This has been a fun sewing week for me because I’ve been experimenting with some new styles on me. I like the look of the relaxed top with some leggings, so first up, I wanted to test out a legging pattern. I know that Burda pants fit me relatively well, so I found their only woman’s legging pattern and picked it up…#7382. I added on a couple inches to make them full length and I didn’t mess around with the gathering on the side.
I started with a 16, added an extra inch or so at the top of the center back. For the first pair, I used a jersey that I knew didn’t have enough spandex in it, but I really just wanted to check the fit. I have found that my calves are larger than normal and are often too big and wind up pulling the pant down uncomfortably. On these, I found that if I cut the calf on the the 16 line, then sewed with a slightly smaller seam allowance, they work! It’s awesome. This is a pattern where the leg is made from one piece, so they are super easy to put together. I made a 2nd pair in a jersey with more spandex and I lowered the front waist a bit and they’re almost perfect.
I think the next time I make them, I’m going to cut the hips and waist at the 14…I think that will be perfect. I’ve been debating whether I like these or the Sewaholic pacific legging better . I blogged about the pacific here: Pacific Leggings. I really like those ones too. The Burda wins on speed, but I think I prefer the fit of the sewaholic…plus it has a gusset! 🙂 Anyway, time will tell on which is the winner…they’re both good and I’m thankful to have some choices.
Next up was the Hot Patterns Swingy Top. I’ve loved the look of this since it came out!
Those wide cuffs! The top stitching! The pockets! What’s not to love? I wanted to use some fabric from the stash that I bought last year that I also used or the HP Artemis. It’s just a gorgeous berry pink/purplish color, and the fabric has this diamond texture build in. I love texturized fabrics.
I made a quick test last weekend out of some ancient cheap fleece. I bought this fleece before I understood the difference between cheap and not cheap fleece, so I was glad to put it to use in a muslin.
This has my rounded back curve adjustment and the lowered and shortened bust dart already in it. Those are two common adjustments for me, so I just made them first. From the muslin, the neck was a little wider than I wanted, so I brought that in about an inch and I added 4 inches to the bottom to make it long enough to wear over leggings. Here’s the end result.
I look like an elf in that last one with my green pacific leggings! You have to love the sewing room shots, and I am the first one to admit that I am not, nor do I have any desire to be, a fashion blogger! I did yoga this morning, so I still had on my workout stuff. When I wear this for real, I plan to have on brown leggings, and my new ankle boots. I think it will be super cute and will try to remember to update with a pic. All in all, I love it and can’t wait to wear it.
I’m not sure what is next up on the sewing list….I have a couple of ideas floating around, but haven’t settled on one just yet.