Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simplicity 8378 Knit Joggers

Sometimes you imagine a sewing project resulting in a sleek, wearable, basic jogger, but then you end up with sweatpants.


These pants are Simplicity 8378, from Simplicity's new "Pattern Hacking" line. Curious about what exactly they meant by that and looking for something to write about for the Curvy Sewing Collective's Pattern Hacking Month, I bought the pattern on sale and got to making. 


I used a charcoal grey ponte from Joann and cut a size XL in the slim leg pant, with elastic added to the cuff. I shortened the pants by 1.5" because they were quite long, but could have taken even more length off. I feel the pants are a little bit big; I was between sizes and perhaps should have sized down rather than up.


All in all, the pants are fine. No major fit issues besides being slightly oversized and long. But the end result reads sweatpants to me. I'm going to give this pair of pants an emphatic "meh." But they are comfy, so I'm sure I'll still wear them a ton- I'll already worn them 3 or 4 times since making them!


I've also got a full review of the pattern over on the Curvy Sewing Collective today if you're interested in more details and my feelings about whether or not this pattern really constitutes pattern hacking.



23 comments:

  1. Well, the *are* cute how you've styled them with the tee and cardi. Love those colors together! But yeah, I can see the sweatpants vibe. Still, nothing wrong with some nice sweatpants.

    On a separate note, I was looking through your past projects trying to find out if you've made a specific top I recently saw (that's another topic - the Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top??) and realized just how many indies you've sewn. But then I also realized that you were in Thailand, probably without access to many tissue patterns without big postage costs. And now I see you're already running out to buy a Simplicity now that you're back in the States. :-) What's my point? Umm ... I really liked looking at all your past projects, and I hope your new home has big closets. Hahaha!

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    1. Argggbhhh... THEY are cute ...

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    2. I do actually like the pants, they're just not actually what I envisioned, so I think I was having trouble reconciling that!

      I haven't sewn the Bethioua, but I've seen several lovely versions! Cool yoke!

      Yeah, when I was in Thailand I didn't have regular access to reliable mail (sometimes I could convince a friend at the Embassy to receive packages for me), so I didn't do too much ordering online. Printable/PDF patterns were my go-to. But now that there's a Joann within 10 minutes, I imagine I'll succumb to the Big 4 pattern sales now and again!

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  2. Best opening sentence to a post!

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  3. Love the review. I think I'd try these with something between wide and skinny/narrow width pants. You commented that you thought the gray ponte made the finished pants feel like sweatpants. I think the color combined with the elastic hem gives them a sweatpant appearance.

    Had to giggle about your "...decently tall..." self-description. How tall would you need to be to be indecently tall?

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    1. Yeah, the color, elastic leg and general slouchiness certainly contributes to the sweatpants vibe. But they were even more slouchy without the elastic!

      Ha, probably the wrong word choice. I meant "decent" in the sense of "adequate; fair; passable: a decent wage," but I probably should have written "somewhat" or something ;-)

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  4. They're really cute but you're right...not "joggers".

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    1. Yeah, too slouchy for that! But so, so comfy!

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  5. They are excellent sweat/lounge pants, at any rate!! Perfect for chilling around the house. Off to read your CSC review!

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    1. They definitely are. And let's be real: I'm not too proud to wear them outside of the house, either!

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  6. Agree with Debbie Cook - yes sweat pant vibe, but the outfit looks stylish and comfortable! Don't forget pants like that allow you to comfortably wear long undies (if needed!) and great around the house.

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  7. But they are the cutest sweatpants, lol!!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! I've certainly gotten a lot of wear out of them!

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  8. I followed your link to read the other review as well, interesting how the strongest "hack" part of this pattern is how Simplicity used the term. I get tired of that description used all the time anyway, and if the big 4 are jumping on it will go out of vogue again and we can use "modified the design" or variations of such again. ANYWAY, I agree the pants are more like traditional sweats than what I think of as jogger, but they do look to be very functional and comfortable and presentable sweats at that. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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    1. Ha ha- probably true... "hack" will probably fall by the wayside soon.

      In any case, the pants are very comfy and a good basic!

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  9. I reckon they're pretty cute, especially with the gathered cuffs, a little big genie pants. I'm curious if the SA is still 5/8 inch on their newer knit patterns? And yeah, to me hacking essentially means redrafting or blending. I think it's a marketing ploy ;)

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    1. Damn auto correct that should read 'a little BIT genie pants'!

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    2. Yep, still 5/8", which is a little bit annoying. And definitely a marketing attempt!

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  11. Naturally, I made a mistake in the above loooong post. I meant, should I sew the wool middle layer as an underlining with the fashion fabric, or would it be appropriate to sew it with the lining fabric? I am also considering using Bemberg as the lining fabric. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Pam- thanks so much for your offer to pick up things for me in Bangkok. I think I'm all set, but I really appreciate it!

      Also, I wish I could help you with your question, but I think it's a bit outside my zone of experience. I haven't made a lined coat before, so I don't think I'm the best person to answer this. Since the coat pattern you're using is a Lisette pattern, I recommend trying to reach out to Liesl or pose the question in the message boards on Oliver & S: https://oliverands.com/community/forums/all
      https://oliverands.com/search/results/?q=b6385&submit=go#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=b6385&gsc.page=1 I wish I could be more helpful!

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  12. Thank you - don't know why it did not occur to me.

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