SSE Testers Talk: The Chelsea Pants/Joggers Pattern

There's nothing quite like a really great pair of pants, and we believe the Chelsea Pattern is it! We love the fun and trendy options this jogger pattern provides, including multiple lengths, waistbands, hems, and pockets. Did we mention the pockets? We love them, you love them, and the Chelsea pattern has FIVE different options! The fun elastic casing and optional drawstring sets these joggers apart from the rest, and provides a nice clean finish reminiscent of your favorite ready-to-wear joggers. 

But enough about why we love the Chelsea pattern so much! Let's let a few of our amazing pattern testers talk about what they love about their Chelseas, and what options they chose:  


-Rachael Brown-

Little does my town know, this is a pattern I wear nearly every night to bed- but they’re totally cute enough to wear out and about! I used some bicycles French Terry for this crop length pair, cuz I wanted something sporty and fun.

-One thing I love about the Chelsea pattern are the different lengths! Everything from shorts to full length pants.

-I also really love the different waistband styles offered. I did the elastic waistband on this pair, but you can also opt for a yoga waistband!

-Pockets! Joggers need pockets IMO, and the Chelsea pattern comes with several different styles! These are the topstitched slash cut pockets with a banded finish, but you can also choose free hanging pockets OR curved top opening.

-I really love the flattering cut as well. I’m not super curvy, and I feel like these hug my body just right.

-Caitlin Towry- 

I absolutely adore the Chelsea pattern for so many reasons, but that cute elastic waist and the drawstring really do it for me! That, plus the amazing pocket options and the great fit make these my favorite joggers ever! 

I made mine with pant length with cuffs, hemmed slat pockets, and an elastic waistband in some really soft and gorgeous poly rayon spandex french terry. The optional drawstring was a fun way to introduce a little pop of color to the mix as well. I paired mine with a bubble crepe Phoenix tank and the whole outfit feels like I'm wearing secret pajamas! 


-Cathryn Larkin-

My first time using the Chelsea jogger pattern for shorts! 

Oh, these are so comfortable, I think I need 20 more

The Chelsea pattern has so so so many options! I was very hard pressed to think of some thing I would like to do differently, since everything I could think of was already an option!

-Multiple band options, check! 

-Multiple lengths, check!

-Multiple pocket choices, check! 

I had already made a pair of joggers before and know how comfortable they are

I’ve been wanting to make spring/summer clothes out of this cuuute cotton spandex polkadot, so I definitely wanted a pair of shorts with the foldover yoga band and banded slant pockets.

I cut the length between the two shorts cut lines, to give me a little bit more on the inner thigh.

Aaand also hacked a faux drawstring, and side vents. 

Modeled with one of my favorite Rio Raglans- in Louis and polka dot French terry.

-Amanda Massicotte Jones-

My daughter has been demanding more shorts, and ready to wear ones never work for her. I love the number of options in the Chelsea joggers and for this version, sewed up a quick yoga waist with curved pockets (always her top choice). I love though that I could just as easily make some pocket free elastic waist gym shorts for my little soccer playing son from the same pattern!! Such a quick and satisfying sew, and thanks to how quick it is I can get her stocked up quickly. These are cotton blend brushed french terry in a tween approved black and gray splatter. The pattern was nested well for me to blend between three sizes easily (size 8 waist, size 12 hips, size 14 height)

-Mickenzie Watts-

The Chelsea Jogger has definitely become my go to pants for both me and my little boy. I love how different the pants look depending on the type of fabric you use. Pictured is a super comfy hang around the house set made with Hacci. However, the cut and style of these would make a perfect pair of pants for work if you were to use something with a little more structure. There are also a lot of options included in the pattern for so many different looks. As a relatively new sewist the instructions and pictures made this very daunting project very manageable.

-Amanda Wolfe-

I need to update my office wardrobe after two kids, so I turned to the Chelsea Joggers. The elastic waistband and hemmed pants are perfect for the office plus make these pants oh so comfy! I chose this neon pink Liverpool since it is practically wrinkle free. It feels like I am wearing pajama pants to work in these! 

Size XL no mods to sizing. No drawstring but elastic waistband. 

Paired with the Catalina Tank

-Sherrie Broussard-

Oh the comfort of the Chelsea joggers!  There are so many different lengths, pocket options, cuff options, and waist options. 

I made these in the crop length with regular cuffs, and to make it super easy and comfortable, I chose the yoga waistband (shortened by two inches).  And who can do without these awesome pockets?  I cut out the palm pockets only (2) and sewed them to the front. (Thanks for the tip Rachael!). 

I used the teal 2-faced French Terry from So Sew English Fabrics as it is thinner and perfect for summer days. 

Sew this pattern up In less than two hours! 

That's a wrap for our Tester Talk about the Chelsea Pants/Joggers! Stay tuned for next week, when our amazing team shares about the Sulky Tee! 

1 comment

Sherrie Broussard

Sherrie Broussard

This blog is great! So many fun and different looking Chelsea joggers! Thanks for all the work you put into this Rachel.

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