When we started carrying her patterns, Christine Jonson sent us a trunk-show of samples. In it, she included a pair of her not-yet-available Wrap Pants, and, upon seeing them, I was transported back in time! If you are younger than 50, wrap pants are a novel idea. If you’re older than 50, you had a pair in high school, and you LOVED them! (Mine were green, and I think I made them out of quilting cotton). On the night of the trunk show we received dozens of inquiries about this pattern’s availability. Almost everyone who saw them wanted to sew them right then and there! Well, I’m happy to report that the PDF pattern is now available, AND that I’m going to be teaching a three-session Christine Jonson Wrap Pants Class which will take place Tuesdays from 6 – 8:30pm, October 1st, 8th and the 15th.
In this 3-part class, I will cover how to trace pattern pieces, how to lengthen or shorten pant legs, and how to sew seams and hem knits with a regular sewing machine like a pro! At the end you’ll walk away with your very own pair of wrap pants! Currently, the Christine Jonson Wrap Pants are only available as a PDF pattern, but for those attending the class we will print the pattern ahead of time and then provide you with a code so that you may access the PDF version with instructions any time you want. The cost of the pattern and the printing are included in the class fee. Check out our ‘Classes’ page for more information!
Like all her patterns, the Christine Jonson Wrap Pants are best suited to fabric containing Lycra. (See our Moto Jacket blog post for fabric lessons learned). For my pants, I used a Polyester/Lycra Designer ITY Knit in Gray. The fabric is lightweight, and yet it doesn’t show lumps and bumps (phew). With this pattern, drape is important, so don’t be tempted to use a thicker, stiffer fabric.
The pattern itself is exquisitely drafted. Because the pants are loose-fitting and made with knit fabric, Christine suggests measuring your outside seam length and comparing it to the pattern, instead of the usual inseam comparison. My side seam measured six inches longer than the pattern side seam, but I only added five inches because six inches seemed like so much (tall girl problems!).
Room for Improvement
The instructions are a little hard to understand. In PDF form, they are 36 pages long (approximately 1 step per page), but they include photos. I ended up writing the instructions on a single piece of paper, and referring to the photos when necessary. You’ll want to actually follow the instructions because the order of construction makes the pants really easy to sew together. By some miracle, I decided to pay attention to the ‘order of operations’, and I am so glad I did!
The Confident Stitch YouTube Channel to the Rescue!
This pattern requires a ton of hemming; especially if you lengthen the pants by five inches! I followed my own advice and used SewkeysE 1/2″ Extremely Fine Fusible Knit Stay Tape on all the hems. I then hand basted the hems in place before I topstitched them with a narrow zig zag. It paid off, and the hems all turned out beautifully. I recently posted a YouTube video about my Hemming Knits method, so be sure to check it out!
In preparation for my upcoming Wrap Pants Class, I MUST make another pair of these pants… you know, in order to be thoroughly ready to teach. What a hard life I lead! Hope to see you all in class!