McCalls 6173: 3 variations of Leggings: View A has waistband, mock fly front zipper & exposed zippers @ hem ; View B has elastic waist & View C has longer length for ruching @ the ankle.
I must admit leggings were never really a part of my wardrobe, I only have 2 pair that belonged to my daughter and basically wore around the house or for exercising & dared not wear them outside. Recently, I took stock of my weekend wear and realized, I really don't have one, for the most part my weekend wear is my causal Friday garments... cardigan, slacks/jeans and a fitted tee... ummm yeah.
During several conversations with my sewing sisters, Cennetta, Rachel , Andrea, Alethia & Faye, the topic of leggings came up and we further discussed how they would be perfect for this time of year and pairing with a tunic or long sweater for a funky fun weekend look. I couldn't go wrong with all the inspiration and decided I needed leggings in my life.
For my first pair, I used black embossed 2-way stretch faux leather from JoAnns @ 14.00/yd, luckily I had a gift card, so it was painless to pay that amount. The pattern runs big and suggest one go down a size. Once the leggings were sewn, there was bagging along the legs. Returned to the serger and removed 1/2" from the inseam, tried on again then removed another 1/4"and the fit was better.
After tweaking the pattern piece, I was raring to go.
Matter of fact there is a Youtube tutorial for McCall 6173 by Secret Life of A BioNerd. Cute video.
Seriously, I didn't make all the markings noted on the pattern piece, just made sure to mark which side was the back and off I went. For the waist I used no-roll elastic, serged to the right side of the fabric and flip to the inside and folding once again, then zigged-zagged stitched. For the legging hem, I used the coverstitch and presto... finish.
I have several lycra knit prints that after purchasing sometime ago realized the print wasn't what I would wear for a dress, and were quickly earmarked for leggings. Nothing like wacky leggings for weekend wear. So over the course of the New Year holiday, I made 7 leggings. The pattern is seriously addictive and totally gratifying. Of course, of the 7, my sister took 2 of them, and have 2 more to make for my daughter.
Hence, the making of my lot of leggings... to top it off, I actually put my big girl socks and ventured out of the house with the outfit below and paired it with Simplicity 2850. Sheesh, who would have thunk it... the outfit was super comfy, warm & wicked.
Now, I need to make some more tunics for my lot of leggings...
Until then Everyone Have A Beautiful week.