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Custom Fit Leggings

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Custom Fit Leggings
Custom Fit Leggings
Custom Fit Leggings
Custom Fit Leggings

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Alexandra Holm    January 11, 2015
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This was a fun, quick project. There are a few changes I'd suggest though:
-Use 0.9 for the stretch factor. I used 0.95 and had to take in some saggy spots.
-Add a measurement for the calf. My calves are much larger than my knees or ankles (which are part of the spreadsheet and thus pattern), so I decided to make the seam allowance a bit thinner in the calf area.
-I used a twin needle to do the ankle hems and the second step of sewing the waistband. I think it looks much more professional than a zig zag.
-Make sure to make the waistband elastic several inches shorter than the main fabric's circumference. I didn't stretch mine enough and had to rip out lots of tough stitches to make it tighter and prevent the leggings slipping down the back when I sit.
This was my first project with stretch fabric and my new serger. I highly suggest giving this pattern a try, keeping in mind my lessons learned above. Thanks, Debi -- I can't wait to start on my next one of your patterns. :-)

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Deby Coles  January 12, 2015
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Great tips Alexandra. The negative ease factor has a lot to do with how much stretch your fabric has and how thick it is. The greater the stretch, the looser the fabric tends to feel and the more negative ease you would want to use, so keep that in mind if you make them again with a different type of fabric.
And yes, you are correct that you should measure the elastic around your waist and cut it to length first before sewing it in. Or you can always change this to add a casing and thread through the elastic so its more easily adjustable, but then it may twist in the wash and that can be a nuisance.
Glad they turned out well for you Are you brave enough to share a picture?

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Deby Coles  January 12, 2015
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Ah ha, I see your picture now - wonderful~thank you so much for sharing.

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Quiltspinner    December 6, 2014
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I had so much fun drafting this pattern and then sewing it up. I feel like a little kid who finally figured out how to do something. The directions were clear and easy. I had to finagle the crotch and waist for myself which is nothing new. No patterns fit me ever! Though I can wear a size 8 in mid rise waists, those pants actually fit me at my waist.
My tights fit me perfectly. I could not gt the spread sheet to download so I just did the math and took it down to 95%. I wanted them not super tight. Now I get to look for great fabric since I have a pattern tailored to ME. Thanks so much for the video and tutorial.

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Deby Coles  December 7, 2014
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I'm so happy for you! Isn't it great to learn a new skill, and get a pattern that you can use over and over again. Do upload a picture or two if you aren't shy!

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teachable 1    July 5, 2014
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Clear and concise instructions. Thanks. I wanted to make some for my granddaughter and probably will if I can get good measurements from her mom. When I sew pants, I usually do the leg seams first and then the crotch in one fell swoop. Think it makes the seam where the crotch and the leg seams come together stronger. If you haven't tried it, you might and see which works best for you. Thanks again for the well-demonstrated info.

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