This month’s #sewmystyle has been a bit slow going for a lot of people. Me included! The project for March is the Virginia legging from Megan Nielsen. It’s a really basic pattern to make leggings either with a low waistband (suitable for maternity) or a natural waist.
I finally got going on it thought after deciding to make a proper activewear style legging!
After much deliberation, I opted to make a pair black Lycra leggings with angled mesh inserts down the legs that should be suitable for running (I hope!).
Of course, with all the changes I made to the pattern to get the mesh in, what should have been a really quick and easy project seemed to take forever!
I (rather arbitrarily) cut angled lines into the leg pattern to create 4 ‘arrow’ shaped pieces. I added on a 1cm seam allowance to each newly cut edge.
Now came the tricky part – sewing it all together! The hard part was getting he pieces lined up properly to create a nice point that sits flat in the middle of the leg. I needed up using a combo of my regular machine and the overlocker to get them all sitting just right.
That and a lot of ironing and steam!
Once each leg was put to together it really was very quick to put the rest of it together. In fact it just takes 4 seams to sew it all up!
The only thing I’d change for next time would be to raise the waist by 5 cm. I feel it’s a little low to really be on my natural waist. That might just be a problem for me though because my waist sits a bit higher than average!
So I think I’ll definitely be making my leggings than buying them in future. I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed making these!