I have gradually become a fan of leggings. At first, I was happy with black and brown ones. Then I added a couple of patterned ones. Of course, the fabric store had some gorgeous knits that were crying out to be leggings. I wanted quick and easy sewing patterns. I subscribe to Ottobre design so of course, I looked there first.
Quick and Easy Sewing Patterns from Ottobre Design Woman
Sure enough, there was a nice leggings pattern. They are “high waisted” sitting at the natural waist, with elastic.
Ottobre Design is a pattern subscription magazine from Finland. Every 6 months there is an issue with 20 or so patterns. There is a children’s magazine and the woman magazine. It costs 19 Euros. I believe I have made something from every issue and some, like Autumn Winter 5/2016 , have many garments I have made several times (see Toronto Travel Wardrobe). I find they are well worth the money. Ottobre Subscription
The Ottobre patterns can be a bit daunting for novice sewers because they don’t walk you through them step by step. Many of their patterns are so simple that if you can thread a sewing machine you can make these with the instructions they come with.
I adjusted the crotch curve – scooped it out a bit to accommodate my round backside. I also used 40mm elastic from Fabricana. The pattern calls for 30mm, but I like the wider elastic as it sits nicely on my waist. The ankle is looser than your commercial leggings. It is an easy fix if you want it snugger.
These are easy and go together well. A bonus was the boho fabric combined with a Burda tunic I made a long, long time ago for a nice ensemble. I never really loved that top but now its awesome with the leggings. The second pair is a burnout purple velvet. Saucy!
Jeggings – Quick and Easy Sewing Patterns from Ottobre Design Woman
– I decided to have a go at some jeggings. Ottobre had such a pattern with an elastic waist, back pockets and a ticket pocket in the front (Lampi Jeggings in 5/2014). I picked up an overdyed stretch denim from Fabricana. I washed the fabric twice to reduce the dye rub off (it still rubs off a bit). The pattern was very easy except for the mock pockets on the front which were not well explained. I scooped out the back crotch curve. Next time I will scoop the front curve, lengthen the back crotch depth and shorten the front rise a tad. I would also make them slightly smaller if I used the same type of denim as the denim relaxes a bit with body heat.
I did a little embroidery on one back pocket. I think these could be better with those slight adjustments. They are very comfortable – far more comfortable than my bought pair.
I wanted to add something fresh to my cold weather wardrobe. Interesting tunics are hard to find as they are often just long t-shirts. There was one with exposed seams in the Ottobre magazine 5/2016 that I had been admiring.
When I was unpacking my fabric from the move, I found a piece of red cotton knit – fine sweater rather than jersey. I can’t remember buying it. It was only a yard. I thought it would work well for the Ottobre tunic pattern, but I needed to find something for the sleeves. More unpacking … I found a large scrap from a cardigan I made ages ago. It’s a soft, taupey gray. There was just enough for sleeves. I am delighted with this tunic, particularly as it was using all fabric from my stash. I added a little embroidery.
This was an easy pattern. It needs a serger or an overlocking stitch to do the exposed seams and hems. It goes together very fast. So I did it again.
This one was a much softer knit and you can see the difference. Super cute with these store-bought purple leggings.
Novices could sew these patterns. Ottobre’s construction instructions do assume some sewing knowledge but these are easy enough that you don’t need a lot.
It didn’t take long to add some comfortable unique style to my cool weather wardrobe.