However, I was trolling around my local thrift shop and found 3m of this jeans-like jersey for $3 and thought, "What the hell. At the very least, I can use it as muslin." Then the other day I was wearing something and thought that I really needed some blue leggings or tights underneath and didn't have anything except black, so I thought I'd try to make some.
I hadn't yet used my serger for actual construction; only for seam finishing, which seems a waste considering I did without for 20 years and couldn't wait for the cost of overlockers to come down to a reasonable price for home sewists. I used a well fitting pair of leggings to trace a pattern directly on to the fabric, then cut with a 1cm seam allowance and added length to the legs and to the top so I could add an elastic. I serged up the legs, then across the crotch seams, added a channel for the waistband elastic and then turned up the leg hems. I think that a slight flare on the bottom is more flattering for those of us with a bit of meat on the bones, so I didn't make them taper at the ankle like true jeggings....more like straight cut trousers. Easy peasy. I may whip up another pair tonight if I can squeeze enough out of some left-over ponte I have.
Christine over at daughterfish was mentioning this morning that all sewists have two cats. I resent that stereotype!
I hereby take a pledge never to wear these jeggings without a long tunic to cover them. It's bad enough when some slim 18 year old walks down the street with her good china on display, but when it's a 41 year old mom.....let's not go there, shall we?
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