I think I can finally say that I’ve moved from being a sewing with knits ‘novice’ to a ‘confident beginner’. All thanks to Laura from Craftstorming.
She asked me if I’d like to join the blog tour to celebrate the release of her new pattern Fancy Pants Leggings – of course yes – but I accepted with some trepidation. Knits are not my strength. Plus the range of knits at the local fabric store are desperately boring, so I went on the hunt at the local thrift stores for some items to upcycle. My fancy pants leggings began life as these two uninspiring t-shirts I bought for $2. (How ugly is that pink one? Such a bizarre shape!)
The pink top made up the main leg pieces and the green one was a great coordinating colour for the bum panel. Plus I didn’t have to add cuffs or hem the ankles, I just used the existing waistband on the t-shirt. Yay for upcycling short cuts!
Photo shoots with Lucy are always unpredictable. For this one she decided to grab this necklace from the dress ups box. I decided to roll with it – I quite like the 80s styling. The necklace is actually mine, I was given it for my 6th birthday in 1986! My sister had a matching one. It has bells on it and the girls adore it. It’s fun to see them enjoying things I loved as a kid.
This pattern was SO easy. And fun! That bum panel is a great way to add some colour and variety to the leggings, and some extra room for little ones who wear nappies. Laura has done an amazing job with the pattern – it is one of the best independent patterns I’ve ever used. Her instructions are clear and detailed and the design of the PDF is really professional. She provides options to make the leggings into shorts or pants, to use ribbing or elastic and tips for using both a sewing machine or overlocker. It’s also a great pattern for both boys and girls which makes it a really versatile winner.
My kids are short for their age – both Trev and I are 5ft 4″ so no surprises! As a result, I also shortened the leg length for Lucy. I made a size 18-24 month and shortened the leg length to 12 month size.
As per usual, when one gets something new, the other must have it too! Some fancy pants leggings for Anna are on my list!
For more amazing versions of this pattern, you can check out all the other awesome bloggers on this tour:
Giveaway! I’ve got a Fancy Pants Leggings Pattern to give to one of my readers! Just pop over and like Craftstorming or Titchy Threads on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me that you did, and give me the details for your plans for this pattern! Be creative – my favourite comment will win!