Spontaneous December sewing plan


Sometimes I think the best anti-pandemic strategy is an outrageous stash of fabric. In line with that, yes, I am lurking Black Friday sales 🙂 My stash is beyond pitiful, like, nothing. Something I can rectify given the help of refund checks from my house closing in Weston, over a year ago!

Last week I visited the much-loved and appreciated Fabric.com, and placed a nice order. I’ve never sewn with much of a plan, I just lie in bed and get hit with an inspiration. So, upcoming:

A Deer & Doe Plantain Tee and Megan Nielson Virginia Leggings combo.

Another Style Arc Elani Tunic ( see last post) , in Robert Kaufman Driftless Insects linen:

And a pattern I’ve had for a couple years, a Katherine Tilton knit jacket, B6253 (search Ebay), with loads of detail, in a mid-weight sweatshirt fleece:

I hope you are all well, staying safe, and embracing hope and each other. Coco

Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

Cool weather inspiration! I haven’t made these leggings since 2013, no particular reason, I just got caught up with other patterns. On Sunday I found my old pair in my hosiery drawer – the new house is still giving up surprises 🙂

Fantastic pattern, now available in a full range of sizes (Original and Curve).

Sewing notes:

  • I’m 5’7″ and sewed the size Large. I probably could sew the Medium, but I really don’t like skin-tight leggings.
  • And I used the lightening stitch on my machine for all the seams. An example using the same type fabric in a different colorway – yes, second pair 🙂
  • I cut the length at the XL mark, just to add a bit more fun at the ankle.
  • And I added 1″ to the rise, as I don’t want to be hitching them up all the time.

The leggings are an easy and fast sew – no side seams and an easy-to-apply waistband with inserted elastic. I think I’ve mentioned my approach to the latter before, but, feeling chatty, here’s another go at it.

I like to insert elastic in the back seam of the band, not through the waistband/garment seam. I baste down the seam allowances to ease my way past them (a good idea no matter how you like to approach the casing).

And I rely on favorite tools from Dritz:

Cute fabric, brushed poly jersey from Fabric.com. They always have a great selection.

I love the ankles on these leggings, all scrunchy!

Self-drafted top in cotton/lycra jersey

Ciao! Coco

Virginia Leggings – absolute fun!

I’m loving this leggings pattern from Megan Nielsen! 

There are only two pattern pieces – a waistband and a leg – with a choice of a regular rise or a ‘maternity’ low rise (which I think is pretty neat).
And they don’t need much fabric, a little less than 1.5 yd of a 60″ stretch knit.

I made just a couple tweaks to the pattern:
  • I’m 5/7″, 40″ hip, 30″ waist, and sewed a size Large. 
  • Cut the length at the hem line for the XL, which gave me another 1/2″ or so. It’s hard to see on my leggings, because of the print, but they really do scrunch up at the ankle – so cute!
  • Added 2″ at the top of the leg pattern piece – the rise was too short to be comfortable, sides, front and back. Since this pair is my muslin, I actually added a strip of fabric at the ‘top’ once the leg seams were sewn and fitted. I like my leggings (and pantyhose, for that matter) to come up a bit above my natural waist and not be crawling down as soon as I start walking around 🙂

OK, this is moi thinking I saw something on the floor, most likely something that got tracked in from all the stuff going on outside. 

Maybe I’m just losing it…

I’m back – composed once again. I even put my shoes on.

Parting roof update:

Two days ago – supplies for the next layer…

Yesterday – rain delay!
Today – the hot asphalt crew

Tonight – the 3rd layer is complete 
The new tile comes tomorrow on the biggest truck of all.  All smiles – Coco