Tessa is a jogging suit pattern. Included is patterns for both the top and the pants. The top is similar to a traditional crew neck sweatshirt at the top. The bottom hem features a unique pleating pattern and is slightly raised higher than the back. The pants have inseam pockets and are a cropped length. They are designed to hit mid calf. This pattern is designed for your heavier weight knits. Sizes 2t-12 are included in this pattern.
Printing the pattern was a breeze. I always appreciate how Modkid creates her pdf pattern pieces. You don’t have to fit together a giant sheet of paper that takes up your entire living room floor. You can simply cut your pieces out as you go and tape or glue them together individually. This is how I was able to cut and tape my pattern together in the carpool line last week! All the pattern pieces are clearly marked with notches for lining up your pockets and where to fold your pleats. Both the front of the top and front of the pants have pleats.
I made the size 10 for my oldest daughter. The top is made from cotton interlock that was purchased from Joanns. The pants are made from stretch french terry from Purple Seamstress. All the bands were cut from knit ribbing with lycra. The drawstring is cording I pulled out from another pair of pants at the last second!
The pattern sewed up very quick for me, just an afternoon of sewing. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. The lack of hems is perfect for anyone who is new to knits or who has a phobia of hemming knits. I would also like to mention that I made no alterations to the pattern except for shortening the elastic in the waistband. Even though her waist is significantly smaller than the size 10 in the pattern, the pants do not look too bunched up with a shorter elastic…which can sometimes be a problem.
Overall, both my daughter and I are very pleased with our Tessa jogging suit. She has been wearing hers around since I finished them and it is still in the 90’s here so that should say a lot! We will surely get a lot of use out of this set this winter when our temperatures cool off a bit.