As promised I gave Ashley’s leggings a try on www.makeit-loveit.com . First I have to say that I LOVE this project, they really are easy! Thanks for not leading us astray Ashley! Being a complete novice in the sewing department I did run into a few snags so I made some notes that might help those of you in the same boat.
Sewing Knit Fabric
Knits are tough to work with and my sewing machine needle (twin needle which I agree with Ashley is the bomb!) would jam the fabric all up in the machine. Two things helped this, first I slowed down the speed to the lowest setting. Secondly, I used tissue paper under the fabric. I got this tip from my own mom and it works great. Once I worked this out I was off to the races!
My first pair was cute but the thread didn’t have much give which was a problem, especially in the waist. I ordered some ‘Wooly Nylon’ and used this in my bobbin. That stuff is great!! Stretchy stretchy and easy to sew with, buy some…seriously it is worth it!
Cute Knit Fabric
As always, I wanted these to be as cute as possible and my local fabric store let me down big time in their selection of knit fabrics. I decided to order online and found that www.fabric.com had a pretty good selection. The ‘Laguna’ fabric was great quality…thick and easy to sew with just the right amount of stretch.
I also failed to get the stripes to line up, I actually just forgot to pay attention to that but next time I will try to get it right. These would be adorable with little buttons near the ankle or up by the waist. It’s a project worth trying!!