I wanted to love this pattern. I really did.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Techniques required: Pants fitting, if necessary, sewing with knits.
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.
- 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.
- 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.