So, I’m almost a month late with this. I’m not gonna lie, these pants were not completed in September. I finished them on October 4th and then didn’t get photos taken for 2 more weeks after that. I did start them in September, though!
My friend Amanda and I signed up for a yoga class together this Fall, so I thought, what a better thing to make her than some yoga pants? Unexpectedly, she took a flight off of her bike (so scary!) and broke her hand, so these yoga pants will just be for chillaxing purposes for now. Continue to heal well, Amanda!
I bought 5 yards of this red supplex from Fabric Mart many moons ago, before I
realized admitted to myself what a fabric hoarder I was becoming. Five yards can make a LOT of athletic wear. I actually have a pair of these same Jalie yoga pants from the same fabric and still have a couple of yards left. Oy to the vey.
But, Amanda’s are a wee bit different. I decided to go all the way (chick a bow bow?) and twin needle top stitch all of the seams. It took about twice as long as the pair I made, but they look so nice.
Can I confess something? This is the first time I have successfully sewn anything with a twin needle. I tried once before, but immediately broke the needle (and these things aren’t cheap!), gave up, and went back to zig-zagging my hems. I also tried sewing these up with just a plain ol’ twin needle and it kept skipping stitches like a mofo…it was then that I kept looking through my needle reserves and found a stretch twin needle (duh) which worked like a charm.
Gotta say, now that I’ve figured this out with my new sewing machine, I’m excited to have much nicer looking finishes on future knit projects! I had toyed with the idea of getting a cover stitch machine, and it may happen someday (not anytime soon, since I just got my new sewin’ baby last month) but in the meantime, I’m really happy with how this looks.
Time to order a whole slew of stretch twin needles from Wawak!
Anywho, back to the pants. Since I decided to do these “right,” I added elastic to the waistline as directed, which I omitted in my own pair. It looks pretty freaky and wavy just hanging out (I can’t figure out if this is from the top stitching or the initial zig zag application. I suspect the former)…
…but look just fine when they’re on.
So, I’d say this is a case that all’s well that wears well.
I ended up making a size larger than the Jalie size chart recommends, size I felt my own pair, which were made in the size recommended, were a little snug in this same fabric. Amanda and I also have similar inseams, so I shortened these accordingly: instead of using the longest length available, I used one size shorter, which works out to around a 1″ reduction in length.
All in all, these turned out great. Yay for Sew Selfless September!
Sadly, mere hours (maybe two?) after I took these photos, an ember flew out of the firepit we were all gathered around and BURNED A HOLE in Amanda’s new pants. Seriously, fire? F*ck you. At least she wasn’t hurt.
Silver lining: since these are nylon, the hole probably won’t fray, since the fabric likely melted. Again, so glad she wasn’t hurt! Eep.