Last month’s #SewMyStyle was a little bit of a fail for me. I made my Saunio Cardigan out of this gorgeous reversible quilted knit from Style Maker Fabrics but something went horribly wrong and I ended up with an unwearable garment. It was 150% user error – but I decided to just scrap it and forgo February’s make. But that just propelled me into March’s pattern – The Virginia Leggings by Megan Neilsen.
Over the weekend, I set out to create the perfect outfit for my Virginia Leggings and settled on the Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch that I’ve been seeing all over Instagram recently!
I made my Waterfall Raglan out of a beautiful French Terry knit from Stitch Sew Shop that I picked up this weekend – a much overdue shopping trip now that my work busy season has finished.
I was a little afraid the light pink would look like a top for a 3 year old girl, but in the end I’m so happy with it and love the way it turned out!
I had a rough time with the gathers. I’ve never had to gather a knit garment before. I decided to use elastic to help with the gathers which was a lot easier than using a line of stitching for me. I didn’t have a lot of spare elastic at home so I had to unpick the elastic after the front was attached and then re-use it for the back – probably not the wisest, but I got it to gather.
My favorite part of finishing up a garment these days is putting my label on it! These labels from Dutch Label Shop are amazing and add such a great touch.
Ignore the serger threads behind my sewing machine….I had to change the serger thread 3 times this weekend – that has to be a record for me. I am the biggest offender of “oh this doesn’t need that exact color of serger thread…” That is wrong, every. single. time.
I had this dream of making Jeggings for #SewMyStyle this month and I did succeed – despite some missteps. When I purchased this fabric from LA Finch Fabrics, I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that these were a bit more denim than legging. The stretch percentage was only 20% where as the Virginia Leggings pattern required 40% stretch. As such, I made two pairs. One in a small – my measurement matched size that wouldn’t even make it up my legs, and one pair in a large that fit. Due to the variance in stretch percentage, it required me to go up 2 sizes! Fortunately I had a lot of excess fabric.
I think this fabric is more destine to become another pair of Ginger Jeans than another pair of leggings…lesson learned but not a total miss!
Although they didn’t turn out to be exactly what I planned, I still love them! They look like jeggings and were super easy to put together – two legs and a waistband, a couple seams and they’re done!
I plan on making a couple more pairs of leggings as part of this month’s #SewMyStyle because I loved the Virginia Leggings Pattern and can’t wait to make more!
What’s your perfect top to go with leggings? What fabric are you planning on making your Virginia Leggings out of this month? Leave me a comment below!
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