A new pattern is released into the shop today, part of the Sew What You Wear range. I'll bet you lounge around in leggings and the like much more than you wear a silk blouse or a posh dress.
If you've been following So Sew Easy for a while, you may remember that some time ago I featured a tutorial, measuring video and spread sheet for drafting your own custom fit leggings pattern. That is still available for you to use for free. But if you don't fancy drafting your own pattern, I've now made this multi-sized pattern available for download.
What's special about it?
If you ever get fed up with the sizing on commercial sewing patterns or on the ready to wear clothes available to you, you might already be aware that the measurements used often don't seem to reflect the real size and shape of the modern woman. You aren't alone in thinking that. If you follow a lot of sewing blogs, you'll often see the bloggers ranting about unrealistic proportions.photo credit: Just Mary Designs via photopin cc
That is what makes this pattern special. It's not based on the imaginary, vanity or ‘ideal' sizing of the high street, this pattern is drafted using the REAL measurements of REAL women. A great BIG thank you to the Pattern Testing Team who all so generously agreed to share their most intimate of personal measurements for this pattern.photo credit: TinyTall via photopin cc
With waist sizes from 26 to 46 inches, I'm hoping I've got most of you covered. The pattern covers the tallest person on the team, while it also includes 3 different places where you can lengthen or shorten to suit your own body measurements and height.
So, if you want to look smoking hot, like the pattern testing team, get this pattern !
photo credit: wetlookleggings via photopin cc Disclaimer: as far as I know, these ladies didn't sew their own leggings!
- Real sizing based on real women's measurements
- Quick and easy to sew
- Just one pattern piece
- 3 places to lengthen or shorten so they'll be just right
- Good range of sizes
- Step by step written instructions along with videos on how and where to measure, and sewing instructional video too.
Pattern tester feedback
Theresa from The DIY Page – I loved the pattern, it was super easy and the fit was good. It was easy to alter. I marked the back of the leggings by sewing a little ribbon tab. It sticks out from the waistband. I always do this if the front doesn't look different from the back.
Linda – I'm not a big legging fan and don't wear them very often but needed some to workout so I decided to try the pattern. I really like that there is only one piece to the pattern. I have to say that once I tried on my leggings for the first time I was so so impressed with the fit ! They fit well everywhere! When I finished them I wore them for meditation and sometimes with others after crossing your legs and moving around they go down and when you get up you have to pull the leggings back to their place so they crotch is at the right place but not those ones. After that I went for a walk and did exercises with them and they remained in place and don't pull from anywhere. I will be making much more of these for sure! Thanks Deby for a pattern for real women!!
Diane from Two Chicklets Sew Shop – I didn't have enough of this fabric to make them long but these are perfect for walking shorts. I wore these to go walking with a friend this morning and they worked great. One piece = easy!
Sonja – I made the leggings in 2 hours yesterday. Very easy to follow. I wore them all day. Great pattern. My first time sewing a stretchy fabric. I liked that I learned how to sew and work with knits. I also learned what stitches to use. It was great. I was very excited they fit on the first try.