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 🙂
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!
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