My friends, winter is coming. Or rather winter is here and baby, it’s cold outside. Fortunately, my holiday diet of Klondike bars and comfort food at Casa de Parents generated a healthy layer of padding to keep me warm. Unfortunately, I returned home to discover that extra fluffiness added a hint of sausage to my workout gear. *womp womp* Uninspired by the idea of buying yet another $55 pair of black stretch pants, I decided to make my own!
But which pattern to choose? A quick rummage through my cabinet unveiled the Fehr Trade’s Steeplechase Leggings taped up and ready to go – WIN! Double bonus points when I realized it had only two pattern pieces and required a mere 1.5 yards of fabric.
Now, a smart woman, a frugal woman, a woman who knows she has two wardrobes full of perfectly adequate fabric would have opened said wardrobe and gotten started. Friends, I am soo not that woman. A new project means NEW FABRIC. Plus my Christmas cash was itching to find a new home in the pockets of the local fabric merchants. So off to the Garment District I went where my eager hands fondly molested ALL THE PRETTY TEXTILES. A few hours later (and a few dollars shorter), I emerged with enough spandex for five pairs of leggings.
Say hello to my little loves! Aren’t they just a feast for the irises?? Solid supplex in teal, purple and black (not shown) are great, but it’s the purple peacock and neon palm leaves that excite me most.
Leggings – Muslin Round
My measurements put me between a L and XL in the pattern. Since this was my first time making theses leggings, I opted for slightly too large over too small. Most patterns are drafted for someone in the 5’5″ – 5’7″ range, so I added 3″ to handle my 5’11” glory. (Anyone know what height Fehr Trade drafts for?)
From start to finish, the leggings took me about an hour and half to complete. It would have taken less time if my coverstitch hadn’t broken two needles on the waistband elastic. I also skipped the pocket, as I would never use it.
Color me pretty pleased with the outcome. The XL wasn’t too large after all. The fit feels perfect around the waist and through the crotch area. I can see some slight pulling along the outer seams. However, I think it may be due to poor stitching vs bad fit. So long as I sew more slowly on the curves, that should go away. The pants are crazy comfortable. My thighs happily brush back and forth without any seam interference – a rather neat feeling! I can’t wait to try them out at my next yoga class!
Leggings – Neon Palm Leaves
I probably should’ve waited until after a workout or two before whipping up the next pair. However, “patient soul” is not an epitaph anyone will use at my homegoing. Besides – NEON PALM PANTS!!!! Who could possibly wait?!? I kept the same size for this round, only making two small alterations. First, I shortened the legs by 1.5″ – the original 3″ extension was a bit too much. Secondly, I tapered the ankles, removing about 1.5″ from the base for a snugger fit.
This fabric is pure spandex and a bit tricky to sew. While I love the print, I miss the cool looking seam lines. Before I sew up the rest of my leggings, I’m going to wear these to a few classes. I may need to make further adjustments after they’ve been road tested.
Recommendation – Winner winner, chicken dinner!
Overall, I loved this pattern! I had my doubts when I looked at the pattern shapes. However, the excellent drafting and instructions guide you through it easy-peasy. I will certainly be making more of these this winter. Perhaps using some of the snuggly merino wool I just ordered from The Fabric Store. Wool leggings! I can already feel the warmth.