Not your mama’s sweats…

I jumped on the jogger bandwagon a long time ago, and have been wearing them in all forms ever since. When I heard my favorite lounge pattern, the Portlanders, were getting a little jogger-transformation, I had to check it out, and brought my mini-me along for the ride!

Never mind that it was 110 degrees outside- I knew I’d be glad  for my forward- thinking when the cooler weather rolled in, so I cranked up the A/C, grabbed some of my favorite sweatshirt fleece/french terry, and got to work.

Women’s Version:

The test went pretty smoothly, and before I knew it, I had the most comfortable joggers EV-UH. These are made from a thick, squish sweatshirt fleece from Cali Fabrics, purchased in December when all I could think about was wanting to be WARM.

The cuffs were a bit of a challenge with the thick fabric, but my serger pushed through, and I gave it a break by using a thinner athletic knit for the waistband.

I used my coverstitch to do a reverse stitch on the pockets, which are nice and deep, and unlike many jogger patterns out there, they hold my phone with ease.

What Makes them Different?

So what else sets these apart? There are about a million jogger patterns out there, and you probably own one (or 5) of them already, so here’s what I love about the Carita’s in particular:

  • wide, comfortable waistband, smooth under slim fitting tanks
  • Slim fit through the calves
  • choice of inseam lengths. Keep in mind this is measured to your ankle, so I still needed to remove 1-2″ from the 29″ inseam, but it gets me closer than a lot of other patterns out there with less adjustment.

Girls Version:

The girls version I made in a size 12-18 month width, 2T height, for my daughter, who is 2.5 but on the small side and no longer in diapers (sorry hon, you got mama’s genes!).

The smaller sizes do include options for diaper/no diaper rise, which is awesome. Since we are no longer in diapers during the day, I can’t say how they would fit with cloth, but a diaper rise is always a good start.

The pockets on this one are a bit smaller, so I cut the 2T pocket and did a little trimming so it matched up on the sides, because unlike a 12 month old, she’s a busy girl with things to carry!

To prove their utility, she spent the photoshoot filling them with rocks, which I promptly forgot about. When it was time to do laundry I was reminded by a loud banging sound in the dryer…. (anyone else have kids that like to stuff random things in their pockets?)



She also kept turning around and saying “butt shot”, which not only sounds hilarious coming from a two year old, but also shows how much time we spent trying to get the rear view right…

I’m sure this pattern will be on repeat throughout the fall and winter, and might even give my overworked Portlander pattern a rest!

You can grab them with the links below, if you’re interested (aff link).




Annndddd….I just might be arranging a sew-along for these in September in the Fabric Fairy group, so stay tuned for more details on that!

In the meantime, here’s a few bonus shots of my favorite girl…



I’m so lucky to be her mama! She keeps me on my toes, and brings so much laughter to every day!

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  1. Karey on July 30, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Little girls definitely need pockets. My daughter is in her 30s now but when she was your daughter’s age was always collecting things. I have to say I much preferred when it was rocks to when it was snails.

    • Sarah on July 30, 2018 at 8:29 am

      EEewww….I guess I’ll be grateful for the rocks then!

  2. Susan Hall on July 30, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Adorable as always, Sarah.

    • Sarah on July 30, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Thank you so much Susan!

  3. Sharon Aguilar on July 30, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I’m sure she sounded so funny saying “butt shot!” What a cutie!

  4. Cassy on July 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Chap stick is the WORST!!

  5. Jenni on July 30, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Beautiful photos Sarah . Question for you if it’s ok to ask how do these compare to greenstyle brassiere e joggers please?

    • Sarah on September 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you! I think the Caritas are a slimmer fit than the Brassies, and the waistband is constructed differently. I really love how the Caritas hold my tummy in, and are flatteringly fitted, but I have tons of Brassies that get daily wear too. I think preference depends on your favorite silhouette and waistband method. Hope that helps! We will be having a sew along for the Caritas in the Fabric Fairy Group on 9/10 if you want to stop by!

  6. Caitlin MK on September 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Love these! And I know allll about rocks in the wash! 🙂 I JUST bought the portlanders yesterday now I might have to go back and get the caritas!

    When you do your reverse stitch on your coverstitch, do you use three needles and put regular thread in the looper? I’ve only had my coverstitch a couple of months and haven’t explored it much!

    • Sarah on September 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you! I do use all three needles for my reverse coverstitch- and use regular thread in all of them. If I had a great supply of matching maxi lock stretch I might put that in the looper, but it’s not necessary. Theres a video in my super G sewalong, that shows how I do the reverse CS:

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