Hi there! Sewingridd here with you today. I’m sharing my newest pair of Skye Joggers (aff link) with you! I have to admit, this is my fourth pair of Skye Joggers… So what I’m about to tell you might not be completely unprejudiced, so you’re warned. 😉
The Skye Joggers are nice and comfortable with a slim, modern fit. The higher waist and ankles are finished with a knit cuff. Additionally, they feature nice sufficiently deep pockets, two length options, optional drawstring, and clear illustrated instructions! So they’re perfect for leisure, actual sports, and I’ve even seen some super duper chic versions!
Like I said, this is my newest pair. It’s not the fourth pair in my closet, but actually my second. Why? Well, my first ever pair of Skyes got lost in Prague, just a week after I finished them. 🙁 🙁 Those were the first pair of well fitting pants I made, so I’m still grieving over them. Of course, I decided to make a second pair to replace the first. That was kind of a summer version, because the fabric was quite thin.
When my sister saw my joggers, she also wanted a pair, my third time sewing the pattern. I let her pick the fabrics and design and made here some. It was out of some thick sweater fabric, because she’s always cold. That got me thinking… I had my summery pair of Skye Joggers, but the weather turned colder. As I needed some more coziness, I decided it was time to sew up my fourth pair of Skyes out of some winter suitable fabric.
It doesn’t take long to sew up these joggers. The only thing that always takes me a little more time than calculated are the pockets, although they’re not complicated at all. The first time I sewed the pattern, I adjusted the pattern to better fit my body. The changes were transferred onto the pattern, so whenever I take out the pattern, I know it will fit. The only adjustments I needed were scooping the front crotch curve and widening the calves and ankle bands a few centimeters.
But still , the choice of fabric really matters! For this starry version I used this navy jogging fabric with fleece inside and a glitter stars print. Although it has 10% elasthan, it is not that stretchy. So for this fabric, it turned out that I could’ve used some more space around the top of my thighs. Luckily the joggers stretched sufficiently with some wear. Such a huge difference with my summery pair. That red french terry is so much thinner and stretchier, resulting in more baggy pants.
On the ankle and waistband you will need more stretch than on the legs themselves. If you omit that (like I did on my sister’s pair) you NEED to add more width to it, otherwise you won’t be able to squeeze yourself in there. On this pair I used a solid, firm tricot for the waist and ankle cuffs. This was a remnant from a dress I made last year. I like the contrast this brings, which makes them look more interesting to me.
As you can see there’s also a solid triangle at the pocket opening. I really love this feature, although I have to admit that it wasn’t planned. When cutting the pocket pieces and facing from the solid fabric I didn’t realize that the pocket piece (not the facing) would show on the outside. Luckily, when I saw it I instantly liked it!
So now I have my own winter proof Skye Joggers! I already extensively tested them and they’re approved! I want to encourage you to try and make your own version of joggers and try to make some variations, for example:
- use unconventional fabric (like velvet, denim-look tricot or even lamé!)
- add a fun drawstring
- trying different fabric combinations
- add piping or decorative band at the pocket openings or side seams
There’s plenty of inspiration all over the internet and the streets!