I made leggings! And I found a plain wall to photograph them against!
I’d been staring at this fabric at my local fabric store for several months, thinking they’d be perfect for leggings. Seeing Sophie’s amazing creations inspired me to make the purchase, and I bought the fabric at the same time as the blue cotton/linen denim I used to make my skirt. (This is a good reminder to me not to stockpile fabric – I’m always most excited to use fabric when I buy it for a specific project.)
Instead of leaving fit up to chance by using a pattern, I cut apart a pair of trashed RTW leggings I bought a few years ago and made my own pattern. Since I wanted to use the horizontal orientation of the print, and the stretch was only 2-way, I added 2″ (including seam allowance) to each leg.
The elastic is encased in a separate piece that I sewed onto the leggings with two rows of zig-zag stitches and finished with an overlock stich.
I left the legs unhemmed because I didn’t want to lose the print.
I felt a little impulsive buying this fabric, but miraculously, these leggings pass one of my tests for basics: they go well with a lot of my wardrobe, which (as you know) consists of a lot of neons and neutrals. In fact, more than half of my self-made color palette can be found in these lil’ leggings.
And speaking of my wardrobe, I’ve added a new tab named “Sewing projects” to keep track of what I’ve made over the years. I’m working backwards from this year and will have 2011 up next. It’s interesting to see your projects in chronological order. With the exception of my silver dress, my focus in 2013 has really been on good fit, appropriate fabric choices and better construction and making versatile, wearable pieces that I want to put on at least once a week. Don’t get me wrong – this is a huge milestone for me and fits a lot of the reasons I started sewing. That said, I’d love to tackle a couple of more imaginative projects this year. One of the most unique sewing blogs I read is Rolling in Cloth. Claudine made a resolution this year to “dial back the crazy” in her sewing projects, which are really art. I’d personally like to dial UP the crazy a little bit!
Maybe I need sewing resolution? Dear readers, any suggestions for a fun experimental project or two?