A little while ago, the lovely Meg, of Megan Nielsen Patterns, asked me to test her new leggings pattern. I didn't need long to think about that one! I love Meg's stylish and practical designs and always feel excited when I see that someone has made something using her patterns. That may have something to do with us both having the same name and living in the same town. I keep hoping I'll bump into her one day - and that I just happen to be wearing something hand made and fabulous from her collection at the time - "Oh Hi, I couldn't help noticing your Virginia leggings, are you the Meg of Meggipeg?..."
The silver pair are the first ones I made and they fit perfectly with no adjustments. Notice also the length. I think this is the first time ever that I haven't had to lengthen pants and they still ruche (is that even a word...oh yes it is, I just checked) attractively at the ankle. They are worn here with a Briar top (also Megan Nielsen) lengthened to tunic length and cut with a straight hem for a change. (Other Briar tops I've made). I made my sister (who is even taller than me) an identical pair and she is over the moon with them.
Ahhh, feels like I'm in my PJs.
The other pair I'm going to show you were made as an experimental variation from faux leather with a tiny bit of stretch. I made these by cutting the pattern as usual in faux leather, then cutting along the centre of each pattern piece (where the outside seam would normally be on pants) and inserting a 4cm wide piece of cotton lycra. The waistband is also cotton lycra. I'm thrilled with these and they always get a lot of compliments. I think if I made them again I would increase the back height a bit as they tend to slide down slightly when I bend over (this is only the leather ones, not the lycra ones). Let me know if anyone would like a tutorial on this process.
I'm wearing these with with this top that I copied from Metalicus and a scarf made from an old jumper.
The third pair of leggings I made are in thicker ponte knit which I tie dyed. I can't wait to show you. I can't recommend this pattern highly enough, even for someone like me who often copies Ready-to-wear clothes, it's lovely to have a properly drafted pattern that fits oh so perfectly. Thanks so much Meg for the opportunity to test this brilliant pattern.
Check out Meg N's blog post for the story behind the Virginia leggings.