Can we all agree to pretend like I never said anything about Basics week? Okay! Good then! Moving forward (I will get to it, but it’s Thursday, so clearly it’s not going to happen this week!) Rachelle sent over a review of the Lil Leggings pattern from Lil Blue Boo. I was so happy Ashley agreed to let me carry her patterns in my shop!
My little girl LOVES skirts, which is good for me, because I love making her cute skirts out of fabulous fabrics. But when fall rolls around, she wants to keep wearing her skirts and its a daily battle to get her to wear anything else.
Enter “Stretchy pants”. It always reminds me of “ Chancho. When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It’s for fun. “– Nacho Libre
She loves her stretchy pants. This year I couldn’t help but order some delicious knits to make her some pairs. Melanie suggested the Lil Leggings pattern by Lil Blue Boo.
I ordered 1/2 yard of 3 different fabrics.
I really prefer working with ePatterns because its such instant gratification to get your pattern so quickly. Also having it saved on the computer is a bonus. I printed my pattern and pieced it together with ease. Just lining up the dots and taping.
Then I used the freezer paper method to trace the patterns. Since I am doing 2 different sizes- I just had to trace it twice rather than printing it out twice. Also next fall when I want to make the next size up( and the next and the next… all the way up to 8 years!)- I don’t have to re-print and tape it all together.
Out of the half yards I was able to make 2 pairs of pants per print. One for my daughter (3-4T) and one for my niece (24mo-2T). The 1/2 yard was just the right height for 3T-4T. Any longer and you’d have to get a larger cut of fabric to keep the pattern in the correct place.
The directions were very well written and I was even able to open the .pdf in the Books App on my iphone, which was very handy while I was working at my sewing machine to be able to flip through the instructions.
I used my serger for all the inside seams and to finish the edges. Then a zig zag on the bottom hem. The pieces all fit together perfectly. Sewing with the knits was very nice. I have heard it described as sewing through butter and I agree. It seemed to melt as I worked with it.
Now in the pattern- she calls for a ribbed knit to be used for the waistband-which seems that it would be a very comfy feel. Well I didn’t have ribknit on hand and I just couldn’t wait to make them- so I improvised. I had some wide band elastic that I used for the white pants.
For the Pink Striped and Blue polka pairs- I ended up using the waistband guide (piece B) with my regular knit, and then reinforcing it with an elastic band on the inside. This added some extra steps to the original pattern, but turned out just as cute. If you go this route- you might have to adjust the height of piece B to accommodate the width of your elastic.
I loved all the variations and tried both the rutched pair and the ruffled bottom pair. However, decide BEFORE you start the pants what variation you are going to use. After the leg is sewn closed its tricky to get in there to add anything. In the instructions for the variations- it does say to add any embellishments first. I was just hasty in putting my pieces together and then decided after to add the ruffle and the rutching.
Also, another tip. If you are going to add the ruffle at the bottom, make sure to accommodate in the length of the leg. Ours ended up being more of pants with the added length of the ruffle- which is just fine for winter. But they were just a bit longer than the others.
I tried the leggings on the little girl and she was thrilled with them. She wanted to try doing a kart-wheel in them right away! She tried on all 3 pairs without any tantrums, which is HUGE for us. She has been wearing the striped pair all day. I really recommend this pattern to any one who wants a good starter project with knits for some “Stretchy Pants” for particular girls.
Thanks, Rachelle! I can’t wait to try these out for Haley too! And I’m dying to make the Sienna dress for her as well.