Hi, I’m Darcie from Mimi’s Mom! It’s the second month of The Pattern Exam, and this month we’re checking out some of the leggings patterns out there. My girls LIVE in leggings, so this was an excellent chance to fill the shelves for one of them!
I picked my younger this time, she’s constantly in leggings of some sort! If it isn’t by themselves, it’s under her skirts. She’s a slight 6 year old with a 21″ waist and a 24″ hip. I chose to make size 5 in all styles for her, as this is what I would make usually when sewing for her. I wasn’t trying to get the perfect fit that will last right now and not in two months, as I would when fit testing for new styles.
The first I tried were the Dandelions N’ Dungarees free legging pattern available via their website. The pattern downloads as a zip of five files containing the tutorial as well as pattern pages to print for doll to tween. It also prints in layers, so you can choose to print only your size. Three length options are marked on the pattern;
I chose my model chose capris. These are an easy pant fit through the hips, but a nice slim leg. I used an upcycled tee for these and skipped the hemming step.
The tutorial on this is very clear and straightforward, with easy to understand diagrams and instructions. I liked the ease and simplicity of the pattern’s tutorial, as I haven’t made anything from this designer before. I could have gotten a more customized fit by following the given suggestion to try on and adjust the rise prior to applying the waistband. Overall, a great value at 20 sizes for free. The fit is nice, and the pattern is well thought out.
Second, I tried the free pattern from Ellie Inspired that’s available in the Facebook group. The pattern goes from 1-12, and has two pages of tips on sewing with knit and only needs two pages to get you through the entire garment construction. As we head into warm weather, a short length was requested. Only the full length is marked on the pattern. I printed only two pages total to make these!
This pattern is cut on the fold, which is different from any of the others I used in this review. While the downside of this is that the front and back are the same and therefore less well-fitting, the upside is that the front and back are the same. My kids have a tendency to get dressed backwards, and this prevents that! I like the quick simplicity of this tutorial, and the fit was good too. One note: the tutorial states a 1/4″ elastic was needed, but I found by searching the group that 3/4″ was intended. Others familiar with the pattern said they used 1/2″ or 1″, depending on what they had on hand.
The one paid pattern I used (and the only one I already owned) was the Jocole Ruffle Leggings. I don’t have a memory of previously making these for my daughters, but the adult ones were the first Jocole item I ever made. I would have needed to size down to 2T to get a snug fit on these based on waist. I stuck to my size 5 standard, as I have made her 4T in Jocole for the last year or so.
This pattern comes with tons of details and tips on sewing and a fully photographed tutorial, but also a quick text only version of the steps at the end. How to add ruffles to the leggings is also included, hence the name. I pretty much love all Jocole patterns, the patterns always go together well, the tutorial is always easy to understand. The prices are $12 for a bundle of NB-14 + doll, or $8 each NB-5t/6-14.
Lastly, I tried Love Notions Leggin’s These are a free pattern available on the site. They’re described as close fitting style, and they did turn out to be much more close fitting than the others. That makes them a great “wear under” legging, but some may not like them as much as a “wear as pants” legging. These also give a yoga band option for those that prefer a softer squeeze around the middle.
I took these just to the 3 length so that she’d have them for the weather now and because that was the length of her chosen fabric. This pattern has the layers feature, but I did not use it to print. This pattern is very well made, clean tutorial design, easy to read, and the pictures included are clear.
Well, that’s it for my turn again! I filled up a shelf a little fuller, and I found a couple new designers to try more patterns from. Most importantly, I had a good time trying out some new patterns. Now to print off a larger size and make some for the older girl… Now which pattern should I use..?