Here is the March installment of Project Sew My Style; some Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielson. I wasn’t quite sure which size to cut as I have sometimes found in the past that their patterns come up a little small, but I cut a size XS in the petite length, and hoped that my fabric would be stretchy enough to overcome any slight fitting issues!
The fabric that I used was a remnant from Fabric Godmother, which is now out of stock, but they do appear to have something similar here. It is a crazy orange snakeskin textured spandex! It is printed on a white background, and is a tiny bit thinner than I had hoped, but my leggings are going to be the most exciting running-ware in town!
Having just two pattern pieces, these sewed up extremely quickly, and the instructions were simple to follow. I should have adjusted my overlocker tension a little or used a more similar thread colour, because you can see the white thread on the seams that are slightly under tension. I did succeed in getting my hems to match though, using the most exciting two coloured twin-needling I think I have ever done!
The pattern suggests using 1″ elastic, but I only had 1.5″ and it just fit the channel. This has resulted in a lovely firm waistband which feels very secure. If I made these for running again I would widen the waistband some more to match the styling on some of my ready to wear pairs, but for everyday leggings the fit is probably perfect as it is.
As they are not designed as running leggings, I have found them to be a little restrictive around my lower legs when running, but nothing too troubling. It does try to pull them down a little though! I think perhaps sizing up a little might have solved this problem too.
Overall, I am really pleased with these! They are so different to the colours and patterns that I usually wear, but I do enjoy a more vibrant print in my workout clothes- if they are exciting to look at I am more likely to put them on!
Sadly, my fears about the fabric were well founded, while it was stretchy enough, at the seams it is so thin that it has started to tear. I don’t think that these will last very long, but they have at least shown me that it is possible to make my own, and I am going to be looking for some more suitable fabric sometime soon. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.
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