Thanks for all your very sweet compliments on my Burda top!
Here’s the full outfit together:
More on them in a bit, I just need to get something off of my chest…
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS
I can hear your internal dialogue as you read this: “Alrighty then… But, they cover your legs and you’re wearing them like pants… Also, who died and made you Queen?” Hell if I know, but it has to be said.
Seriously, people. You can wear them as pseudo pants if your shirt/tunic covers your ass, or under a dress, but in no other situation should they be applied.
Even on our honeymoon in Italy and France I saw leggings worn as pants throughout the land. C’mon, fashionable Europeans, work with my arbitrary rules for gracious living!
Case in point:
I don’t care what shape or size you are; I don’t need to see anyone’s ass defined that clearly. Ok? OK?!
Whew. As you can see, I feel a little strongly about the issue. My first world problems are really the most severe. Calming down, taking a deep breath and slowly stepping off of my soapbox…
OK, back to these leggings. First, some history: I’ve made them before, and but they never got blogged. Here’s my first pair; nylon supplex from…maybe Fabric Mart? Perhaps Fabric.com? Finished November 4, 2013:
I also made a second pair from a Cotton lycra I picked up at Spandex World (purchased on my fab Fall 2013 NYC vacay), which were finished November 27, 2013. I realized while writing this that I don’t have any photos of them, but they’re black and look much like the pair I just got done.
I used a size XS for all three pairs, but may try somewhere between an XS and S for future pairs, as I’m not quite as small as when I made these first couple up. (Papercut’s sizing runs a bit large; I wonder what truly tiny people do…). On this first pair, I had to take in the waist a smidge and once they were finished decided the rise way way too high for my liking. I really don’t need what extra baggage I have to be completely encased like a high-end shaw-shage (this is how my 2 year old niece says it, and it kills me every time. She so loves her sausage).
I’ve worn the gray leggings to work out, but they almost have too many seams to be comfortable. Plus, I hemmed them a bit short and always am tugging at them. They don’t get too much play these days.
For my second pair, I decided to cut down the rise about 2″, which ends up being perfect on me.
Also, these leggings are really long. I am 5’4″ with about a 30-31″ inseam, and I had to shorten them FIVE inches to be a good length. Five inches! If you have anyone super tall in your life who needs leggings, they’ll appreciate the length of these. In my first pair, I just cut as directed and hemmed. This left things a bit baggy in the ankles. For pair 2, I shortened along the lower part of the leg of each pattern piece like so and achieved a better fit through the calf and ankle:
And it worked like a charm.
This current pair is made from a wicking poly lycra (I’m about 90% sure it was that one) I purchased from Fabricline (Rose City Textiles, for you Portland locals) this Spring and was intended to make a fast drying dress for our honeymoon. The dress was a disaster, but I had enough of this fabric left over (really just barely; it was quite the squeeze) to make these leggings, so all was not completely lost.
After the first two pairs, I was all set on pattern adjustments, so all I had to do this time was cut and sew. Woohoo!
The takeaway this time: Leggings are not pants, and I love these leggings! ;)
FESA project count: 1 done, 7-8 to go.