I’ve been so good at sewing items from my sewing queue lately! (Not so good about blogging them…whoops). On my list of fall garments to sew was a pair of ponte/interlock leggings. I decided to try the well-received Sandra Betzina pattern from the fall 2014 Vogue release in View B.
I actually followed the detailed instructions and make a muslin. There is information on how to adjust some fit issues and they provide a single pattern piece for the front of the legging (or pant) so you don’t have to do all those crazy seams just for a muslin.
Unlike Jess (and I think most people), I like to wear my leggings really high. Or I should say, I like the waistband to fall at my natural waist. I find it to be more comfortable and the pants don’t fall down. Above you can see where the muslin ended and I’m pointing to where I would have liked the top of my leggings to hit.
On a slight sidenote, I haven’t made many pair of pants, but I think the length between my navel and crotch is disproportional (and longer) than the rest of my body. During college, my hockey team teased me because my belly button was ‘too high’ relative to the rest of my torso. Basically it falls in the middle of my torso instead of near the bottom, which is where it is for most people. At the time I just thought this was a weird body phenomenon, but now that I sew I can over-analyze it!
Based on my muslin, I added 1″ to the rise above the crotch and 1″ to the length below the knee. And I think they turned out pretty nice!There is some pooling around the knees which moves from the front to the back depending on whether my knees are bent. It irritates me a little but I suppose these pants are suppose to be tapered and not necessarily skin-tight leggings.
And most importantly, the waistband is just where I wanted it! I wore these pants today and the waistband elastic rolled at times, so I’ll need to go back and sew it down at the side seams and possible in the front and back to keep it from moving in the future.
They’re a little shorter than I’d like so I haven’t hemmed them yet. Not sure if I’m going to either. The fabric I used is a really nice smooth and soft Ralph Lauren interlock from Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA. I bought it with the intention of using the opposite side than shown here, which is a deep navy. But when I pulled out the fabric to make these pants I realized that this fabric had two right sides and the heathered side might be perfect and replicate a denim look. So I ran with it and used taupe topstitching to continue the denim-look…although the topstitching color is barely noticeable. This pattern only uses 1 yard of fabric, so I’m happy I still have a bunch leftover!
So I really like these pants. They’re comfortable and fit well, but I don’t know how to wear them. One thing which Jess and I DO agree on is that leggings are not pants. But I’m inclined to think these are more pant-like than legging-ish. I’ll typically wear leggings under a tunic-length top with boots, but it’s such a shame to wear boots over all those seam lines, not to mention distracting. But I also don’t feel comfortable wearing these pants like I would wear a pair of jeans with just any top. Although they are worn as pants in the envelope photo (although we all know to take those pictures with a grain of salt :)
This is how I wore them today, which kinda maybe works. I think I need some more loose long drapey blouses to wear over these pants. In the meantime, I’ll continue to wear them around the house and on weekend errand runs.