I’m happy to say that I’ve followed through with a goal!
At the beginning of the year, I set five goals out for myself to complete before the year’s end. I’ve finished one and 7/8 of that goal! (There’s one goal on that list which is nearing it’s completion)
Sometimes I have a bit of sewing ADD and get distracted by all of the pretty fabrics and new patterns and don’t follow through with my sewing list…. I suppose I’m more of a “planner” type of sewist as I enjoy the process of choosing fabrics and pairing them with patterns. I pretty much always look past garment photos on a pattern’s cover and straight to the line drawings and imagine those drawings in different fabrics and colors. I would say that this is why I have a large pile of fabrics with their accompanying patterns (+notions) sitting on my cutting table. Some have been there for over a year….
Anyway…. I MADE LEGGINGS.
I know it’s not a tremendous feat. It was rather quick and easy, btw. And quite simple. Why did I not sew these before?The pattern I used was McCall’s 6173. It’s one I bought on a lark during one of the 99 cent sales at Joann’s. You know, where you buy patterns that you think are a bit cute but may never sew up? Yeah. That kind of sale.
The fabric I used was a Bebe knit with a diagonal design purchased last summer from Fabric Mart. I don’t remember the content (the FM sticker did not remain with the yardage), but it appears to be a poly/spandex mix. I bought it simply as the description stated that it would be great for leggings and the fact that it was uber cheap.
This pattern was super fast to put together. It’s only two pattern pieces with an inner leg seam. I cut out a XXL, but that version did not look like leggings, and instead resembled baggy skinny pants. I’m not sure if that result was due to my fabric perhaps being stretchier than the suggested fabric or that my body shape does not adhere to the pattern’s sizing. Anyhow, I ended up grading these down to about a XL in waist/hips and a L for my legs. When I make these again, I will probably just cut out the XL and add some length to the rise. I used a wide knit elastic I had on hand for the waistband and it may have taken the rise down too low. It’s still comfortable, but my preference is a little higher and nearer my natural waist.
Yes, I know…. black leggings, not so interesting nor imaginative. I do wear leggings quite a bit in cold weather and either like this for exercising and around the house or with dresses/skirts. This pair seems to be more so for the former as the fabric is a bit thicker than what I like to wear under dresses. It’s been pretty warm here as of late, so I haven’t been wearing leggings very much, but as they’re the first thing I reach for when the temperature drops, it seemed appropriate to actually sew some!
Snowball would not leave me alone when I was taking these photos. I cut her out of most of them. She acts a like a dog quite a bit of the time and likes to be by my side. If she didn’t spend most of her time hunting birds and rodents, I might think she was a dog…. 🙂