I don’t know about you, but I am in desperate need of clothes for autumn. And apparently I’m now taking my fashion cues from my 7 year old! This olive colored, cotton velour was actually meant for leggings for Mairi Rose- cotton velour leggings being her favorite sort of pants. But when all of my leggings started falling apart, I began to wonder if there wasn’t enough fabric to cover me instead.
In my head I pictured myself wearing these with a long, oatmeal colored, tunic sweater, while ever so causally curling up with a book on a stormy autumn day. It should be noted that in this fantasy I also had really long shapely legs. Hey, if you are going to have an active fantasy life, you might as well have some fun with it. The leggings are now done, but I’m still lacking the sweater and the legs. Books I can manage.
To make these I took my most comfortable pair of (totally worn out) leggings and after closely examining their construction, turned them inside out and carefully trimmed off the seams. I then used the pieces as my pattern, being sure to add the seam allowance back in. I’ll be using this pattern again, but I will change a few things as I go along. Mostly I don’t like the way I put together the waistband.
I learned something very valuable with this quick project. With careful cutting I can make myself a pair of leggings from a single yard of fabric. I just have to do the waist in two pieces instead of one. Sometimes it pays to be short after-all. Who knew?
Are you starting to think about cooler (or warmer, depending on where you live!) weather coming and what that might mean for your wardrobe?