Hello again! Long time no see, fret not Dear Reader I have NOT fallen off my “no-buy clothes” wagon. I merely dropped my camera, which broke miserably. I focused my efforts on researching and buying a new one, and a tripod, and a remote shutter control. Also I continued to be fixated on sewing indie patterns. I zoomed my attention on Espresso leggings, by Cake. Cake is a brand that has tons of fans, but I could not bring myself to purchasing any of their patterns for dresses, skirts, or blouses, even though they are flirty and fun. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… After reading many enthusiastic reviews from various bloggers about the genius that the Espresso is, I downloaded my pattern, and all sort of craziness started… You see, this is not really a pattern, you draft your own pattern on this special grid, using instructions and your own measurements, so you’re supposed to end up with a pair of leggings designed to fit your unique body.
EFFORT #1 (let’s call it a muslin…)
The fabric was destined to be a maxi dress back in the day when I was learning to sew. I was planning to make the dress during a 6 week “Working with Knits” course at a local sewing studio. Sadly, that course was the worst way to spend about $300, the course was so bad that it almost killed my will to sew. Anyhoo, 2 years later I pulled out whatever remained out of that sad pile of ruined fabric, and made the first draft of the Espresso leggings. Please restrain your laughter…
Ridiculously, this is my favourite pair of Espressos I’ve made so far! I love how the print enhances my, ehem, curves, and how it sort of mimics the look of muscle fibres. I feel very strong in those pants (and a little like a Cirque du Soleil performer), although I know that they are faaaaaaaaaaaar from being flattering. Meh, move on to next versions!
EFFORT #2 and 3
The boring basics, one slim ankle, the other one with a bit of a flare. I just wanted a bit of a variation in the look, something I could wear over a short boot in the winter. Soooooooooooooo boooooooriiiiiiing!
By now, I should know that one should not do a knit pattern in woven fabric without accounting for the lack of stretch. Not even if the knit has some stretch in it. Or go ahead and do it, but just don’t expect to be able to sit down or move in it or something… Because one might have to do something crazy like cut open the sides and insert strips of a heavy knit, so one can actually move.
Last but not least, but definitely the worst:
Blue-green stretch velour. Why? I don’t know why, I had it in my stash, I did not know if I ever make anything out of it, and it seemed appropriate. Somehow, these are the worst fit, loose behind knees, loose around the ankles, I don’t know why:
So there, now you know how not to make Espressos! But I have to admit, I wear them all a lot! I even wear the Version 4 and 3 (with the flared ankle) as pants (GASP), even though I generally don’t regard leggings as pants. And even though it might seem like I made 5 versions all of which were failures for various reasons, I felt like it was a fun exercise in sewing. Perfect for those times that you can’t commit to sewing a more involved project, and need a quick make just for a pick-me up.
So did you like my pictures taken with the new camera? Do you like my “art staircase”, courtesy of my monkey? Till next time!