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Top 5 Misses: 2021

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Last year, I had a hard time picking my fails of the year, I had a lot garments without errors. This year, I didn’t have many absolute fails, but I had a lot of ‘not perfect’ makes, which was hard to weigh. Similar to my hits for 2021, I did not rank these beyond bottom 5.

  1. Fleece Leggings using the Avery leggings pattern

First, yes I made these work, I am happy with the end result, but they could have been better if I had allotted for the amount of stretch in the fabric. I have not attempted to wear them this winter, with my expanded belly, but I do think when I have a more stable body next year, I will wear them. I think this one hurts a little more because of the expensive fabric. The added side panels fixed the problem, but oh how I love leggings with no side seam.

2) M7952 Sew Together for Summer

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I can’t believe I didn’t make a post about this one. I’m sorry. I very much thought I had. I had made this for SewTogetherforSummer. I actually put a lot of work into fitting the bodice. I muslined it and everything. It should have been perfect. The reason it’s here: the length. I need at least 3 more inches of length to be comfortable wearing it. I gave this make away.

3) M7544 Floral top

https://imgur.com/a/280OQyc

If you remember from last year, M7544 was in my top 5 Hits. So I made another this year. It comes down to fabric. The silk was given to me, so I was like, free fabric, let’s use it on a pattern I really like. Silk (guessing what it is) feels too fancy for everyday wear, and when I dress up, I wear dresses. I still have it in my wardrobe, but I haven’t worn it once.

4) Alana dress maternity hack

I have been wearing this. But if you saw my post with my 2nd attempt, the hack was not necessary and there is too much fabric in the front. I love the fabric and it’s fine for a nightgown, but when it comes to ideal makes, this one does not meet the mark. I love the pattern, love my 2nd dress version. Live and learn.

5) Dawn McCalls

https://imgur.com/a/wBEY8bN

This was a make for minerva. I also did not keep it. I just wasn’t happy with the fit in the bust. The neckline was a bit too long for me. It’s a fairly cute pattern but not something I see myself making again. My standards for a good make are pretty high now.

I always love sharing my failed makes at the end of the year. It gives such a more real look at sewing, not every make is perfect and sometimes views on makes change after wearing throughout the year. I hope you enjoy these posts too.

I hope clicking for photos isn’t too annoying. I ran out of WordPress photo storage space.

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Top 5: Hits 2021

I promised to come back for my 2021 sewing recap. I am still struggling with adding photos without upgrading. For any photos that aren’t uploaded yet, I’m using Imgur, which seems to just post a link, so I’m sorry about that. Hopefully I’ll find a better option soon. Today I’m sharing my top 5 Hits for 2021. These are the pieces that I’m most proud of/worked the most in my wardrobe. I’ll share a bit of a sewing catch up in another post, which unless I find a better option, will have links to images as well. Very annoying.

Similar to previous years, I’m not ranking the 5, they are in no particular order, because that is just too difficult.

Looking back at my makes this year, I had a lot of makes that I like, but aren’t perfect. After 5 years of sewing, I’m a bit more disappointed in my mistakes this year. Most of my hits fall into the first half of 2021. I think this is in part to my changing body. I struggled to make things for maternity that I really loved.

First up: something you haven’t seen: The essential coverall from Brindelle & Twig.

https://imgur.com/Zk3GZiv

My intent is for this to be his going home from the hospital outfit. I made it in the Newborn size, although I added some length to the torso and legs based on reviews. I’m hesitant to add it to this list, since I don’t even know if it will fit him yet. But I’m so proud of it, with the elastic back, snap legs, little feet and cuffs.

2) Puffer Coat

This is so warm! I wear it all the time to get me through walker duty in the morning at school. And… it still fits preggo! There is enough room to fit a belly. The only thing is I need to restitch the pocket edges down, as those came up. I love the knit cuffs that keeps air out of the sleeves. This one is a huge success, not only for wearability but I’m just really proud I figured out how to make a puffer coat. It was time consuming and worth it. I

3) Self Drafted Joggers

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I know you are looking at the photos and saying “Shelby, you have camel toe, how is this top 5?” I have good reasons though! 1st, this is self drafted from RTW. So I came up with the sewing instructions myself, traced off from an old pair of joggers I love. I want to get better at drafting and this was a good first step. 2nd, camel toe went away during pregnancy when I have to wear them below the bump. Now, I won’t be making any more with this pattern until I am back to a regular size to make adjustments to eliminate said camel toe. I do want to say, I am wearing these a ton in pregnancy. I have added a drawstring since taking the photos, so they look more complete now.

4) Grandpa Cardigan from made for mermaids

Out of all my cardigans, this is my favorite. I want to wear it all the time. Now it isn’t the most flattering preggo, and is often a bit too warm to wear, that’s the downsides (I do get hot easily). But it is so cozy, the length of everything is perfect. The color goes well with lots of things. The star patches add a bit of a special touch. If I had more time in life, I would make a lot more of these.

5) Inspire leggings from Greenstyle

So early 2021, I made quite a bit of athletic wear. I have not attempted to wear these pregnant, the fabric is too expensive to risk it. However, it had been on my list for a long time to make a Moto hack. I wore these a lot March-May. Once I got pregnant, I basically ceased all workouts. Something I’ll touch on in a later post is that I’ve spent more on more special fabrics this year, and it really pays off. Especially when sewing athletic clothing, so the fabric doesn’t tear at the seams.

2021 has been a bit of a different sewing year with all the big life changes. Pregnancy is no joke. Thanks for staying tuned for these posts.

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Alana Dress: Made for Mermaids 2 Ways

Whew, It’s been a long time. I’ve still been sewing, albeit not as much, but blog posts have been the furthest from my mind. If you don’t follow me on Insta, big personal news: I’m pregnant. I actually started the 3rd trimester today. Baby Noah due Feb 6th. I’m not making any blog commitments right now, but I do still plan on doing my year-in-review posts.

On a side note: Anyone familiar with WordPress know about photo uploading? I have officially used up all the free space. I’m worried about deleting because I don’t want to risk it deleting from my posts. I also don’t want to pay. Can I host the photos elsewhere?

Onto the makes: I have 2 to share with the same pattern; the Alana pattern from Made for Mermaids. Inside the Hem picked this pattern for Sewtogether21 a few months back. I’ve really been loving Made for Mermaids patterns lately. I thought this pattern would work well for maternity so I jumped in on it.

Initially, I was in a totally maternity hack mindset. I wanted a nightgown for the belly. For this version I followed this blog post. The hack ended up completely unnecessary. The pattern on its own has enough room and it’s made in knit. So when I first tried this on, I had a few problems.

problem #1 the straps were too long. I ended up shortening it by 1.5-2″. It’s not the cleanest fix, but I edited it on the pattern for my 2nd version,

problem #2 too much fabric in the front, because of what I added for the hack. I ended up serging down the side seams, taking off the elastic and about 2″ each side. I also found the ruching to be a bit low.

The fabric is a bit special. At 13 weeks pregnant, we took a trip to New York. It was my first time. Of coarse, I had to visit Mood fabrics. This is one of the fabrics I picked out; Modal jersey. It really is perfect for a comfy nightgown.

Take 2. After Lindsey (insidethehem) posted her versions of the maxi length, I loved it and had to make it. I went back to the original pattern without the hack. I took off 1″ from the pattern piece strap (2″ total on full strap). I also lowered the slit down quite a bit for modesty. Otherwise, this make is exactly as the pattern intended. I used the high V for front and back.

This fabric is from Mily Mae, my current favorite fabric shop. I love just about everything they have. It’s yet another cheetah print. I’ll never have enough.

It fits over the bump just fine :). I will probably wear this for a baby shower. I normally don’t make maxi’s because they use so much fabric yardage, but this pattern doesn’t. I think I only needed 2 yards for it.

I really see myself using this pattern again when I need a new cami. I have the ogden cami pattern, which I could never get fitted exactly as I wanted, and it’s meant for wovens, and I prefer knit camis. I also tried to draft a knit cami myself, which worked semi-well. But I love this pattern fit wise and binding finishes. This pattern was a win for me.

Outerwear

Wheaton Windbreaker Review: Sewing with Nylon Fabric

Who’s celebrating #HeyJuneJune? I’ll be honest, even though this is a Hey June pattern, I had hoped to make is a few months ago, rather than in June. But here I am, making it in June. I made the Wheaton Windbreaker. A pattern I splurged on back on Black Friday. I loved it as soon as it came out. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this pattern a ton on instagram.

The Pattern:

I have made several patterns from Hey June before. I think her instructions are great. I did consult her tutorial on the welt pockets though. The tutorial cleared up any confusion I had. Although the pattern instructions are clear, I don’t want to lead you astray. This is a time consuming project. There are so many pieces. I would recommend this for either ambitious beginners or intermediate sewers.

So you exactly the changes I made: I sewed up a size 6 in bust graded to 10 at the waist. I also forgot to add extra length to the sleeve, so rather than turning the sleeve facing to the inside of the sleeve, I left it on the outside and cut out twice as many sleeve facings, essentially creating a cuff.

The Fabric:

I’m so happy with the fabric, but the same time, I made my work a lot harder on myself. It’s waterproof nylon fabric. Which if you aren’t familiar with, any pin holes don’t go away. It is best to use sewing clips. I have 3 sewing clips. Which really aren’t enough to use. So I used tape and pins carefully within the seam allowance. It made things trickier.

However, the fabric! It is Nike headstock. How cool is it that I made it with the same fabric Nike uses. It’s from Stone Mountain Fabrics, here. It was my first time ordering from them, and I’m quite pleased. One side is the burgundy and the other side is silver.

For the Lining, I used a cotton cheetah print from Fabric.com. It seems to no longer be available. I love the burgundy/cheetah combo. I kinda wish the cheetah was more visible than just the inside pockets and hood.

Final Thoughts/Recommendations:

First, when sewing zippers in outerwear, don’t sew too close to the zipper. I had to redo the zipper a few times (not great to unpick this fabric) because I couldn’t zip it all the way up. The fabric gets caught int the zipper. So I had to unpick, despite leaving some visible holes and sew further away. That fixed it right up.

Also, if you fabric choice is suited for the topstitching on the welt pockets and waistband, it is such a beautiful detail. I didn’t even to the best job keeping my lines straight, because the fabric wanted to move all around on me, but it’s not that noticeable.

Lastly, take the pattern’s recommendation to pin the back facing to the jacket on the dress form. I used wonder tape instead of pins, but I tried to do it freestanding at first, and it was difficult to get it to lay flat. Hanging it on the dress form really made it lay correctly.

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Sunday Romper from Love Notions #Sewtogeth21

It’s May’s #sewtogether21 make, the Love Notion’s Sunday Romper. Are you joining in? Inside the Hem has been hosting since January. It’s a low commitment challenge, no prizes or deadlines, just join in when you want.

The Pattern

If you didn’t catch my last post, I’m a Love Notions fan. I’ve tried a good chunk of their patterns. Let’s see: game day tee, Sabrina Slims, Oakley vest, Rhapsody Blouse, Lotus Blouse, Serenity Sweater, Forte Top, compose robe, Laundry day tee and now the Sunday Romper. If you want to try out Love Notions, keep an eye out every Friday they have a pattern on sale for $5, a great way to try their patterns for cheap.

I sewed up a Medium with a Small bust adjustment. Love Notions has 2 bust options, a standard and full bust. Great if you normally need a FBA. Unfortunately I still need to do my SBA’s but it’s worth it for me. I chose the dolman top with the cropped length, pockets and no drawstring.

The Fabric

Please don’t let me see your eye roll that I’ve chosen another animal print. I love it so much. I did try a ‘new-to-me’ pattern company Mily Mae. IndoorShannon on instagram raves about them all the time, so it’s been on my list to try and I’m so glad I did. The fabric was very prompt in getting to me. I chose a rib knit in Grey animal print. Initially, I was nervous about the pattern in a rib knit, as I wanted appropriate bum coverage. But that worry was for nothing, the knit is opaque, no panty lines or anything. I will totally try them again, beautiful selection of knits.

Pattern Changes

Besides the SBA, this pattern is made up exactly to the pattern design.

Final Thoughts

I wore this to school and got so many complements. It passed the ‘first wear’ test. All my previous rompers have been woven, and I gotta say knit is the way to go. So much easier for the bathroom breaks. I love that this make is completely school appropriate with no needed cardigans.

Dress

Rhapsody Dress Hack: Fashionista Bargainista Contest

One of my 2021 goals is to enter sewing contests. Well, I did it. I joined in on Pattern Review’s Fashionista Bargainista Contest. Entries are due May 31st, so you still have time if you want to join in. This contest is all about replicating an expensive garment for less.

I actually nailed 2 goals in one because I chose a garment Taylor Swift wore to replicate. As usual, I used Taylor Swift Style to find my inspiration piece. I chose a piece she wore for a livestream. The designer is Farm Rio and retails for $235. I knew I was going to focus on the silhouette. I don’t have an embroidery machine, so the embroidery would be way too difficult. However, I did want to incorporate the trim.

The Pattern:

Focusing on the Silhouette, I knew the Rhapsody blouse from Love Notions would be perfect. I already had the pattern, as I had picked it up when it was on sale for $5. Love Notions does ‘$5 Friday’ and has a different pattern on sale each Friday. Highly suggest checking that out. The main reason I chose this pattern was due to the tie neckline, but I also found the bishop sleeves were a good match too.

I started with the size Medium in the long bishop sleeve and top combo. I did my usual small bust adjustment. The pattern comes with. a dress version, however it has an elasticated waist, which wouldn’t suit my inspiration.

You probably already know I love Love Notions. I already have sewn up a handful of their patterns. This one is no different. The directions were very easy and had some helpful additional tips. I am always unsure if the tie neckline is for me but that’s a style preference. The only part of the instructions I didn’t love was finishing the ends of the tie neckline. They have you tie a knot and let the bottoms fray. I decided to fold under twice and sew down.

The Fabric:

I used Gauze Fabric from fabric.com. It should be noted that it is only 48″ wide. I didn’t take that into consideration. I guessed on how much I would need. I bought 4 yards initially, which was enough for everything except the bottom ruffle. So I bought 2 more yards to complete the ruffle: a total of 6 yards.

This was my first time using gauze and I’m quite happy with it. I was nervous about it being a summer dress with long sleeves, but I think the fabric is so breezy that it’s fine.

As for the trim, I turned to Etsy, and found exactly what I needed here. I bought 5 yards of type C. I didn’t use all the yardage, probably had 1 yard leftover but I was glad to have some wiggle room. The trim has 1/4″ seam allowance on each side and the actual trim that would be shown on the garment is 1/2″ wide. This meant that the amount needed to add seam allowance is the same as the amount added in the trim, so I could just cut my fabric where I wanted to add the trim without messing with the length of the finished garment.

The Adjustments:

It actually is quite simpler than it looks. I lengthen the side seam of the tunic length. I did this by holding the paper pattern up to me to find where the tunic hit, and then measured how much longer I wanted it be until it hit the trim. I can’t remember the exact length but somewhere between 7 and 15 inches. I think I got that piece a little long compared to the inspiration but I think it looks good on me proportionately. I flattened the hem out so it would be straight. The I made a rectangle pattern piece 12 inches tall and double the length of bodice for the bottom ruffle piece.

For the trim I just cut the pattern piece where I wanted to add it at the sleeve and bodice piece. The bodice is a little lower than the inspiration because I didn’t want to worry about my bra being visible through the trim holes.

Overall, very happy with how this piece turned out. I don’t think it will be a frequently worn garment but it was so fun to make. I do want to make the rhapsody in a normal top version at some point too.

2021 Bargainista Fashionista
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Paige Piko: Free Pattern + Cricut Infusible Ink

Some of my favorite makes are the ones that I feel a ton of inspiration for. I’ve had this top taking up a lot of space in my mind lately.

It all started when one of my 5th grade student (I teach art to K-5) wore a tie-dye pink sweatshirt that said “cool vibes”. I thought it was so cute. I didn’t see myself wearing “cool vibes” but as I thought about it, I loved the idea of Art Vibes. Sort of like, sending my students all the creative feels when I wear it.

It’s already getting quite warm out and I also didn’t want to completely steal a 5th grader’s look, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out a free top pattern. This is the Paige Piko from Made for Mermaids. I have no idea if it’ll stay free, so if you are interested, pop over and download it just in case.

The pattern:

I sewed up the size Blue. Made for Mermaids uses a color sizing, to avoid the number trauma. I did my normal small bust adjustment as well. I chose to do the hi/low top to tunic version. I really love the fit. The only change I would make is the arm opening isn’t very big, so I would widen that on my next one.

The Fabric

I was convinced I needed to keep the tie-dye concept from my inspiration. I wanted a tie-dye that looked artsy, as well as light enough for the lettering. It also needed to be a high polyester count for the Cricut Infusible Ink. Here is the fabric I used. I was a little worried that a polyester jersey wouldn’t be comfortable but it is. To be honest, I always get confused on what the different substrates of jersey feel like/which I like best.

Cricut Infusible ink

I was so excited to use this product. I’ve actually gifted Infusible Ink twice but never bought it for myself. It’s just so pricey. I could justify it for gifts but not for myself. Anyone else like that? well, I this idea in mind and there was a sale, so it was go time. The pack had 2 sheets, grey triangles on black, and black & pink triangles on grey. It’s imitating the look of stone. I used the grey triangles on black.

I was very happy with the consistency of color on the different parts of the tie-dye. I do wish I had raised the letters an inch or 2. I did hold it up and check before pressing. But I also applied the Infusible Ink prior to sewing it up. That’s ok, I didn’t want the letters on the boob range like most graphic tees, since I’ll wear it to school. I don’t need to draw attention to boobage at school.

I am super impressed with the results, but I have to be honest about my feelings on the directions. They sucked. I couldn’t find directions anywhere included. On the box it says “read application instructions on Cricut.com/infusibleink”. I did go to the website. I don’t think it was super user friendly. I was dissapointed they made assumptions that you would use their easy press. I have a heat press. So the instructions said something like have on high heat for 75 seconds. My heat press calls for a temp. Thankfully, my heat press came with different products and application time/temps. I used that and it worked well. I think it was 375 for 60 seconds.

Thank you for reading. I hope it was helpful. Feel free to ask any questions. I always do my best to help.

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Peppermint Magazine Button Up Dress: FrugalFrocks21

Did you participate in Frugal Frocks this year? Reveal day was yesterday on Instagram. I had so many plans for March, I almost opted out. I watched a few of the promotion videos and decided to participate. Thus some of my March plans were pushed to April, but who can turn down an essentially free make?

The Pattern:

I chose the button up dress from Peppermint Magazine. All patterns from Peppermint Magazine are free, but they do appreciate donations. This was my first time sewing up one of their patterns. I’m always surprised by free patterns. I expect there to be less instructions, or poorly drafted. But every free pattern I have tried has been the same quality as the pricey patterns. The main difference is free patterns are often simpler silhouettes. This pattern features a princess seamed A-line dress with a button placket.

This pattern has an all in one facing with the neckband and armhole. I’ve never made a garment this way, although I know it’s a thing. I decided I would rather have a button placket/neckband facing and bias bind the armholes. It was quite an easy change to make, although it did mean that I didn’t follow much of the instructions since 80% of the instructions are finishing the neckband and armhole.

The Fabric:

The pattern calls for heavier weight fabric. This fabric feels like a satin. I personally feel like you can use any weight woven with this pattern. My mother-in-law picked this up for me at a garage sale. I said yes to it because of the subtle animal print. I can’t turn down an animal print, I’m obsessed. Although what has kept me from sewing it up is the color. Light blue isn’t normally a go-to for me.

Pattern Changes:

Besides changing the facing, the only pattern change I made was my typical small bust adjustment and added 1″ to the length. I normally add 1.5″ but I wanted this to feel a bit shorter.

Oh, and let’s talk buttons. The pattern calls for 10 buttons. I used 7. I did this for 2 reasons. I had the perfect handmade buttons to go with it, but I only had made 7. They are on the bigger side. Bigger buttons means less buttons.

Check out how my earrings match my buttons. I’ve been really into polymer clay lately. I’m just making them for myself currently. Once I work on a design, I want to use as much of it as I can, but I don’t need 10 earrings with the same print. So I thought, why not buttons? I wasn’t sure if they would work, but they seam to be holding up well. I haven’t washed the garment yet, but I don’t see why that would cause any issues with it. The clay bakes in the oven and turns it into a bit of plastic. I believe the buttons are just slightly over 1″ wide. It was the smallest circle cutter I had.

Overall:

This pattern has a bit of a 90’s vibe to it. The light blue color mixed with the silhouette also gives me a bit of grandma nightgown vibes. I love the 90’s vibe, not so much the grandma nightgown. I definitely think I can style it cute on occasion but I don’t see it being a ‘worn to death’ garment. It could also be that I am not really feeling dresses at the moment. I haven’t been wearing them to work as much. I think most people hit that feeling in 2020 but for whatever reason, I’m just now feeling that way. I’ve been mostly making athletic wear and loving it. I’m happy to have participated in a community challenge, I think the result it cute, but I’m not gonna lie and say I’m over the moon with it.

Loungewear

Inspire Leggings: Moto Add-on #sewtogether21

I cannot express how much I am in love with these. I already know they will be apart of my top 5 for 2021. I’ve already worn them several times. Let’s get into the details.

The pattern:

Inspire Tights by Greenstyle Creations with the Moto add-on. I believe the difference between tights patterns and leggings patterns on Greenstyle Creations is the amount of stretch. These need fabrics with 50% Stretch. I’m quite a fan of Greenstyle Creations. I’ve made their Moxi Shorts, Pacific Pullover, and Green Tee. I plan on trying out their power sports bra soon.

I sewed up a size Medium. I found the instructions for the Moto add-on and the Inspire tights very easy to follow. I believe there was a 3/8″ seam allowance, easy to work with. The Inspire leggings also come with angle cut outs, or a plain version. So there are lots of options for more. I love having the side seam for the cut out’s or Moto add-on but I would probably opt for a pattern with no side seam if doing a plain long version.

I did include the Gusset since I do use these for workouts with lots of squats. I however, did not include the optional waistband pocket. I have never used these in my RTW leggings, since I don’t go running. So I opted for less bulk.

The Fabric:

I used fabric from Greenstyle Creations. I choose the Yoga Flex fabric in Potent Purple. It’s been on sale for their capsule wardrobe Facebook event. It’s normally 19.50 a yard, currently 12.50 a yard. That being said, their shipping is quite expensive. I got 1.5 yards for $48 after shipping and taxes. It was a splurge for me.

Their fabric is great quality. I really want to try their athletic rib knit for my birthday in May. I sewed it majority up on my serger but I did use my sewing machine for the pintucks using a stretch lightening stitch and the fabric took it super easily.

The fabric is perfect for working out. It feels like part of my skin when I’m wearing it. Nothing is uncomfortable.

Pattern Changes:

I did add 1″ to the length but it wasn’t too necessary so if you are short, you might need to take out some length.

Although I didn’t vary from the pattern for it, it did involve a little bit of pattern change, so again, I did the Moto add-on. I topstitched at the top with my machine and was getting some bubbling. It goes away when the leggings are put on. However, I did switch to using my coverstitch for a chainstitch on the the other topstitching and I was more happy with that.

Other thoughts:

I’ve failed at atheletic wear in the past. Fabric would get holes, fabric not sturdy enough, poor fit. It’s been a sad saga. However, I’ve found success. Therefore, splurge on the nice fabric for athletic wear, poor fabric will not turn out.

I have a bit of fabric leftover that I will make a matching power bra with, so we’ll see how that goes. But I 10/10 recommend this pattern and fabric.

I’ve had Moto pants on my list to try for ages. Thankful that Lindsey from Insidethehem gave the little push for me to make them. If you aren’t following inside the hem on Instagram or Youtube (sewtogether21 is mostly an instagram thing) I recommend it. April is going to be a skirt pattern if you are interested. There is no deadline or incentive for participating but it’s fun to sew along with others and give a little inspiration push if you aren’t sure what to make.

Loungewear

Fleece Lined Leggings



Early February, it got real cold in Missouri. Like -17 degrees Fahrenheit cold. Thankfully we had snow days during the coldest days. Every morning I have car rider duty, where I’m outside greeting cars for 20 minutes. Regular leggings just don’t cut it.

I have some RTW fleece lined leggings in grey but I really wanted black. For the sake of convince and money. I bought online from Kohl’s a black pair of fleece lined leggings during our snow days. Well, it arrived and I was less than pleased. It had a run right down the crotch, and they were too short. I lengthen all my bottoms, so DUH! it wouldn’t be long enough. Once that was a flop, I knew I had to make my own.

First, this fabric was not cheap. I ordered from the Rain Shed, the Polartec Power Stretch fabric. I did a bit of googling to find that this is the ideal fabric for fleece-lined leggings. It was $21.50 a yard, for reference I normally aim for $10 or less a yard. I ordered a yard and half. The shipping wasn’t cheap either, $15. All in all, I spent $48 on the fabric. I had spent $12 on the RTW from Kohl’s, for reference.

That to be said, the fabric is very nice. It is quite thick and warm on the inside. It sewed up pretty easy. However, I have 2 warnings. 1) be aware of the stretch. I didn’t check it prior, it is about 30% one way and 50% the other way. I used the Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings which call for 70% stretch, so you can guess what happened. Well get to that. 2) it doesn’t unpick well. So go slowly to avoid the need to do that. I have a small hole in the waistband from unpicking, when I was sorting out how to finish the side panels, and my first idea didn’t work out.

This was my 4th time sewing the Avery leggings. I sized up from my previous versions, because they are on the tighter side and I knew the thick fabric would need more room. I just didn’t anticipate how much more room it needed. Thankfully, the Avery’s have not side seam, so it was pretty easy to insert a panel for more room. I wish I didn’t need to do this, but it worked out. Stretch is important, just so you know.

Since the waistband was already in, I took the side panel all the way up. I had considered unpicking the waistband and recutting it but ultimately decided I could get away with taking the side panel all the way up. I ended up just folding it over and securing with a zig zag.

Originally I wasn’t planning on blogging this make. I had Made the Avery 3 times already. But once I had such a blunder with the stretch, I wanted to share. I’ve been sewing over 4 1/2 years. I had made this pattern multiple times. It was expensive fabric. I made a mistake. Did I save it? yes. But I just wanted to share that mistakes happen to everyone. It’s just fabric. You still are worthy of sewing. There will be more sewing projects. Thanks for listening to my TedTalk.