This is my first foray into sportswear, and although I had intended on sewing these for Sew My Style 2019 (January), I was really nervous about starting! One night, needing to sew something/anything, it just felt right and so I finally took the plunge.
You may have already worked it out, but these are the Avery Leggings by Helen’s Closet. (Let me say here that although everything I make at the moment appears to be from Helen’s Closet, it’s not deliberate. It really is just because everything is doing a very good job of attracting me in! Helen’s patterns are modern, interesting, and just really suit my aesthetic.)
Possibly the most popular legging pattern on the internet, I was attracted to them because of the high waist of View B, the high praise they receive from across the blogosphere, and the fact that they’re an easy sew. I did want these for yoga, so the high waist is preferable, and apparently the gusset will bring new joy to my legging-wearing life.
Measurements put me between a size Medium and Large, with 77cm waist (large) and 96cm hips (medium). I dithered about sizing, but decided to print both sizes and grade between them. With leggings, you don’t really want loose fabric hanging about anywhere 😉
The fabric is a recommended fabric from Minerva Crafts. I went for simple grey (sadly now out of stock) as I figured they would be really handy to wear as day-to-day leggings if they didn’t work out for yoga. There was a real variety of colours in this same fabric, and it doesn’t break the bank (currently online as £11.99 per metre and I bought only a single metre.).
Cutting out was simple, and I was happily surprised at how few pattern pieces there were!! Holding the pattern against me showed that View B was definitely not going to be long enough. The legs looked like a neat View A against me, so I lengthened the leg by 5 inches.
Lack of fabric meant I then had to shorten the (lengthened) legs by 4cm. Despite this to-ing and fro-ing the length has worked out fine, so it’s all good.
The sewing process was super easy. I made this in two evenings after work with no stress. I made the elastic slightly too tight, but at least the leggings aren’t going anywhere…
I am still slightly nervous that the stitches aren’t going to hold up, but the fabric is really soft and strong. The leggings have been worn to yoga class and tested well, I may have spent the session worrying that they were going to rip apart at any moment, but they didn’t! Phew 🙂 (This post would probably be a very different type of post if they had!)
The only thing to change for next time, is that I think the high waist is just too high for me. I am tall (5’11”), but despite this, the waist is about 2 centimetres above my natural waist. Something to bear in mind for future, but right now I find these extremely comfortable. They do their job (yoga), fit well – the grading has turned out perfectly, and have opened a whole new door of garment sewing for me. All very exciting!
PS. The day I took these photos was really cold… please excuse the less than perfect images 😉
Now, no excuses… it’s time to make my coat!!