9.7.12

Panic Sewing

We recently went on a last-minute camping trip.  Even more last minute, like 9 pm the night before we were leaving, I had a panic that I did not have enough warm clothes.  I decided to whip up another pair of Ooh La Leggings.  My children were most intrigued and kept interrupting me to ask if I thought that I would finish them in time.

This time around I went down a size, which was a bit brave considering that I was using a firm fabric.  It is stretchy but firm.   It all turned out okay, though the firm fabric has highlighted a few fitting issues that would not show up in regular leggings fabric.  I lowered the front waist a little, which is normal for me.  I think I still need to shorten the front crotch a little, below the curved style line, as a funny tuck is forming there.  The only other thing is that I could take in the ankles a bit.

For the record, they took me about an hour to complete.  Sadly, I did not have matching thread for my overlocker, and my overlocker is not that great, so I have some white stitching showing through on the seams that are under tension.  I did have topstitching thread to match so I used my coverstitch for all the topstitching.

The fabric was substantial enough that I felt I could wear them on their own.  I think they look very trim, but the camera disagrees and think that they highlight my pear shape.  We all know that the camera lies, so I have cropped the photograph rather than argue with it anymore.

I think they could be styled with a flannelette shirt, but all my flanno shirts seem to have gone by the wayside.

I was hoping to bring you some great campfire shots, but it turned out that the weather was so mild that I did not need them until the last evening, and I had so much trouble gathering everybody up for dinner that night that I forgot to get a photo.



9 comments:

  1. Camera's totally lie. Like, all the time! I just ordered this pattern a few days ago so it's great to see another sewist having sewn it up! Hope you had fun camping :)

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  2. Hee, the camera lies because I make it lie. I cannot sew before trips... I do this weird thing where I completely clean up my sewing room so that I won't think about sewing and just pack. (Of course then I start looking at fabrics online and you know where that goes...)

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  3. I think they look really trim too, the style lines are so flattering. I just bought some Adidas leggings for running in and they have some pretty cool style lines that help break up my leg silhouette. So I think I'd like to give this pattern a go too, plus it's great to support a New Zealand independent pattern designer :)

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  4. Cameras definitely lie, that is why models are seriously underweight.
    Your leggings are perfect for camping. I like the style lines and can see why you needed to make them at the last minute. I am hoping to buy this pattern when I visit Brisbane later in the month.I think they would be terrific exercise pants as well as great for campfires with a flannie.

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  5. They do look trim! I like the seam that runs up the front.

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  6. They look like riding breeches-totally cool! Cameras lie, and also remember that bodies look different when in motion.

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  7. I think they definitely look very trim and you have great legs. I just love the seaming on that pattern, making it very difficult for me to stick to my boring old self-drafted pattern...

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  8. Definitely trim! I think the style lines are very flattering, not to mention interesting and "sporty".

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