Linden Sweatshirt and Peg Leg Leggings

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

Both of these garments were made as samples for some new classes I’m teaching here in Austin at The Cloth Pocket. Scroll to the end of the post if you want more info on that!

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

Let’s start with the top which is the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt. I love everything Grainline does. Their patterns fit me well with just a couple minor changes. I simply graded out to a bigger size at the hip. I like the loose, boxy feels of this shirt which makes it easy to fit on others.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

I made View A with long sleeves, cuffs at the arms, and a hem band.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

The fabric was free from a swap. I think it’s a cotton blend. The pattern is simple and raglans sleeves are easy to sew so it came together quickly.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

The neckline is quite wide and open which I personally like but some of my students wanted a smaller neck opening. Something to consider…

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

I’ve made the Pattern for Pirates Peg Leg leggings before. They’re pretty basic in that they don’t have any pockets or style lines but I like that they don’t have an outer seamline which means there are only three pattern pieces. The waistband doesn’t need elastic, either, which is a plus. You could seriously sew these leggings up in a couple hours from cut to finish.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

I used this fabric from the Cloth Pocket. This time I made the full-length leg version.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

I also lengthened the center front to bring the waistband higher. That’s probably a change I’ll suggest in my class as well.

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I’m teaching several classes in the coming months so if you’re in Austin and want to learn something new, check it out…

  • Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs – The Peg Leg leggings are a great pattern to show off a fantastic print and with few pieces to cut and seams to sew this makes it the perfect knit beginner class. If you’ve made a couple woven garments but haven’t tried a knit garment yet, this would be a good class for you. This is a one day class on either March 20 or May 1.
  • Grainline Lark Tee – This t-shirt class is an intermediate level for knits. You’ll learn to cut and sew with knits, sew a set-in sleeve in flat, and add a knit collar to a neckline. This is also a one day class that I’m teaching on March 25.
  • Grainline Archer Class – If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love the Grainline Archer shirt. I’ve made it nine times! My Archer class covers everything you need to know to make a classic button-down shirt over four class sessions April 18, 20, 25, & 27. We’re also offering a men’s shirt pattern alternative if you’re a dude or want to sew a shirt for one. This is an advanced level class so you should have made a few garments before you try this class.
  • Made by Rae Washi Dress – The Washi dress is a beloved pattern by many and is a great beginner dress pattern. You’ll learn how to sew pleats, attach a facing, bind armholes, and sew with elastic thread. If you’ve made a simple garment like a tank top or elastic skirt, this would be a good class to take to advance your skills on a bigger project. This class is held over two class sessions, April 22&29, and May 9&11.

Grainline Linden and Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings (doing my best zombie “Thriller” pose)

I’ve been working out lately. Like, a lot. Running every morning (highly recommend the Cto5K app for your phone…), yoga-ing (that’s totally a word, right?), taking Krav Maga classes, and this month Miss Lulu and I are taking a workshop to learn the dance to “Thriller” for Halloween!

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

So to facilitate all this running and punching and zombie dancing, I’ve been sewing ALL THE ACTIVEWEAR.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

These projects are both the Steeplechase leggings from Fehr Trade. It’s a well-drafted pattern with fun seam lines, perfect for a crazy print.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

My first pair used a black knit for the yoke and a galaxy print for the legs; both came from Rockywoods.com. The print is fun but if I had more of the fabric I would have spread the print around more so the big splotched of galaxy wouldn’t be so close together. I had only bought a yard, however.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

For these leggings, I bought a floral scuba knit from LA Finch Fabrics. I think Finch buys lots of jobbers: ends of bolts and surplus fabric from designers. This print was a little strange, it looked like it was printed specifically for pattern pieces to be cut out from it. For example, the flowers would end abruptly in the middle of the fabric and there was an unprinted horizontal line that seemed to break along yard markings like the fabric was printed in panels.

I was able to cut around the weird printing but it’s something to note if you want to buy the same fabric.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

On this second pair the curved seams around the hips are a little wavy.

This could be caused by two reasons. 1) After sewing my first pair on my serger I discovered that my serger had major tension issues. The far left thread would snap if you pulled on the seam too forcefully. Obviously, no bueno. So I was forced to re-sew entirely over the existing stitched seams with a zig zag stitch. On this pair I skipped the serger and did zig zag only. This possibly caused the fabric to stretch as I sewed or 2) My assembly method might have been different trying to sew the points at the front hip. Perhaps if I had flipped the fabric and sewn with the opposite layer on top I could have more easily pivoted around the points?

Either way, it isn’t a big deal but next time I’ll pay better attention/get my serger fixed.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

I like the pocket at the back waist, good to hold keys while running or a mouth guard in Krav class.

The legs are a little long on me but that may be the fabric, it’s quite stretchy. I could always cut the capri length instead.

Fehr Trade Steeplechase Leggings

The fact that the leggings have no inseam is a big plus, definitely my favorite feature, but it also makes the pattern pieces extra wide, too wide to lay side by side. Something to think about if you’re buying a wonky stripe or directional print.

I’ve made two of these leggings now and I wouldn’t be against making them again, but at this point I’d like to try out a new pattern. Maybe the Jalie Cora’s?

Patterns for Pirates – Peg Leg Leggings

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs

EVEN. MORE. ACTIVEWEAR. SEWING.

Yep, I’m on a roll and perhaps even a little obsessed. Most of my sewing the past couple months has been geared toward some type of sports, exercise or outdoorsy-ness. Sorry, not sorry.

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs

This is my first Patterns for Pirates make and it’s pretty successful. These are the Peg Legs – a simple leggings pattern with no side seams (yay!) and no waistband elastic (double yay!).

The fabric is again from Rockywoods.com (gotta maximize that shipping!). It’s a fancy UnderArmor HeatGear poly/elastane knit with SPF 50+ and wicking ability and all that cool stuff.

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs

I made a size medium, capri length but this fabric is so stretchy the legs could easily stretch to my ankles.

 

My only struggle with this pattern wasn’t with the design itself but the assembly. P4P uses “no trim” printing pages. You just line up the edges. At first I thought this was cool, no cutting! But my printer doesn’t print less than ~3/4″ from the edge in any direction. That means lots of edges got cut off including most of the page numbers.

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For example – is this a B or a D? I’m pretty sure it’s a 4?? Who knows!? In the top corners, printed numbers 1, 4 and 7 get so truncated that I can’t tell them apart. A page number printed in the center of the page (like a watermark) would have helped. There wasn’t even a full page layout image included in the instructions to which I could compare my printed sheets!! Ugh, that annoyed me.

Luckily there weren’t many sheets as this pattern is only one piece (you cut the legs shorter for the four length options and the waistband is just a rectangle you cut out separately) and the pattern tells you not to print a couple pages if you’re below a certain size.

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs

If I were to make these again I would even out the rise between the front and the back. The back waist is a little high for me and the front waist is a little low.

Since these leggings have no pockets for keys they’ll probably be relegated to yoga/exercise rather than running.

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs

These were a fun pair to whip together in an afternoon – few pieces and even fewer seams! But they’re a little plain. Next time I want to try the Sewaholic Pacific Leggings as they have more decorative seaming and a back zip pocket at the waistband, better for running.

Cake Espresso Leggings

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First of all, I fully realize that leggings are not pants so no, I don’t intend to walk out on the street like this. But this is a sewing blog so I’m gonna wear ’em on here FOR SCIENCE!

Second of all, I have to admit my good friend Susan works for Cake and helped me pick out the perfect fabric and gave me tips and such. She’s great, and now I have awesome leggings!

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The Goal: I’ve only ever made one pair of leggings, a McCall’s pattern which turned out to be a bust because they never fit right. I started out making a medium but by the time I had finished I re-cut and re-cut them down smaller than the smallest size in the envelope. Sill, they were baggy in the bum and the knees. Total bummer. Maybe part of my problem was the fabric but I think it was also McCall’s fault. I was hopeful with this new pattern.

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The Pattern: The Espresso Leggings by Cake. It’s a cool pattern because it’s a template based on your own measurements. You measure waist, thigh, knee, ankle, then crotch rise and leg lengths and basically connect the dots. It’s cool because all the ease and stretch considerations are taken care of for you so it really is easier than drafting from scratch.

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The example line drawing on the back of the envelope had me a little confused. There’s no side seam so the one pattern piece wraps around your whole leg but those knees and ankles looked so tiny compared to the thigh. I guess it’s ok ’cause everyone’s pattern will end up looking different.

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My finished, traced pattern piece looked like this. The back curve is on the right. The front curve is barely a curve at all.

The Fabric: This is a super soft rayon jersey with 5% spandex and no vertical stretch (perfect for this pattern, thanks Susan!). Got it at Austin Fabric Co-Op, a joint venture between Fabricker and Stitched Fabric Boutique (they moved in together, it’s like the best fabric roommates ever!). Susan gave me a great tip to reduce the overall length of the leggings by 10% if your fabric has vertical stretch as well.

The Changes: None! Followed all the steps straight through. I like that Cake tells you to add a little ribbon tag to tell you which is the front and back of the leggings. I added my own personalized tag.

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(I think this is Tree Pose or something…)

The Results: They fit REALLY WELL! No bagging anywhere, no wrinkles when I stand straight. And they’re super comfy. I’ve barely taken them off since I made ’em.

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I liked the way the pattern has you measure your crotch rise in front and back by sitting in a chair. You can also have the rise come up more in the back than the front if you want. I attempted to do that with a slightly lower rise in the front, lower than my belly button. When I first tried them on they came up to the right place but after wearing them I think the fabric stretched and now the front hits at my belly button which is fine but next time if I use a similar fabric I’ll adjust to make them lower. I don’t really love high waist leggings. I could always just cut the waist down but why bother. 😉

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I sewed the whole shebang with a zig zag stitch and hemmed the ankles. I think these leggings are going to get a lot of wear this winter under skirts and dresses, yay!

For realz, tho, don’t bother ever buying any other leggings pattern other than this one. None will ever fit you like these do and if you want to make some cool color blocked crazy leggings with style lines and cut outs, well, you can always just alter this one pattern piece to make it into whatever you want. I’m hooked. I’m officially a Cake convert.