Review: JJ Knit Classic Joggers (Sinclair Patterns) & comparison with The Hudson Pant (True Bias)


I love joggers. I could totally live in them, if there weren't actually beautiful clothes.
Naturally I started sewing with a pair of joggers - but they are so ugly, no one (online) will ever see them, hehe. Since I was not satisfied with The Hudson Pant from True Bias I tried out a different pattern: The JJ Knit Classic Joggers from Sinclair Patterns. I compare the two in this post.

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I'm probably biased (no pun, not towards True Bias anyways), since I am a big fan of Sinclair Patterns in general. Not that I have actually made many of their patterns - just the leggings (normal & jeggings), the knit tank (2.5 unblogged) and another pair of JJ's (unblogged). Plus I have bought 2 other patterns, not made them yet - and I am over the top excited for the new zipper hoodies about to be released.
I am simply a fan because of their height options, drafting, instructions and overall look. And I'm glad they stock up on sizes.

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So, joggers. The definition of coziness, besides hoodies, obviously.
Since I finished university and am self-employed now, plus only rarely doing stuff outside that is not shopping groceries, I actually do quite much live in them. As much as I love dressing up, I just don't like wearing jeans, skirts or dresses at home.
As most of my stuff, all my RTW joggers are old - in this case 6-12 years - and they are falling apart and looking really ugly. Time for something new! Since they are "just" joggers, I make them as wearable muslins, or you actually can call it no muslin at all - there's no difference in this case. If I don't like the fit, as with my Hudsons, I still wear them until death.

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Advantages of this pattern:

  • Standard Sinclair sizing for 3 different heights 
  • 2 lengths - ankle or below the knee
  • Calf circumference (!!!) 
  • Detailed instructions with options discussed, many photos, technical drawings, techniques explained, tipps,... 


The fabric I used is a very thick sweat - it's the same I used for my Hudson Pants. No worries, comparison photos are below! I made a straight size US6, no grading. This is regular height, since I am 163cm (5' 4") tall. I have slightly more of my length in my torso and usually skirts/pants are too long on me, as are the JJs - unlike the Hudson, which was too short for my liking. I ended up shortening them a little bit before attaching the bands, around 2-3cm / 1 inch.
As usual I tried to use up fabric scraps where possible, so I made the pockets out of leftovers. It's the jersey I used for my pencil skirt. For all bands I also used leftovers, a thick sweat I used for my first tester Ali Sweatshirt.

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Right pocket

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Left pocket

What are my criteria for the perfect pair of joggers?
Most importantly, they need to be cozy and comfy, of course. And to be perfect, they also need to look good. Pockets obviously, biiig pockets. And that's basically it!
My Hudson Pants is comfy and cozy and has big pockets, but I don't like the fit and it certainly doesn't look good.
These JJ Joggers are comfy and cozy and have big pockets and I like the fit (not perfect, but almost), but they also don't look good.
But tbh the not looking good part is mostly because of the thick sweat fabric I used (for both pants) and also due to the fact that both are too big.

Let's compare them on photos:
Keep in mind: Both pants are made out of the same fabric - except for the pockets and bands. The Hudson Pant is a size 8 waist to 10 hips (waist 76 cm / hips 100 cm) and the JJ regular height size 6 (waist 72 cm / hips 98 cm). On the JJ I removed 2-3cm length. No other adjustments. Since I lost weight (10 kg), both pants are too big. Photos have been made on the same day. The Hudson Pants are more blue-ish coloured, this is just due to photo editing - I swear, it is the same fabric.

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Front view. Left Hudson / Right JJ
Front view. On the front crotch, the Hudson has weird excess fabric, which I don't feel on the JJ. While the Hudson has actual ankle length - which is too short for me - the JJ is longer, which causes it to bunch up. On joggers, I like more length, but this may be different for you.

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Side view. Left Hudson / Right JJ

Side view. The different leg position may influence this a bit, but the Hudson has that weird dragline, which is probably because my calves need more space plus excess fabric at the front crotch. The Hudson sits higher on the back, and has excess fabric below my butt, which looks ugly, but still the crotch is tight and uncomfortable.

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Back view. Left Hudson / Right JJ

Back view. I need a full butt adjustment for both patterns, but it's worse on the Hudson. I also need more space for my calves on both patterns, but this too is worse on the Hudson. And drag lines.

If you see other stuff going on in the comparison photos, I always like to learn. Please note, I am not saying the Hudson is a bad pattern - I think the crotch is part of their design, and I don't like the design. It may very well be the opposite for you! But as I said in my post about the Hudson Pant, I will not make more of it - simply because I dislike the crotch and overall fit on me. But I already made another JJ joggers with some adjustments, so stay tuned for those!

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2 comments

  1. Another great joggers pattern to make is the Carita joggers from New Horizons. I just love that pattern. Although I must say I enlarged the pockets, because they were to small tot me.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Elke! Judging from their shop, it does look great, but I'd also need a full butt and big calves adjustment - as with any pants pattern.
      The pockets do look a bit smaller than both the Hudson and the JJ, I can totally relate why you're making them bigger.

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