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5 out of 4 Jason Joggers - for Boys and Girls

Updated: Feb 7

I am an affiliate for 5 out of 4 patterns. I am also a part of their pattern promotion group,

which means that I get a pattern for free to sew up each month and promote. This has been super-fun for me, as I love trying new patterns and sharing what I think about them with the world at large :) This month, I chose to sew up 5oo4's Kids' Jason Joggers, a pattern that I have had my eye on for a while. For, you see, my third-born son has a bit of an aversion to "uncomfortable," or stiff pants. He will wear jeans for a couple hours if I ask him to (usually for church or scouts), but as soon as it is acceptable, he changes back into shorts or athletic pants that allow for more movement. So I've been looking for a pattern that is comfortable enough for him to wear all day long and nice enough looking for him to wear out of the house. And I found it with this pattern. 5oo4 totally knocked it out of the park! I will be making more for sure :)

The Grammar

Joggers - joggers are what I typically would have called "sweat pants" as a child, with the exception that the leg is a bit more tapered to be more on-trend. They have an elasticized waist and elastic or bands at the ankles. They can be styled in many different ways, not just for athletic activities.

Back Yoke - This pattern has a somewhat-unique back yoke piece that goes in-between the waistband and the pant leg, allowing for a better fit and easier pattern grading for those kiddos who fit into a different size in their bottoms than their waists.


The Logic

Like almost all 5 out of 4 patterns, this one has a ton of options. There are 3 leg lengths: shorts, capris, and pants. And there are 3 leg finishes. So each of the leg lengths can be cuffed, hemmed, or elastic. And on top of that, the pattern has 4 waistband options: encased elastic, drawstring, knit, and yoga foldover. Plus the front patch pocket is completely optional. Just leave it off if you don't want it. So all of those possibilities give you something like 36 different pants you can make (72 if you count leaving the pocket off as another choice, I believe). Wow! That's a lot of choices!

My son chose to have pant leg length with elastic at the ankle and an encased elastic waistband with a drawstring. With pockets. And he absolutely loves them! I made two pairs. the green pair were the first ones that he picked. They definitely show his flair for style :) And the navy/camo pair were the second. For him, I graded the pattern between a size 8 for width and a size 10 for height (because he's going to grow super-fast, like all his brothers). Hoping I can get at least six months out of these before he grows out of them! The fabric I used is a cotton/spandex lightweight french terry from Boho fabrics in Kelly Green, and Turquoise, and Navy. The are all still in-stock as of today, and I absolutely love them! Warm enough for winter pants. Lightweight enough to have drape. The camo came from Purpleseamstress Fabric, and is also a lightweight french terry. (In case you're wondering, I paired the navy/camp pair with my son's Halftime Hoodie, also by 5 out of 4.

So there you have it. 5 out of 4's amazing, easy-to-sew, easy-to-fit, easy-to-wear Kids' Jason Joggers. All the rest of my kiddos have asked for some too, so there might be more pairs/more posts in my future :)

 

My Favorite Designers and Fabric Stores

Disclosure: I am an affiliate and promoter for these two designers, and I will make a small amount of money if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. The cost to you will not change. These are designers whose patterns I love, and that I would sew up for myself whether I was an affiliate or not. The fabric stores are just ones that I love. I do not earn any money if you purchase from them :)

 
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Why "Sewing and the Trivium"

The Story

Classical educators like to divide education into developmental stages called the Trivium. These are called "Grammar," "Logic," and "Rhetoric." Grammar refers to the first steps of learning anything: learning the vocabulary of the subject being studied and memorizing facts about that vocabulary. Classically speaking, this corresponds to the elementary years of learning - years when students never seem to grow tired of astounding the adults around them with fact after fact about things they are interested in. Have you experienced talking to a six year old who is really into dinosaurs? enough said...

Adults also begin learning with the grammar of a subject. Each subject has its own unique terminology and facts that need to be mastered before one can explore the more complicated applications of that subject. Sewing is no different. What is a french seam? What kinds of knit fabrics are better for different applications? What is a dolman sleeve or a raglan top? These are grammar queries.

In classical education, logic refers to the action of logically processing the grammar facts students have learned, or are learning. The student who is particularly suited to this type of thought is the middle-school scholar - the student who wants to argue his or her way through the world and "be right" about all the things. This pattern of thought includes bringing different ideas together, comparing and contrasting them, analyzing what an authority figure says about an argument, and deciding whether different arguments are consistent with each other. In the sewing world, logical questions include things like, "How is knit fabric different than woven fabric?" and "Why does this pattern ask for a particular fabric type?" as well as tasks such as mashing two patterns together or changing the sleeve/length/placket from how the pattern was designed.

The final part of the classical trivium, rhetoric, is when a student makes an argument of his or her own by developing a "thesis" or main point and then laying it out for someone else in writing or speech. Typically, students are ready for formal rhetoric in their high school years - years that they are very concerned about what they look like to other people and gain an interest in learning to craft a message in a way that will be most effective for their purposes. Examples of rhetoric in sewing would be fully-formed tutorials or sew-alongs - or even the writing of a blog post itself. Anything that is explaining previously thought-out/tried-out projects can count as rhetoric. 

My goal on this blog is to lay out my sews and thoughts using this framework. And that is why I chose this title.

 

"Blessed is the man...whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does he prospers"

Psalm 1: 2-3

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