Pattern Review Sewing for Children

GYCT Designs Trendsetter Joggers

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I’m so excited to share with you the newest PDF pattern release from GYCT Designs (affiliate link), the Trendsetter Joggers! It has been a while since I’ve sewn something for my son so when I got the opportunity to test this pattern, I quickly signed up. I was fortunate to have been chosen and wow, what a great experience! I was among the group who worked directly with the pattern designer, Chelsea, and I really appreciate the support we got from her. She answered all our questions and was very attentive. I still consider myself a beginner, so yes, this pattern is ideal for a beginner and note, you don’t need a serger to sew this awesome pattern! Side note, I got a serger for Christmas and I still haven’t used it 🙁

I received the pattern and tested the size 2, slim fit with large cuffs and pockets. There are so many options for this pattern, such as relaxed fit, slim fit, pockets, side strip, and a few more. Click here  to check out more options. The first time I sewed this, it took me about 4 hours to complete from cutting the pattern to sewing the final cuff. The first pair I sewed were the green joggers, with fabric purchased from LA Finch Fabrics (Double Brushed Poly – Distressed green).

Double Brushed Poly Spandex Grunge Green Knit

I don’t think the fabric is available anymore but I’m sure you can find something you’ll love on the site. I did have a problem with the large cuff option as I used the length of the cuff for what should have been the width. I didn’t realize this until I was getting ready to sew my second pair. Gladly, Chelsea and the fabulous GYCT Facebook Group helped me work through this minor issue (go join). As you can see from the second pair of joggers, the cuff is much more relaxed. What I like about sewing is that you can make your own modifications. I think I prefer the cuff somewhere in between these two fits and of course, I’ll find out in my next pair (my husband likes the cuff on the bat joggers).

I’ve never sewn these kind of side pockets so I was a bit nervous, but the instructions were very detailed and illustrations guided me through this process.

slim fit, large cuff and side pockets

The second time around I finished the joggers in about an hour!! I used fabric purchased from KwikKnits on Etsy (bat fabric/cotton lycra) and the solid black used for throuthe large cuff was purchased from Girl Charlee – Cotton/Spandex. Since I was on a time crunch, I opted out of the side stripes and drawstring option, but that will be done on my next pair. The waistband elastic on the joggers fit my 23 month old perfectly and instructions were great.  *Tip* I used a safety pin to guide the elastic through the casing.

I’m going to go back to the green pair and remove the current cuffs and sew on the cuffs with the correct measurements. Currently, the cuffs are a bit tight on my son’s ankle.

This is a pattern that I will sew over and over for my son and for gifts. I love that you can make the joggers unique with fabric selection and different fit options. This is my first GYCT Designs Pattern but I already have another pattern, Happily Ever After Dress for my niece, on my sewing (diner) table! If you have a chance to test a pattern, I definitely recommend you jump on the opportunity. This has been a wonderful experience and what makes it better is that this is a great pattern.

Supplies used: less than 1 yard knit fabric, Singer Tradition sewing machine, ballpoint needle, rotary cutter and scissors, cutting mat and Gutermann thread






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