Basketballs on Fleek--I mean Fleece Simplicity 8179

I'm sewing fleece again!!!  What was I thinking?  I have to admit it was easy this time.

I used the same tricks I used last time. My favorite is my technique to get the fleece to go through the feed dogs.

My fleece trick is pretty simple.
 Step 1:  Thread a sewing needle

Step 2: Hand sew two stitches

 Step 3: Position your fabric on the sewing machine

Step 4:  Start sewing while pulling the thread from your threaded needle.
Step 5: Cut of the thread and continue to sew.

My son loves basketball which makes
 this fabric perfect. When he saw his new pair
 of fleece pants he gave me a huge hug.
He knows how to make my day!!!

This pattern is originally from my January Sewing Plan.  Simplicity 8179 is my surprise project from my February Sewing Plan.

Simplicity 8179 was an easy sew. If you're planning to make this pattern with the cuff do not use fleece. Fleece is too thick to achieve a Rtw look.
Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Lounge pants for the whole family in matching or coordinating fabrics with contrasting hems. 

Pattern Sizing:

Children XS to Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, for the most part.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were super easy to follow.  Simplicity 8179 is a great pattern for a beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

They're nothing to dislike about the pattern.

Fabric Used:


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I omitted the contrasting hem because my fabric of choose was too bulky.


This project took an hour for me to sew up. I am a beginner and I was able able to complete this project without a worry. I do not recommend any bulky fabrics.  I was definitely make this pattern again with a thinner fabric. Next time I will include the contrasting hem.  I will also remove about 2 inches from the crotch area.


  1. Hello, I wanted to see if you could help me with this pattern. I seem to be having issues understanding the instructions. Thank you

  2. Absolutely! I'm still a beginner but I would be more than happy to help.

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