I’ve had this pink sequins fabric from Mood Fabrics for quite a while now that I thought I’d somehow use to cover some pumps. But, my mind immediately changed when I recently came across these Sequins Joggers on a trip to Anthropologie while buying a candle (the Goji Voluspa Japonica candle is my absolute favorite). Now, I must warn you….these pants went through several iterations. But, ultimately I’m really really happy with the finished product and I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect day to show these blush colored Sequins Joggers to you. They can be dressed up with a blazer, or worn casually with a denim shirt or graphic tee — tell me how you’d style them, below.
SUPPLIES: elastic (all I had was orange), straight edge, scissors, straight pins, scissors, sequins fabric, and some ponte.
1. Fold your fabric in half twice so you end up with four layers in total.
2. I used some skinny pants I had as a pattern. Fold your pants front to front and line them up against the two folds. (Note: At first I really exaggerated my cut to make them nice and roomy, but wound up cutting them down quite a bit. In the end I recommend you leave a little more room in yours). Also, be sure to give yourself some extra space near the waist band — see how I cut straight towards the band rather than curving in the exact direction of my current pants? That’s how you get them to fit looser in the waist.
3. So when you open up the fabric that you folded and cut, you will have two forms that look like this one.
4. Pin your two legs together.
5. Sew the area you just pinned.
6. Measure the length of waist of your pants to determine the size of ponte you’ll need.
7. Go ahead and cut out that waistband.
8. Now I had to wrap my mind around how I’d make these pants work since they changed from my original idea — you may be able to skip this step, but here I had to cut them down the sides to add my “tuxedo stripe.” But feel free to leave this one out if you don’t want the stripe.
9. Pin your tuxedo stripe into place.
10. Throw them on the machine and sew them up.
11. Pin your waistband into place.
12. After I fed my elastic through the waist with a safety pin, I added three rows of stitching to give the waistband detail to keep the elastic in place. (Note: Be sure to pull the elastic taught while sewing).
13. After I got my tuxedo striped in I needed to taper them at the shins, so I tried them on for the perfect fit.
14. I measured the shin area much like I did the waistband in Step 6 to determine how big of a piece of ponte I would need. Then I pinned the band in place, sewed it, and then fed the elastic through and closed it up on the machine.
…and there you have it, a sparkly and fun pair of jogging pants. I recommend leaving room in yours to add a lining (the sequins do get a little scratchy), or do like I did and wear footless leggings underneath. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.