This is the first month that I take part in The Pattern Exam reviews, and hope to be back for more fun reviews!
For the leggings review this month I sewed up 5 pairs of leggings. In each case I measured my little model and chose the size corresponding to the charts. I made no modifications to the patterns or any alterations to the finished garment after having Amelia try it on. I wanted to show how the initial fit of the garment was on Amelia and it would be only fair if I shared her measurements with you (height 42 inches, waist 20 inches, hips 22 inches, inseam 17.5 inches). So that you don’t think I’m playing favorites I’m going to present each pattern I used in alphabetical order. You be able to see a more personal review of some of these patterns on my blog in a few weeks. You can get the full check list of all the legging patterns reviewed here.
This free pattern from Ellie Inspired can be downloaded in their facebook group. Its a very basic pattern, only full length is offered, but its so very easy to cut them to capri length or short length. There’s two pages of good basic tips in the tutorial for sewing knits and the actual assembly for these leggings is quick and simple. The pattern piece is “cut 2 on fold” which means that the front and back are identical, and this made the front a little high. The fit was a little big for a size 4, but Amelia was happy with the length and the color of this pair.
Sizes on this pattern range from 1 to 12 years.
Go To Leggings
I made the capri length, basic style leggings from Go To Patterns, but there are several options available for this pattern. The instructions are minimal in the tutorial for the added options and there’s a mix of tech drawings and photographs. There are also some useful tips for sewing knits. The length of the capri hits a few inches below the knee which for me is a good summer time length.
The fit was a bit big around the waist but everything else was a nice slim fit. Again I made a size 4 based on measurements. The size range on this pattern is 12 months to 12 years. One of the options I’m looking forward on trying on this pattern is the Peek-a-Boo Bow, just so girly without being overly frilly.
Jennuine Design, Dressage Leggings
The Dressage Leggings by Jennuine Design have an orignal variation to them that mimic the look of riding pants. I decided to just make the basic style leggings. The fit is slim and the rise is a little low. Instructions are accompanied by tech drawings and there is a lot of detail involved with the variation. The basic style did come together very quickly.
These leggings have a waistband piece for added detail. There’s a huge range in sizes (NB to 12 years) in this pattern, and there are useful tips and tricks for sewing with knits along with a glossary of sewing terms.
This pattern is available for free download on the Love Notions website. Only one length option is available, but two waistband options are available, regular elastic waist and the yoga waistband. Again so easy to shorten them to capri or short length.
One of the fun features on this pattern is the layered printing option, meaning you can print only the sizes you want/need. Sizes range from 2T to 14 years. Photographs are used along with the step-by-step instructions in this tutorial, and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
I decided on the yoga waistband for this pair. The fit at the waist was spot on for a size 4 and the fit is slim. A slight adjustment due to body type (ie toddler tummy) will need to be made on these by taking in the front seam by about 1/4″ and this will fix the pucking we see at the front. Other than that I don’t see anyothe adjustments I’d make to have a perfect fit.
Peek-a-Boo, Lollipop Leggings
This pattern has a bunch of fun options, and again I went with basic. These will be great under tunics and skirts this summer. Some of the variations included in this pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop is added ruffles, different lengths, decorative button plakets, and an over skirt. The only cut out pattern piece is for the acutal leggings and the options are pieces that need to be measured out and cut.
The capri length which I made here are just a couple of inches below the knee. I think its a very flattering length. Sizes range form 3 months to 12 years, and the 18″ doll size is also included in the pattern. Photographs are included with the easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
I find that the rise is just right on Amelia, but adjustments will have to be made for the font of these again due to body type. FYI I did put these on Julia also a size 4 but doesn’t have the toddler tummy and there was no bunching at the front. Julia does have a different shape than her little sister so the fit is a little different on her.
I hope I was able to shed some light into what leggings pattern would work best for you. Don’t forget to check out the other legging patterns reviewed by this moth, in all 10 patterns were reviewed.