My favorite Tailored Trackpants sewing pattern made up in a “grunge” linen/cotton fabric from Essex.
What I love about them is this: they have an awesome back crotch curve. They come with a turn up cuff so they are decently dressy enough to wear to work, or a meeting, should you be doing those. The pants are cut narrow like a jogger, and they have a three channel elastic waist.
Hot Patterns crotch curves are like no other. They are a modified curved L shape in the back and it creates a really great rear view!
The fabric is Essex Cotton linen (55/45) and printed in their Warehouse District print line. I liked it, it’s got an edgy look, it’s printed without having to match prints! The fabric is fairly weighty so that’s why I sewed these in July but just got around to wearing them on September 1st. They will easily go through fall.
HotPatterns shows these worn with a slim fit tee, and that’s a great look, but I love them with a slouchy sweater like the one I have on in this video. They also show them worn under the JetSetter Poncho in the pattern illustration drawing. So they are a narrow fit pant with a cropped ankle – really a perfect length for summer-to-fall.
They come up just under the bellybutton, but if you prefer a taller / higher rise, just add to the pattern either midway through the crotch curve, OR at the top of the pants. I usually cut a 12 in these in HP (they track closer to ready to wear than most pattern companies, do, so check the envelope. HP tends to run a little large so measure the pattern pieces against something you like that fits well, factoring in a 1/2″ seam allowance on all seams.
For fall, I acquired a few great things from a Goodwill thrift haul, so these will be paired with a pullover cowl cabled sweatshirt, a cream squared cape and probably a pouf sleeve sweater, all in cream. Plus, of course, a trusty black turtleneck, likely this black velour ribbed Toaster sweater.
And of course, the HP recommended Jetsetter poncho! I don’t have one in black or cream or gray, but I do have fleece for it, and I plan to sew one up this fall. It’ll be my third such sewing of this poncho (or fourth), and I love it each time.
The trackpants are a great addition to your wardrobe, they fit well, and are an easy make. I lost the instructions but there’s a great YouTube video on them.