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Famous Brand Knockoff Exercise Pants

Added Mar 8, 2013

by mountainhoney

Owens Cross Road...




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This is a pair of pants that I made for about $5 last night from a very expensive pair of name brand exercise pants. This is how I made my pattern.

First I put down a large MegaMat because you can push pins into it and not hurt a thing. Then I laid down a piece of newsprint paper. I like to salvage mine from packages that I get in the mail. I don’t recommend using printed news print paper because you don’t want to get ink on the expensive garment you are copying and it is harder to see our markings. Next I laid out the pants that I wanted to copy making sure they were very flat. I pushed pushed pins into the mat to make sure they staid in place. Now comes the fun part! I traced around the parts that I could. Then I used a pin to push through where the seams are to make many tiny holes in the paper. When I was done I just removed the pants and connected the “dots” made by the pin. To finish up I smoothed out the lines, added seam allowances, and a hem allowance.

I used a serger to construct my pants and a cover stitch with aqua colored thread for the top stitching. My fabric is a funny shade of purple which is very hard to match so I used a similar shade of grey for all of my seams.

Material Notes

purple stretch fabric, thread, 1/2" wide elastic for the waistband


Cotton, Knits/Jersey


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    Mar 20, 2013, 06.09 PMby Jnettistitches

    I have sewn on the babylock serger. I may look into finding an industral machine. thanks for you insight. I actually copied my first pattern from a pair of yoga pants my daughter gave me. They will be great to be made up and have as a pattern. But I really want that stitch you did on your yoga pants. Jnetti

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    Mar 16, 2013, 10.43 PMby Jnettistitches

    where did you buy yours at? Where might I look for an industrial cover stitch machine. I have a husavarna cover stitich that just doesn’t work for any length of time without being rethreaded. drives me crazy. Jnetti.

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      Mar 20, 2013, 02.55 PMby mountainhoney

      I got mine for free from Lululemon. I do all of the hemming for my local shop. I also have a Babylock:


      It doesn’t do the same stitch that I used for my pants but it is very easy to thread and is much more portable.

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    Mar 10, 2013, 09.53 PMby Jnettistitches

    great job. i wonder what type of serger cover stitch you own. did you do the decorative stitch with a wide coverstitch. I have copied many different patterns and am looking forward to making my own yoga capris from a popular style I own, thanks for sharing.

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      Mar 16, 2013, 05.43 PMby mountainhoney

      I used an industrial cover stitch machine for my pants.

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    Mar 8, 2013, 06.52 PMby Mary Athey

    Very cool trousers, I do this as well when I copy x

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