Oh Fancy!10:35 pm
What did I think?
Making a size 4T and a size 12 months leggings for the kids took me approximately 40 minutes from cutting to sewing the tags in the back (Vincent is a big fan of having his 'age' in the back of his clothes). I had two t-shirts I had already hacked up and used them as the butt panels. The scraps of the Superman tee became the waistband and ankle cuffs on Vincent's leggings.
|Outta my way, Bro!|
Edison's leggings are made from a lovely soft stretch fabric I bought from the op-shop many many many moons ago. There is still a little bit left, but you may have seen this fabric in such projects as the Toxic Waist mini skirts and Vincent's strongman singlet.
The pattern runs pretty true to size, Eddie is not quite in size 12month clothes yet (she is chunky but she is also short) and Vincent is usually a bit too skinny for size 4 clothing. I love how straightforward and easy it the pattern is to read and to stitch up! Each size was marked clearly on the pattern, and it wasn't a paper eater (you know when you open a pdf pattern and there's like, 10 bajillion pages to print and you're all like:
well it wasn't like that!). The pattern comes in sizes newborn to 4T (and Laura is working on a 5-10y pattern also). You can do contrast butt panels or just make them from the same fabric, but I discovered that this pattern is AWESOME for using up scraps of fabrics. I have definitely found a use for the giant pile of t-shirts I keep hoarding to 'refashion one day'. FANCY PANTS ALL THE SHIRTS!
There is no elastic necessary, and these look like the comfiest pants ever. Both kids slept in them the night that I made them and Vincent has practically lived in his the past three days. I'm excited to try and find a little time to make some more, so watch this space!
If you check out the reviews tab on the Fancy Pants page, you can check out other people's versions of them and can I just say: WOW? Overall, I loved this pattern for its simplicity, and its uniqueness. It's not just another leggings pattern, and its a nice satisfying quick sew!
I didn't manage to get a nice clear shot of Edison's leggings from the front, but I do have this snap of Vincent last night. He had put his Fancy Pants leggings back on, then rummaged through his drawers until he found the Beachy Boatneck tee. He critiqued himself in the mirror then looked at me very seriously, "Mum. Do you really think I actually look like a superhero?"
Yeh kid. You're always going to be my hero