A Review of The Yoggers FREE Pdf Pattern by Petite Stitchery & Co.
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I realised the other day that I do not own a pair of 'Lounge Pants' - something that you can be comfortable in all day, even sleep in, but are respectful enough to pop out to the supermarket in. I had a feeling that I already owned such a pattern and after a trawl through my files found The Yoggers by Petite Stitchery & Co. which is a FREE pdf pattern.
Whether you are jogging or yogging, the Yoggers are guaranteed to be a favourite. The 2020 update takes this classic freebie and gives it a whole new fit and now includes the current size range, XS-4X!
Source: Petite Stitchery & Co.
The Yoggers have a slim fit, waistband with drawstring option, pockets and come in multiple lengths:
shorts with a 2.5” inseam
full length joggers.
I chose to make the full length Yoggers with pockets and a drawstring waist. Recommended fabric is 50%, 4-way stretch. I used some sparkly lightweight scuba from ForeverFabrics (no longer trading). It's so soft against the skin and washes well. I didn't feel it would offer enough support around the waist which is why I chose the drawstring version so I could pull it in a little tighter.
The Yoggers Pdf Pattern comes in sizes XS-4X with A0, A4, US Letter and Projector versions. The pdf is layered too which is great. The instructions are clear and well laid out.
My measurements put me in a XL with no grading required. The Yoggers are drafted for a height of 5'5" to 5'7" with a finished inseam of 30". My inseam is 28" and the pattern instructions recommend taking out length evenly from the thigh and calf. This is not marked on the pattern pieces so I measured halfway between my inseam and knee and measured that on the pattern as thigh and also halfway between my knee and ankle and marked that as calf. I felt nervous about taking a full 2" out of the length so took out just 1" (1/2" from each thigh and calf mark).
The pattern instructions for The Yoggers suggest putting button holes in the waistband to thread the drawstring through. I practised on scrap fabric, but could not get a neat buttonhole sewn. Perhaps the scuba is too stretchy? I did add interfacing to the fabric but it did not help at all. Another option I tried was metal rivet/eyelets but the ones I had were a bit too small. In the end, I just cut small slits into the scuba fabric. This fabric doesn't fray and because I put interfacing on the reverse there is no stretch. Its an experiment anyway - we'll see how well that solution lasts.
I'm happy with my finished Yoggers. They are so comfortable and easy to wear. I probably could have taken more length out of the legs but they still look good. I love the pockets and the fit around the hips and legs. I might try a waistband with elastic next time though. Not that I need shorts at the moment, but this pattern will be great to sew up fun quick and easy shorts for a holiday in the sun!