First up, can I shout some more about just how amazingly versatile & warm (yet not too hot & extremely self regulating) my Merino Renfrew is? I have worn it tons, & here it is, with belt & pin stripes after a winter day at the office:
It’s also been a true partner to my loveable Thurlows, but no pics to prove it. Please just believe. I recommend making the Renfrew in a sweater type knit. I think it’s a characteristic of the Merino, but I just cut my usual size & it ended up coming up a little larger, which is perfect for a sweater style.
OK so onto the stars of this particular post. Yep, I have made another variant of leggings. I have been wowed by Melissa’s (Fehr Trade) silver pair and purple pair and KBenco’s running tights made using the Ooh La La leggings 1004 by Papercut patterns.
I shall state now that I have every intention to perform the utmost act of flattery & imitate to make my own running leggings. Before I did that however, I needed to make a pilot in bog standard jersey knit. Black in fact (from the Rag Market of course). A replacement for my worn out & not quite helpful for cold climes 3/4 length RTW & holey pair (now verging on grey they have been washed so often).
I was intrigued when the beautiful pattern arrived in very special packaging ( a box with its own self-hanger ), pattern pieces themselves printed onto brown paper & cute little instruction booklet. I decided to make these up in black exactly as they came to understand the construction. This leggings pattern, unlike my previous pair of McCalls 6173, has a few more pieces and many more seams not side seams though): there are three pieces per leg plus a back & front yoke.
As well as piecing these seams together there is also top stitching, which all adds up to much more careful sewing than the McCalls whip-up job (especially if your fabric has edges that intend to curl up at every opportunity). I used my overlocker throughout except for top stitching (single needle, ballpoint) & the hems (twin needle). I also used Melissa’s easy elastic waist method.
I do really like the styling & the construction though. The yoke creates a fit that feels good, snug, not too tight, & not too gathered. It also adds great styling to what is normally a pretty boring make, instead livening it up with shape & curves & points. See the diagram here for a better idea. Of course in black this doesn’t show up as much. Fit-wise, I probably could go down a size in the yoke next time I make them (eg for running), but for wearing these underneath dresses etc, they are fine this time. Kbenco’s post contains a detailed review of the pattern, sizing, yardage required as well as lot of information about how she fitted them, & her experience to create a great pair of running tights that I will definitely refer back to.
I was also intrigued by the top stitching – would it work, a straight stitch on a knit? Well, it seems to, threads haven’t snapped & seams have not seemed under any strain. The top stitching is also a nice touch & reminds me of some 60s style ski pants I once had….
So what’s the verdict? I think most definitely a hit & I shall explore making them again. They are too long for me, but that’s OK – extra can be tucked up, or left to gather around ankles which I like anyway. They are tight-legged like leggings, unlike my McCalls pair that, remember, have become stretchy trousers!
Now I will be wearing them as warmth with my Patty Young fabric dress, or my Lisette Portfolio tunic, but you wouldn’t get a very good view of them that way, so, out of character, I’ve tried to show their shape.
Made me feel a bit creative…
And rather wobbly. So much easier to do when you are 6 years old!
And instead felt more like the kind of outfit ….
Worn by a cat burglar! Shhh!
Anyway, whilst on the subject of Papercut paterns, have you seen the new Covent Garden collection? I am in swoon city. All images below are from Papercut Patterns’ website. Most favorite is La Sylphide dress
But I am also coveting the Coppelia top