Espresso Leggings

Yes, you have seen this picture before. And yes, my feet were freezing; my photographer was on a mission and I decided cold feet were preferable to old slippers

Yes, you have seen this picture before. And yes, my feet were freezing; my photographer was on a mission and I decided cold feet were preferable to old slippers

I quite like wearing leggings.  I wear them for cycling, for flights and when I want an extra layer of warmth under a dress.  I have several pairs from Sweaty Betty including some fleece lined ones for winter.  I also have a pair of Winser London Miracle leggings which are surprisingly flattering.  The Miracle fabric Winser uses is a thick Ponte made with a lot of viscose which is easy to care for and very comfortable ( I can also recommend the dresses made out of the same fabric).

As a fun quick project I thought I would try Cake Espresso Leggings.  These intrigued me because you essentially draft your own leggings using their dot to dot guide.

img_0758The whole project should be very easy and quick, however I was a bit perplexed by some of the drafting instructions  Do you add the seam allowances or are they already included? There seemed to be mixed views on this when I googled it. Also how do you go about measuring your front and back rise? I though I knew but as I ended up with  leggings which were too long on the front and too short on the back I think Cake may have used a different method.  Bizarrely the URL provided doesn’t work so there doesn’t seem to be anyway you can get assistance from Cake themselves.
After a quick trip to Fiona’s Fabrics I made up my first pair in black cotton jersey and the second in a mad black and grey rose print viscose.  I managed to get both to fit reasonably well after a bit of tweaking.  So my advice to anyone trying to make these – seam allowances do seem to be built into the pattern but allow a bit extra around the waist band so you can fiddle around with the rise.

Now I just need to find some decent viscose ponte……

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