Getting my moneys worth out of Ottobre 4/2014 I spied a leggings pattern to make up. Now, I have had some disasters with leggings. Seriously. I keep meaning to write it up, I just have one more tweak to do first so that I can include a successful pair in the post. But somehow, I never quite get there. Anyway, these are not a disaster….
… but I don’t like them 😦
The pattern has a cuff in self fabric cut on the cross grain, so that you can make it up in stripes and have a little fun. It also has a ruched gatherey bit just above the cuff on the outside, which makes them puff out a bit.
I didn’t have any striped fabric, but I did have some colourful chevron fabric that I may have bought especially. Except the girl decided it was Boy Fabric and vetoed it. Then she vetoed most of all my jersey stash.
In the end she chose some burgandy knit I bought to make her leggings for school with and some of the spotty fabric from Kitchsy Koo that I’d used already on a t shirt for her. I’m a bit meh about the fabric choices. The burgandy isn’t really stretchy enough for leggings, I mean, it works, but…. Which is a shame, as I bought it for this purpose. Oh the perils of buying online. And I’m not sure about the white dots on the cuff, not very practical. And the thicker fabric seems to hang a little stiff, or maybe that’s because I cut it on grain to squeeze more out? She likes that they’re not tight and you can wear them over socks. But mainly, I don’t like these two fabric choices together, they don’t do it for me.
Still, they made up ok (except I accidentally put the ribbon tie at the front not the back) and she wears them. I debated making the chevron pair up to see if the reality persuaded her, but I took the easy route! I used clear elastic for the first time and that worked well, so the instructions, whilst not overly much dense text with no diagrams, actually made enough sense for me. The fit isn’t great at the top, but its wearable and will be hidden by skirts. I wonder if it would be better in a stretchier fabric. Similarly, I think a seperate waistband would look nicer, but it works fine like it is.
So, still no go to leggings pattern for me. And maybe one day I’ll get around to showing you my disasters.