Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pattern review: The Ananda Pants by Chopstix Patterns

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will notice lots of reviews using patterns designed for knit or jersey fabrics (like the Janey Jump Around Dress last week, the Tumble Tee, the Vintage V neck or the Funky Mister Shorts). I have really been challenging myself to sew more and more with knit not just cause I like a challenge but it is largely what my children wear. Plus it is so different to make I make for my business and it makes for a nice change.

The Ananda Pants by Chopstix Patterns

The designer describes these pants as “an easy fit, yoga style, knit pant for girls”. I had read other bloggers saying that the fit is quite long so I was confident in making a size 4 for my little Miss 5 – yes if you were there you would have seen me holding up the paper pattern and saying ‘yep that’ll do!’.

This pattern was included in the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle last year. Because I’m in the southern hemisphere, I often don’t get to make the patterns until 6 months later. One advantage of this delay is I can watch what other bloggers create – there are some great ideas with this one.

The pattern is sized from 2 through to 10 and I can see myself making these for many, many years to come.

This pattern is a beginner pattern. It only has two pieces – the leg (cut two!) and the waistband. If you want to try sewing with knits, this is a fantastic one to try. Next time I will mix it up and have a contrasting waistband fabric.
My poor Miss 5 had a bump near her eye - still modelled beautifully!

Will I make this again? - absolutely. I think Miss 5 would like these in many colours as they are super comfy and easy to wear.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – No I really wish I could find knit at a price I could justify selling for.
Cute and comfy fold over 'yoga' waist

Fabric: Found at an op shop (thrift store) last year – I’m totally loving the 80s vibe of this pattern.

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 2. Seriously get your knit on!

Time: A very quick sew – perhaps 1 hour including cutting the fabric. That’s being generous. 30 minutes would do it!



  1. They look very comfy. Love reading your reviews.

  2. I'd love some for me! And agreed - I love sewing with knits! Been doing it much more this year and it really expands the types of things I can make :)


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