14.9.09

Denim leggings....who'da thought?



Well, I can't say that I ever thought about making denim leggings, let alone wearing them, but the French, black denim that I ordered from EmmaOneSock turned out to be much lighter and stretchier than I anticipated.  It seemed destined for leggings.


When I told a friend that I was going to make denim leggings, she said that she had never heard of denim leggings.  I said, "Haven't you seen all those ones on net-a-porter?"  Her reply, "Net-a-what?".  Hmm, must remember to keep internet trawling obsessions to self.




They look better than I expected.  Perhaps fit really is flattering.  If I get too thigh conscious, I can always save them for under my trench or perhaps even a dress.




To make them, I started with my jeans pattern.  I decided to eliminate all the pockets and have an invisible side zip rather than a fly front.  This was to keep it all sleek in the squidgy region.  I placed my leggings pattern over the top and used it to shape the side seams.  I wasn't sure how much extra width I would need, compared to the leggings pattern, so I kept to the leg width of the jeans, basted them together and then took in the side seams until I was happy with the fit.  I put 25mm wide elastic in the waist band, to stop them falling down as they stretch with wearing.  I did this by sewing the elastic to the wasitband seam allowance when I was understitching the wasitband, similar to the method you would use if using a grosgrain ribbon as a skirt facing.

In spite of these distractions, I am making progress with my couture dress.  I have stitched most of the outer dress together.  I just need to sew the side seams and then finish catchstitching all the seam allowances to the underlining.  I'm not sure what to do about the hem.  The method I am following attaches the lining to the hem with a jump, but I am not sure that this is the best thing for a flared skirt.  The fabric frays.  I guess overlocking is not very couture?  I haven't started on the lining yet.  I may have to take that away with me.

8 comments:

  1. Katherine, at least you didn't say to your friend, "Haven't you seen them in Supré?" Net-A-Porter at least sells designer clothes. LOL! I just came back from shopping at Supré for DD where they had an entire wall of denim leggings.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh I love them with your trench. Your couture constructed dress is arm-chair sewing (enjoying watching from a very lazy distance) and leggings are most certainly arm-chair styling (could never, ever wear). ah what vicarious sewing fun I'm having.

    ReplyDelete
  3. They look fantastic with your tops. Love the fabrics from Emma One Sock. I'm considering ordering some silk but worry about postage costs to Australia.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You're denim leggings look fantastic! You must definitely bring those with you down to Sydney.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am with Mary Nanna, I adore vicarious sewing. Your leggings look fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, I never thought denim leggings would look so stylish. You look great in them.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those turned out fab! Very net-a-porter :)

    ReplyDelete