Ginger Made: Papercut Patterns Anima Pants!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all having a great day!  Like many of you, I’m participating in Me-Made-May this year, and it’s revealed some holes in my handmade wardrobe. I find myself looking much dressier in May than any other month of the year just because my handmade clothing tends to be on the nicer side! I love having an excuse to run errands in the neighborhood wearing a dress and high heels and just generally feeling and looking like a total boss, but sometimes I just want to walk the dogs and/or watch Law & Order re-runs (let’s face it, the Briscoe/Logan pairing is the best) in sweatpants. So the release of the new Papercut Patterns Anima Pants was really welcomed Chez Ginger!

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

I definitely didn’t know I looked this gross, but I’m completely invested in journalistic integrity so you’re stuck with my ugly pics! 😉

I was a tester for this pattern, and I don’t want to congratulate myself TOO much, but I picked out kind of the best fabric ever for this. I found a remnant on the end of the bolt at Mood, a 100% cotton, super squishy, super thick, RIDICULOUSLY soft knit. It feels like, I dunno, wearing a cloud? It’s so soft and amazing that I never want to wear real pants again! I knew I’d made a good choice when Markese at Mood unrolled the bolt and got upset that he couldn’t reorder the fabric.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

Since this fabric is really dense, a ballpoint needle wasn’t working right on it, so I used a universal needle and a zigzag stitch. I don’t know what’s going on with me right now, but I’ve been sewing all my knits on the sewing machine instead of my serger. Sometimes I feel like serged seams can be a little scratchy (maybe it’s my thread?), so I wanted to just zigzag this one. The seams pressed open beautifully and seemed to magically meld into position. MAGIC FABRIC, DUDES! I want MORE! Wahhhhhhh!

I really like that these pants have pockets. I often skip them in dresses, but with my Anita ponte pants, I regretted not having them every time I walked the dogs or ran out for a coffee when I didn’t have anywhere to put my wallet or keys. So these pockets are great! I stabilized the openings with my new knit stay tape, Extremely Fine Fusible Knit Stay Tape from SewKeysE. I wish I’d started using knit stay tape sooner- it’s really, really great.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

The downside of this thick knit is that, holy crow, my sewing machine did NOT want to make buttonholes on it. I stabilized the wrong side behind the buttonholes with regular interfacing first, and even that wasn’t enough. They really look disgusting. Maybe next time I will use a grommet instead- it couldn’t be worse than these awful, awful buttonholes!  I also didn’t have fun stitching through the elastic on the waistband. My machine wasn’t loving it and the results are a little sloppy, but hey, I’m making sweatpants, not a wedding gown, so, you know, whatevs.

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

There’s a drawstring waist with a channel for a waist tie, but I used a fun neon yellow elastic from SIL Thread instead of a shoelace-style tie. I’ll be honest- I bought the elastic because it had a fun cartoon of a gecko with a long tongue on it and lots of Japanese writing, so I’m not really sure what it’s meant for, but, gecko!  It’s stretchy, so I can leave it tied and it stretches to fit when I slip the pants on or off. Yay!

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

The pants are finished with a cuff, which I really like. You might want to check the length before you get started if you don’t like the blousy effect of the pants scrunching up at the cuff, but I think that looks cute. I’m 5’6″, just for reference, so you can see the length on me.  One thing to keep in mind when you’re finishing with cuffs is the stretch of your fabric.  If you’re using a really stable knit with very little stretch, you may need to cut your cuffs a little wider.  You don’t want them to be too tight!  Also, I am a size larger in the waist than I am in the hips, so I chose the larger size, just in case my fabric wasn’t stretchy enough.  This seemed to work- I’m happy with the fit.  These are about the easiest pants you could sew!

Papercut Patterns Anima Pant | Ginger Makes

I guess it’s bad that I really love these, but it’s nice to be able to wear me-mades and still feel like my usual trashbag casual self.  I’ll try to take these off from time to time and actually wear real clothes… but I won’t make any promises.

Oooh, I keep forgetting to announce the winner of the Nettie giveaway! After excluding folks who didn’t want in and my own comments, there were 150 entrants. The winner was #78…

Amy of Sew Well! Congrats, Amy! I’ll have the pattern to you by the end of the day!

Alright, confession time: what do you wear when you’re lounging around the house?  Do you wear fluffy skirts and lipstick when you walk the dogs, or do you put on a baseball cap so hopefully the neighbors won’t recognize who it is still in pajamas at 11AM?

119 responses

  1. Love these! I had my eye on them ever since their release, but I’m not really sure if they’ll look nice on my body type. Seeing your version made me want to make them really bad!


  2. Ohhhhh, I luvre them! I have a pair of Lulu Lemon pants like these & I wear them to death. SO COMFY! I was excited to see this pattern because I had been considering drafting my own so I could add more comfort love to my closet. My Lulu’s are getting a little worn from so much wear. And the neighbours are giving me strange looks as if to say “are those the ONLY pair of pants you own?”


    • Heeheehee… I have a few things like that, like a hooded sweatshirt that I wear pretty much every day to walk the dogs in and a pair of pajama pants that I wear nearly every night. It’s probably time for us to make a couple of backups, huh?


  3. These are great – I have just started yoga again and feel like I need a special new wardrobe so I feel and look great 🙂 these are on my list!!
    I wear the same clothes for most of the day normally, although in winter often change into my pjs super early. In summer, normally a sundress is fine for lounging in. As long as I can sit cross legged I am happy.


  4. I think you look totally cute and not like a trashbag at all! When the week is finally over I kind of live in yoga clothes, but that makes me feel kind of bad so I’m trying to try a little harder on the weekend…


    • It’s hard to find a balance between feeling comfortable and looking really messy. I don’t feel good about myself if I’m really sloppy (not that what I look like should matter), but I also don’t want to spend valuable weekend time primping and preening! Tricky, isn’t it?


  5. Very cute outfit! I usually change into my (pleated) sweatpants asap when I get home, so usually when I walk the dogs I just hope I don’t run into anyone I know.. Last night it did happen, and I was standing there in my sweatpants feeling like a slob, but at least I felt comfy the rest of the walk right?


  6. These are super cute & I can’t believe I’m saying that about sweatpants! Normally I would never wear sweats out or even in the house but these might change my mind. Which seems kinda weird since I’ve been known to throw a knee length coat over a nightie before adding boots and a hat (so I don’t have to do my hair) before taking my sister’s dog for a walk. That way I appear respectable and not like a flasher in training.


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