Sunday, 8 June 2014

Zoe and Virginia in the hood

There's nothing like leggings and a tunic for comfy winter attire.

This navy combo consists of the free Zoe Top pattern by Tessuti and the Virginia leggings by Megan Nielsen, which I have made before. 

The Zoe top is designed for sheer fabric and I had a remnant of this polka dot chiffon from Textile traders that I wanted to use. However, the front and back of this loose-fitting top took up all my fabric and I had to improvise and add sleeves in navy knit fabric. I also edged the neckline in the plain navy.

The leggings began life as a top made from some kind of leather-look polyester. Pretty gross right? I like it so much better on the legs.

 It took some rather creative pattern placement to get the leggings pattern pieces to fit on the available fabric, but I got there in the end with some patching at the lower legs. The pieced sections were overlocked together and topstitched with a twin needle to maintain stretch. I thought this would be more of a feature, but it only just visible.

Some piecing was also required at the top of the leggings. Here I used the same navy knit fabric used for the sleeves of the Zoe top. This is usually hidden under the tunic of course, but how's that for pulling an outfit together?!!

 So there we are. A casual outfit for those days hanging in the industrial area and spray painting some graffiti while I wait for JJ's gymnastics class to finish!

Just joking about the graffiti!


  1. Yes, the top makes much better leggings! I'm hoping you only bought it for the fabric. And great spot top. Have I already complimented you on it in person? (It's so much fun having a friend in blogland that I know in real life too!)

    1. Yes, I only bought it for the fabric, which is probably incomprehensible to non-sewers! It is the very same top you noticed the other day and I'm with you on the RL/blogland excitement!

  2. What a great outfit! Love that you refashioned the leggings from a top and that you made them work!

    1. Refashioning is always fun and so rewarding. I should do more!

  3. Lovely outfit. Very clever to make the leggings out of the top.

    1. I love a bit of a pattern puzzle and making something work. Thank you!

  4. It looks great. Very clever pattern piecing!

    1. It took some deep thought and calculating. Thank you!

  5. I like the changes in texture.

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