Testing the new Frances leggings pattern.

It was a few weeks ago that I launched my latest sewing pattern. Frances is a classic snug fitting kids leggings pattern. As usual I asked my trusty team of pattern testers to try out the pattern and let me know their verdict before going live with the pattern.

I wanted to add a leggings pattern to the Bobbins and Buttons collection of patterns because leggings are such an integral part of a child’s wardrobe. With an abundance of plain and printed cotton/elastane jersey fabrics widely available, we are spoilt for choice in what to make them in. I deliberately designed the style to be snug fitting because the age range of the pattern runs from 3 months to 12 years.  I felt a classic snug fit catered for this whole age range. For baby girls these leggings are an ideal style to team up with cute dresses like the Lillia Rae dress. For older girls they might like to wear these leggings with a Mary dress. Not forgetting boys who look super cool especially as toddlers wearing leggings!

These leggings are designed to be made in jersey with a 60% stretch. The stretch is quite important for a good and comfortable fit. If this is something you have not come across before I wrote a post about finding the percentage of stretch .

All the testers made great versions of the pattern and as always gave me very useful feedback.

Debbie’s young model is officially a hero, he has willingly posed in all the dress styles from previous tests to help her out. This time he was very happy to actually be the recipient! A pyjama version. This idea hadn’t even crossed my mind but I love it. Almost as much as I love his brilliantly enthusiastic poses 🙂

And his care to show all angles of the leggings!!

A future model in the making for sure!

Karen’s model is looking very cool in her matching outfit.

Karen commented that this was the best fitting child’s legging pattern she had used.

Shelia’s young model looks like she is wearing the perfect fit.

Easy every day wear what ever the activity.

Emma had a few problems with measuring this wriggly wee one. However the end result looks pretty good to me. The elastic is feed into a channel around the waist rather than being stitched down so if the fit isn’t quite right at the waist they can be altered without to much unpicking!!

Abi made not one but two pairs. Perfectly illustrating plain and patterned. Whether you are looking for a complimenting legging to go with a dress or top or simply an easy useful make that gives you more practice on your overlocker these leggings are an ideal solution. That said you don’t have to have an overlocker to make them, they can be made on a regular sewing machine. All details are included with the pattern.

If you do make some Frances leggings and want to share on social media please use #releaseyourhandmade so that we can find you. I would love to hear how get on with the pattern so feel free to email me with your thoughts and comments.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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