I believe that the Joan trousers were released at the same time as the Adrienne blouse, but they were a little overshadowed as the sewing community went nuts for Adrienne! In fact, there are currently 6.5x more Adrienne blouses than Joan trousers shared on Instagram. I like stats.
Photo from Friday Pattern Company
I spotted the Joan pattern for the first time at The Fold Line stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the beginning of March. My wardrobe has changed considerably since I went from an office job to working at home, and I reach mostly for comfy and casual me mades. I’m not one of those people that can work productively in my pyjamas but I am a big fan of secret pyjamas:
Clothes which are as comfortable as pyjamas, but you can leave the house in them without looking like a slob. They are usually made of jersey, and/or loose fitting.
The Joan trousers are the ultimate secret pyjamas: they even use the term on the pack:
Photo from Friday Pattern Company
I started making these in a navy ponte from Sew Me Sunshine. Unfortunately, despite fitting very neatly into the measurements for a size small, they were way too tight. I started trying to unpick the seams with the intention of re-sewing with a smaller seam allowance, but the ponte was virtually impossible to unpick and I had to abandon it.
Thank goodness I traced my pattern, for once!
I re-cut a size medium in a gorgeous ochre ponte from Escape and Create. There’s only a couple of metres left in stock as I write this so you’ll have to be speedy if you want some! In case you missed it from my recent giveaway, you can save 10% on your first online order from Escape and Create with the code WELCOME.
Ochre ponte jersey from Escape and Create - £8 p/m
The fit of the medium was spot on, although I cut a much larger length of elastic to stabilise the waistband than they suggest. I went for 95% the length of the waistband to avoid a muffin top! The waistband overlaps at the centre front and is finished with an ornamental button. Despite a good fit on the waist and hips, the band pulled unflatteringly at the button point. I tried slipstitching around the end of the waistband but this didn’t give a clean finish. My photos were taken at this stage.
They have pockets!
I ended up unpicking, joining the front with a seam and doing away with the faux “join”. I must get around to sewing another faux button back on, as it looks a little strange having the seam off-centre. Next time, I’ll just put the seam at the back and not bother with the button.
Not the best photo, but I wanted to show how I finished them!
I managed to cut my initial size small pair from one metre of fabric, and bought the same for a medium, which wasn't enough! As I'm impatient, I used this gorgeous Cotton & Steel jersey (scraps from my Mandy Boat Tee) for the inside of the waistband and the pocket linings. I also added one of my amazing [gifted] Dutch Label Shop labels, designed for me by Jen of Wren & Wilson. I didn't plan to sell these, but as you guys loved them, Jen and I will be releasing them as a collaboration soon. Keep your eyes on my Instagram page or sign up to my newsletter to be the first to know!
Within five minutes of finishing these trousers, I was leaping around excitedly taking these photos: that’s how much I love them! They are honestly the comfiest trousers I’ve ever worn and I’m already planning another pair...or three.
Here's some ponte fabrics I've picked out for my next pair(s). These aren't affiliate links, just shops I genuinely like and shop at:
Pink ponte di roma from Sew Me Sumshine - £8 p/m
Rachel sparkle ponte roma from Like Sew Amazing - £8 p/m
...aaand one last photo of trousers because I love them!