy and easy to wear. The pants bag a bit over the ankle cuff, but that is intentional. Even though I made a mistake and installed my waistband inside out (my buttonholes face my belly), this is also my favorite waistband of all 4 patterns; this is the low rise. I really like that the pocket doesn’t add any bulk to the hip area BUT it’s really shallow and not all that functional for actually retaining things while moving. I wore these to the park and my Samsung Galaxy (not a huge phone) fell out a bunch of times, though my keys stayed in the other pocket Ok.
Halla Lounge Pants (Join the Halla Facebook group HERE)
Heather French terry and skulls from Piccadilly Textile Corp; pedal pusher length
I was really expecting these to be my favorite because I’ve loved everything I’ve seen posted on facebook, but this pattern was a little hit-or-miss for my body. I really like the fit through the seat- for a looser sweatpant, this fits my butt like yoga pants, and I count that as a win.But they are really loose from there, with a lot of fabric around the knee. I’m guessing they are awesome as full-length pants, but as capris they feel too baggy on me. Because of all the fullness, I had a hard time stretching my waistband and cuffs to fit the main fabric without puckers. I know it doesn’t really matter since it’s all stretchy anyway, but I like a smooth finish for the best stretch. These are the only joggers that didn’t include elastic in the waistband so they are very comfy, but if you don’t use good knit, you might get sagging after some wear. I like the idea of exposed patch pockets (who doesn’t want to show off awesome fabric?). In execution they are a little bulky and hard to get perfect, but I like them a lot better after running through the laundry. The good? Seriously these are perfect Princess Jasmine/ Cosplay/ belly dancing pants. Just leave the side seam open, finish your edges, and these would be amazing in a really lightweight knit with more stable bands. These are also probably the best pattern if you have full/ muscular thighs and a small but round butt.
|Halla Lounge Pants|
|Pocket Style||Optional patch|
|Waistband style||Knit- regular and foldover|
|Lengths||Shorts, pedal pusher, pants|
|Pattern extras||Printed inseam ruler, band measurements included, layers|
|Design extras||Tapered cuff, patch pockets|
|Overall fit||Fitted rear, roomy everywhere else|
|The Good||Beautifully drafted- easy to assemble and cut; bands and pockets are in a separate file so it’s easy to not print them|
|The Bad||Pattern comes in multiple files and can be cumbersome if printing all; line drawings online but not in pattern|
Papercut Animas (Like the Papercut Facebook page HERE)
Charcoal-Black Two-tone French Terry, yarn-dyed stripes from Michael Levine’s Loft, capri length
I had high hopes for these based on the recommendation of a fellow seamstress. The modeled pictures looked like the perfect Goldilocks fit of not-too-tight, not-too-loose, and I liked the structured waistband that looked like it had RTW detailing, especially with the shorts length. As I got going, I liked the pocket construction and faux fly, but things sort of came apart from there. The waistband just did not work for me, though I possibly could have done something wrong? The 2″ elastic gets stitched into the waistband seam, then the waistband wraps over it and then top-stitched down. Mine looks pretty ugly up close, and that makes me sad, especially with the fabric distribution across the front. It looks like I will need to significantly adjust the front to clear my hips better. The cuffs also feel really long, so if I come back to this pattern I’ll shorten them probably by an inch or two. Otherwise, the fit felt OK through the seat, thighs, and knees, and I like the pockets. Also, this two-tone charcoal French terry is the MOST delicious fabric- definitely the softest of the bunch.
|Seam allowance||1 cm (3/8″)|
|Pocket Style||Set-in slant|
|Waistband style||Knit + elastic + drawstring|
|Lengths||Shorts, capris, pants|
|Design extras||Faux fly|
|My mods||Top-stitched pocket opening|
|The Good||Stabilized pocket opening, understitched pocket bag|
|The Bad||Waistband construction is squirrely|
Wardrobe By Me Urban Sweats (Join the Wardrobe By Me Facebook group HERE)
Oatmeal French terry and floral ponte from LDG Show Room, capri length
I mentioned I was a tester for this pattern, so I already have 3 pairs of these in my regular rotation. That’s why I sized down- I know I like a slimmer fit through the seat, which is intentionally a little long and relaxed. If you want a more typical looser jogger fit, go with your size according to the chart. Overall, I really do (still) love this pattern. The fit works for me, and I especially like the slight easing in the upper inseam that keeps the pants from drooping over time. I also like the thoughtful design details like the side stripe and faux fly. The only downside is that the 2″ elastic is REALLY snug in the waistband if you go over the 1/4″ seam allowance at all. I usually add 1/2″ in height to the waistband to help it clear the elastic, but I didn’t do that for this pair. I also didn’t think about blending in with my wall when I made these.
|Wardrobe By Me Urban Sweats|
|My size||6 (I really should have done an 8, I know, but I chose to size down)||
|Pocket Style||Set in slant|
|Waistband style||Knit + elastic|
|Lengths||Shorts, capris, pants|
|Pattern extras||Notches; easy to print in b/w with dashed lines; layers; no-trim pages|
|Design extras||Faux fly, side stripe|
|Overall fit||Moderately slim, and I sized down from my measurements|
|My mods||Included side stripe, lengthened cuff slightly to account for ponte; widened cuff for mid-calf|
|The Good||The upper inseam just below the seat has some easing to improve fit|
|The Bad||The 2″ elastic in the waistband is snug; would be OK if you used a 4-way stretch knit for the band.|
|My measurements: W 29.5″; H: 39.5″; Pants inseam: 26 1/2″|
|Greenstyle Brassies||Papercut Animas||Halla Lounge Pants||WBM Urban Sweats|
|Seam allowance||3/8″||1 cm (3/8″)||1/4″||1/4″|
|Pocket Style||Inset patch||Set in slant||Optional patch||Set in slant|
|Waistband style||Knit +elastic + drawstring||Knit + elastic + drawstring||Knit- regular and foldover||Knit + elastic|
|Lengths||Shorts, capris, pants||Shorts, capris, pants||Pedal pusher, pants||Shorts, capris, pants|
|Pattern extras||Shorten/ lenthen lines||Notches||Printed inseam ruler, band measurements included, layers||Notches; easy to print in b/w with dashed lines; layers; no-trim pages|
|Design extras||low rise/ mid rise options; pockets add almost no bulk||Faux fly||Tapered cuff||Faux fly, side stripe|
|Overall fit||Moderately slim||Roomy||Roomy||Moderately slim|
|My mods||Shortened 1″ at mid-thigh shorten line||Top-stitched pocket opening||None||Included side stripe, lengthened cuff slightly to account for ponte|
|The Good||Stabilized pocket opening||Stabilized pocket opening, understitched pocket bag||Beautifully drafted- easy to assemble and cut; bands and pockets are in a separate file so it’s easy to not print them||The upper inseam just below the seat has some easing to improve fit|
|The Bad||Shallow pocket||Waistband construction is squirrely||Pattern comes in multiple files and can be cumbersome if printing all; line drawings online but not in pattern||2″ elastic in waistband is snug|
Did I miss anything? If you have any questions or suggestions for a follow-up post, drop me a comment! I’m giving my joggers tons of wear for MeMadeMay – check me out on Instagram @DoodleNumber5.
Nice comparison! Think I like the look of the Brassies best. For a future line-up, you might consider the Winter Wear Designs Aviators; selling points include nice cargo pockets and welt back pockets, a triangular color blocking option, and can be made from stretch woven as well as knit. 🙂
This is one of the most thorough comparison reviews I’ve seen in a long time! You missed the Winter Wear Designs Aviators which are the ones I own.
Looks like i need to get my hands on the Halla Joggers though because the large quads would fit me best.
On you, I like the Greenstyle fit best. 😉
When I was looking for a pair to make back in February, it was between the Greenstyle-Brassies and Hatchling Patterns-Moto Joggers and I went with the Moto. I think I didn’t do the proper size…baggy in areas that one doesn’t want baggy. I will try again.
Love to know what you think of the Moto. 🙂
I have the Aviators! I didn’t even think of those, but I can add them to the line-up. I’ll have to check out the Motos. Thanks for the ideas!
What a great review! I laughed because I thought – where are the Hudson’s, and then you answered it! I’d suggest the M is for Moto Joggers by Thread Faction (was called Thread Faction). Has some interesting options and an amazing fit/length guide to get everything just right.
I love my Brassies and now you’re having me think about the WBM. I have also wondered about M is for Moto, in case you want to do that second comparison post 🙂
Yes! I have a 2nd review post in process that includes the Hudsons, Motos, Go Tos, and the new ones from Duck Butt
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