Pattern Review

Instant Gratification (or not) — Jocole Skinny Pants

I wanted to love this pattern.  I really did.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

All the other Capsule Sewalong ladies sang its praises from here to high heaven, along with all Jocole patterns.  So even though I’ve never sewn a Jocole pattern before, I had really high hopes for this pattern — the Ladies Skinny Pants.  Not to mention that if this pattern fit well, it would be a super comfy instant gratification sew, which is hard to come by in pants.

But it’s just not doing it for me.

I mean, the pattern is fine, and I imagine that other Jocole patterns are too, so please don’t take this review as counsel to avoid this pattern company.  But I’m just not loving these pants.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

These pants actually look pretty cute.  When I look at the photos, I can tell that they’re flattering and seem to fit and accentuate really nicely.  But…they are really uncomfortable!

Really it comes down to one main complaint:  I think that yoga-style waistbands should stay on yoga pants.  There, I said it.  I don’t like the waistband, which is one of the main features of these pants.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

I opted for the thinner waistband, and even though the rise is correct and the fit is tight enough, these pants are constantly slipping down my hips.  I hate pants that I have to pull up all the time, and these definitely fall into that category.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

My fabric is a basic stretch twill, and I can’t remember where it came from.  Most likely from Michael Levine, but I can’t confirm that.  My fabric might be contributing to my opinion of these pants.  I increased my seam allowances and narrowed the lower legs in particular, but the fabric may have too much stretch and not enough recovery to work really well.  it’s also just a tad shinier and slicker than I would prefer.

In the end, these pants were a perfect storm — a style that I don’t particular enjoy, and fabric that isn’t ideal.  Oh well.  Can’t win them all.

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

Creative Counselor: Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants

Pattern: Ladies Skinny Pants by Jocole Patterns.

Cost: $14 USD

Size: 8, but I took enough out of the side seams that it was probably more like a 6 or even a 4.  

Fabric: Black stretch twill, I think from Michael Levine.

Difficulty: Beginner.

Techniques required: Pants fitting, if necessary, sewing with knits.

Similar patterns:  Aspen Pants by Greenstyle Patterns (I actually like those — they didn’t fall down); Simple Skinny Jeans by Sew Liberated (I hated those too — that should have been a sign).

Modifications: Narrowed the lower leg a lot, took some width out of all the side seams to account for my stretch fabric, and did a swayback adjustment on the back rise.

Fit:  Eh.  The fit is generally okay, but they keep slipping down my hips.

Pattern Format: PDF.  Now one thing I really did like about this pattern was the PDF file.  All the sizes are layered, so I could print off just one size at a time.  That was nice.

Pros:

  • Very easy construction.
  • Quick sew.  There are a total of 4 seams and 2 hems, which makes them very fast, even for a slow sewist like me.
  • I liked the layered PDF file so I could print only my size.

Cons:

  • It’s official — I don’t like pants with yoga waistbands unless they are, in fact, yoga pants. Now that I have confirmed that, I won’t buy them anymore.
  • These pants keep slipping down my hips, which is really annoying.

Overall Grade:  B-/C+.  These would be ranked lower for me (probably a D for my personal ranking), but I recognize that a lot of people really like them and love yoga waistbands.  If that’s your cup of tea, give these a shot.  You might like them.  If you share my view of yoga waistbands, just stay away.

0 thoughts on “Instant Gratification (or not) — Jocole Skinny Pants

  1. I don’t even like yoga waistbands on yoga pants! They never do stay put. Bummer that these didn’t work out because the leg shape is really nice! Wonder if you could swap out a regular waistband and add a fly or side zip? I’ve been wanting a black stretch skinny pant for what seems like ages… I do think a quality stretch woven is really hard to find; all the ones I’ve ever used lack good recovery.

    1. Now that you mention it, I’m not a huge fan of a true yoga waistband on yoga pants either! All my yoga pants are Lululemon and they have a nice, firm waistband that stays put.

      I may try to do a normal waistband with a side zip on this pattern someday because I agree that the leg shape is really nice, and the crotch curve was easy to adjust for a pretty good fit. It’s just that darned waistband! But I recently bought a skinny pants pattern with a proper waistband and side zip from a fairly new designer that I’m anxious to try first 🙂

  2. The other option would be to stick a piece of 2 inch elastic inside the yoga waistband so there’s something more firm than just the jersey holding them up. But I think a side zip with a facing could easily work too.

  3. I have the same problem with this pattern as well. I love the look but they just wouldn’t stay up no matter how much I took them in. I ended up adding a front fly zip. I’m intrigued by the side zip version. Can’t wait to see it! I love your style and honesty in pattern reviews.

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