After a week off, it’s time for another leggings review! This time, I’m chatting about the Sloan Leggings from Hey June Handmade.
The Patterns and The Leggings
The Sloan Leggings from Hey June are probably the first legging pattern I’ve reviewed that are designed to be sports leggings. It features two views – a simple straight pair of leggings (shown here) and a view with piecing options to color block your leggings. Both views include a separate shaped waistband, two lengths (capri and 3/4 length) and an optional media pocket to hold your phone, ID, credit card or cash. It also has a regular, tall and petite view.
Hey June patterns are always a favorite around here – I was so excited to give the Sloan Leggings a try. I sewed up a size medium regular, which matched my hip size. I am always a little nervous with leggings sizing because it’s so much of a wild card – pattern to pattern and the fabric you choose. I felt really comfortable with this fabric because this is the third pair of leggings I’ve made from this fabric. In hindsight, I should have sewn the size small as this pair of leggings is unfortunately too large. I also skipped the step to add clear elastic as I haven’t added elastic to any of my other pairs of leggings, but unfortunately, that coupled with them being too large to begin with led to leggings that were just too big.
They will totally work for lounging leggings – but I wore them to Pure Barre on Sunday and because they were too big, they didn’t stay up as intended. That was more user error than the fault of the pattern, but it is really important to get a tight fit on leggings.
Similar to my other leggings, I sewed them up on the serger. I used Wooly Nylon thread in the loopers but other than that, sewed them just like I would any other knit.
My only complaints of the pattern is that this pattern does not feature a gusset (which is my newest leggings favorite) and they are mid-rise. I love my leggings to be high rise because I think they’re more flattering and more comfortable that way.
I would be interested to try these leggings out again in a size small – especially if you’re looking for a pre-built in color block option, these ones are a win! That being said, I think in my book, the Avery Leggings are still leading the charge on my leggings of choice.
I cannot recommend this Pine Crest Fabric Moisture Wicking Supplex fabric enough – the Pine Crest supplex has been on my cutting table the past few weeks as I’ve been searching for amazing leggings. I’ve said it over and over again, but with active wear, fabric is so important. I think, surprisingly, that the eggplant is my favorite colorway! As a solid black leggings kind of girl, this statement surprised me. I love how eggplant pairs so perfectly with black and other dark neutrals.
The Pine Crest fabric so much resembles my favorite Lululemon leggings. So much so that with this pair of leggings I wore a eggplant Lululemon sports bra (same sports bra, different color) and it was a perfect match color and fabric feel. I also am so impressed with how opaque the fabric – a huge win for athletic fabric.
For those of you wanting to purchase the fabric, it’s available on Fabric.com here! As a reminder from my previous posts, it says that the stretch is only 25% but that’s wrong – it’s 80%-ish stretch in both ways.
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Pinecrest Fabrics kindly sent me the fabric used in my Sloan Leggings free of charge, but as always, all opinions are my own.
This is the fifth post in my series on sewing activewear. For the intro post click here, for my review of the Avery Leggings click here, for my review of the tie back tank click here, for my review of the Peg Legs click here, and for my review of the Essential Tank click here.