Heading Back to School in Ellie and Mac

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Now that we’re past Labor Day, almost everyone is headed back to school, and that means that students, teachers, administrators, school staff, and mamas everywhere will need to dress to impress, whether it be for the lunch line, running across campus, or the drop off line! Luckily, Ellie and Mac have you covered!

I decided on a transitioning-seasons look with the Ellie and Mac Women’s Halter Maxi Top/Dress Pattern (aff). Not only does this pattern come with a top and dress version, but it comes with SO many different options!! I chose to do a full maxi dress with the non-halter version because with the changing weather, I wanted to allow for the extra bit of coverage (and let’s face it: school time means bra time. Hahaha).

I sewed up the maxi with Mily Mae Fabrics’ faux snakeskin velvet for the bodice and sash, and I used Pretty Posh Prints’ (aff) double brushed poly for the skirt. Both are so decadent and comfortable, while still be so stylish.

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By changing up the fabrics, I made the Halter Maxi a little bit warmer in the bodice area, and added coverage with the maxi length to keep my legs warmer in the windy colder air that’s about to head our way! Popping on a cardi, and I am set into the winter months! Plus, you can dress this look up or down. With this unique and exotic velvet, I could turn this look into a date night look or a Homeroom Teacher look. It’s SO versatile and comfortable at the same time.

The best bits about Ellie and Mac patterns are their great sales and unbeatable prices for such cute and relevant looks! Right now, not only can you enter to win the giveaway during this blog tour, but the Women’s Halter Maxi Top/Dress Pattern (aff) is 25% off! Don’t wait! Your closet needs this look that can go from the hottest summer day to crisp fall mornings!

Visit all the bloggers on the Back To School Sewing Patterns Blog Tour Featuring Ellie and Mac and enter the giveaway to win a $50 store credit below!

  1. August 20th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. August 21st: Seams Sew Lo
  3. August 22nd: Momma Newey’s Makes
  4. August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
  5. August 24th: DIYDanielle
  6. August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
  7. August 28th: Tenille’s Thread
  8. August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
  9. August 30th: My Sewing Roots
  10. August 31st: SequioaLynn Sews
  11. September 1st: Mijn11jes&ik
  12. September 2nd: Crafty Curly Couture
  13. September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
  14. September 4th: Our Play Place
  15. September 5th: Fée bricolo
  16. September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)

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🎵Just Me and BSD Down by the Schoolyard🎵 (A Stop on the Bella Sunshine Designs’ Back to School Blog Tour)

38600522_10157689127553858_1283947071178539008_oIt’s August, and you know what that means: It’s time for a whole lot of people to head back to school. Whether you are sending your preschooler or high schooler or teaching the next generation, you can always look your best in stylish and comfortable looks from pdf patterns from Bella Sunshine Designs (aff).

Nearly my all of my family members are or were educators in the past, and this BTS season, I focused on them for inspiration as I made my BTS looks. I chose to sew up the Sansa Flare Pants, and to pair them up with a cute little peplum top, the Sahara top (also has a tunic And a dress option. What a steal! It’s like 3 patterns for the price of 1). I focused on a look that can go from high school student to faculty (or even a little, if you went with the girls’ versions of these patterns, which are totally available!!).

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As you can see, the Sahara and the Sansa Flares can be dressed up or down. I chose to use Stitchin’ Pretties’ Tie Dye Double Brushed Poly, and a gorgeous Rayon Spandex from Pretty Posh Prints (aff). You can use most knits, as long as they have the required stretch and recovery listed in the individual pattern. Friends of mine had used stretch denim to make their Sansa Flares, and I have used stretch velvet before. The sky is the limit for your wardrobe with these patterns!!

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The back of the Sahara dress is just as elegant and stylish as the front, and will be a great way to kick of a new school year’s wardrobe for your special student or faculty member!!
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And for this Back to School Blog Tour, Bella Sunshine Designs (aff) is having an amazing sale, beginning on August 6th and running until Sunday, the 12th at midnight Eastern!! All girls patterns will be $6; all ladies patterns will be $7; and all bundles will be $12. No coupon code will be needed. How GREAT is this SALE??? You definitely Don’t want to miss it!!

Also, you definitely don’t want to miss the other 2 stops on the Back to School Blog Tour for Bella Sunshine Designs today (or any of the others from this week-long tour)!! Make sure to visit Taish Bruton at http://www.bloomingskies.com for her Josephine Dress blog, and Nathalie Van den Bossche at http://nathaliesneedle.blogspot.be for her Sahara Dress blog!

🎵Vacation [Romper] All I Ever Wanted…Had to Get [It Right Away]🎵

What fun it has been not only testing for Ellie and Mac, but being able to join in on their amazing Get Ready for Summer Blog Tour!!

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I decided what says “getting ready for summer” like sewing up Ellie and Mac’s new Vacation Romper? It is SO comfortable and cute and screams summer vacation!!

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I made one change to the instruction on the pattern to be able to achieve my chevron effect from the striped double brushed poly from Mily Mae Fabrics that I chose to use: instead of following the instructions of cutting one Front and one Back piece on the fold, I cut 2 pieces on the bias to create one Front piece and the same for the Back piece. I added in 1/4″ seam allowance to the cut line area to be able to accommodate the new center seam for the newly constructed Front and Back pieces. Then, I had my matched up stripes, forming new chevron-eque patterns for my romper. After that, I followed the tutorial, and voila! A comfy and fun outfit for vacations, or any time.

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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to be in vertical “prison stripes” nor to have horizontal stripes, so this chevron saved my fabric and my vanity. Haha AND it was so comfy that when I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off, and I slept in it. It is Beyond comfortable and snuggly! Plus, as a higher bonus: I have the optional pockets sewn in!!!

It is a quick and easy sew, so if you don’t have this pattern, you should go and grab a copy at https://bit.ly/2rwazyz! And pick up 3-4 yards of delicious fabric at Mily Mae Fabrics!

Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.

  1. May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
  3. May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
  4. May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
  5. May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
  6. May 14th: Our Play Place
  7. May 15th: Momma Can Make It
  8. May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
  9. May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
  10. May 18th: Liviality
  11. May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
  12. May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
  13. May 22nd: Sewing Blue
  14. May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  15. May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
  16. May 25th: Jot Designs USA
  17. May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
  18. May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
  19. May 30th: Fee Bricolo
  20. May 31st: My Sewing Roots

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Guess What? It’s Gonna Be May (Blog Tour with PS&Co)

I loved being chosen to be a part of the It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO) along with such talent sewists!! This blog tour was sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics (Click here for Southern Belle Fabrics), who have not only the most AMAZING fabrics, but they have killer sales, so join their Facebook group today!! There is a GIVEAWAY towards the end of the post as well!!

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I started off this Blog Tour singing a little JT/NSync in my head, and then I had the HARDEST time deciding what to sew up. The Petite Stitchery and Company have SO many awesome offerings, that I was just so unsure how to narrow my choices down…. Sew, I decided to make a mini spring capsule from just 2 patterns: the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan. Being plus-sized, I LOVED that their size range goes from XS-3XL. I also LOVED the versatility in each of the patterns. I decided that I needed to make myself outfits that range from work to play, all while being super comfortable and sew fashionable.

I made the Fusion Leggings in Southern Belle’s Extreme Stretch Denim in black (https://bit.ly/2HYwwxX), and I also used their Leanne Floral in black (double brushed poly. https://bit.ly/2JlaF3p) for my business casual Runway Raglan look.
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I used Southern Belle’s faux lace to make this Runway Raglan and teal DBP for an accent color, making this my go-to 3/4 sleeve top for running errands, being comfy at home, or even running out for quick date night. I LOVE multipurpose patterns and clothes!! The Women’s Runway Raglan comes in 4 sleeve lengths and 3 bodice lengths. It’s Amazing!

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And what’s life without a little whimsy?? I sewed up a variation of the Runway Raglan with a custom panel, and I paired it with the Fusion Leggings in the Extreme Stretch Denim to highlight this pair’s versatility. I am ready for my next movie break, shopping, or to sit down and mend a few socks in my gorgeous new outfit.

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As you can see, with just a few yards of fabric, you, too could have many different outfit combinations if you run and get a copy of a pdf pattern or 2 like I did with the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan from Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO)

AND…There’s a GIVEAWAY!!! Please enter to win a $50 shop credit at Souther Belle Fabrics by clicking the link below
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c04b4e2f1/

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the  It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company, sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics!
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April 22nd:

Sewjourns

Kathy’s Kwilts

Naadjesendraadjes

Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:

Liviality

Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi

In the Boardwalk, We’ll Be Having Some Fun…

Testing for Little Kiwis Closet (https://goo.gl/EFuiNZ) for the first time was fun and exciting. They allowed me to test their Women’s Boardwalk Dress (https://goo.gl/nNaKUs), which comes in sizes XS-5XL. It is an adorable pdf dress pattern from a talented Kiwi (New Zealander) designer that comes with 19 options….that was Not a typo…19 options!! For the bodice front, you can choose from a princess paneled front, a plain front, or a cap sleeve. For the back of the bodice, you can choose plain, low, racer, or open back. For the skirt, you are given the options of paneled, 1/2 circle, 3/4 circle, full circle, or hi-low skirt with or without lining, circle waist, or gathered waist, mini, knee, maxi, or curved skirt. Talk about more bang for your buck!!

I chose to make 2 versions of the dress. My first sew was of a paneled front bodice, which a plain back and a 1/2 circle skirt in double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT).

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I loved the movement of this dress. Pockets would have been lovely, but with the construction of a 1/2 circle skirt, pockets are not easily made possible (with the paneled skirt, it’s a whole different story!). The bodice fit incredibly well without me having to do any alterations on my 1XL dress pattern.

My second dress was a plain front, racer back, and maxi skirt option. This time, I used double brushed poly from Seweird.com.

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It is one of the most comfortable maxi dresses that I have ever made. even the “plain front” was a great fit, as was the overall size of the racer back. If I make another, I will widen the intersection point of the racer back by an inch. It did not allow a racer-back undergarment to be worn and not be seen with these dimensions in the size 1X, but that is a super easy fix.

I love these looks, just in time for the beautiful spring days, as well as the dog days of summer down south!

I recommend getting this amazing pattern by Little Kiwis Closet!! With 19 options, the fashion possibilities are ENDLESS!! (Well, actually, it’s 1.22 x 10^17, but who’s counting?!?!? Hahahaha). There is one side note: with 19 options, it is an 80+ page pattern…you need to make sure that you read the tutorial first and jot down the pages that you need to print.  The skirt pages might be a little overwhelming-looking, but they are well-marked, and soon, you will see Just how easy it is to assemble and cut it.  (Buy it!! You won’t regret it the next time that you need to whip up a dress!! https://goo.gl/U1SVfT)

PS&Co’s Maya Skirt Has Me Sacrificing My Favorite Fabric For Fabulousness

Petite Stitchery and Company (goo.gl/4e4EWj) has done it again! They have released 3 new and amazing pdf patterns to their catalog, and I just Had to sew up their boho-inspired gathered Maya Skirt! Not only is this pattern available in size XS-3XL, but it also goes SO well with so many tops (including their new Juliet top/bodysuit)!

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The Maya Skirt comes in 3 different options for length: Mini, knee, and maxi. There are 2 waistband options: a flat waistband or a gathered waistband for more comfort and drama, and the placement of the seams can be changed up, too. Even better: The Maya Skirt has POCKETS!!! I love pockets so much!

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So, do yourself a solid and get this pdf pattern now! It even comes with a paperless option to save trees! (The dimensions are given in the tutorial for you to be able to construct this pattern without printing out the pattern first).

The only challenges that I faced with this pattern (if you can call them that) are that I had to go a size smaller after my muslin/toile was too large on me. But, I was sewing up the Maya in double brushed poly (DBP, my fave), which changes negative ease to every project. I used Knitpop Fabrics (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT) in both of my looks, and they feel SO divine!!! I could Sleep in these skirts! I added clear elastic to the waistbands to allow for the stretch and the gathered skirt to cling to the waistband, but that’s the only change that I made for my third Maya skirt. The pattern is easy and clear to understand and follow, and I have some Very comfortable and beautiful skirts to add to my closet in a Very short amount of time!

My New Whataburger Jeans

When I started sewing up my Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull on Jeans (https://goo.gl/3dNThz), I loved how well the pdf pattern taped together, and the lines that were painstakingly and professionally drafted from the very talented designer of Itch To Stitch design house.

These jeans were unlike any other pull on pant or jean that I had ever made or even tried on (RTW). They were like a yoga pant had a baby with a pair of your favorite jeans. Everything stayed in place so nicely and these looked like any pair of jeans that you would find in any high-end department store. They didn’t have a scrunchy elastic waistband. Instead, it’s a smooth extension of the pants that curves up and is tall and flat against the body, much as a yoga pants waistband.

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It was during one of the steps that the pattern called for back pocket designs topstitched into the pockets. Since my embroidery machine is in a different city from where I am now, I painstaking drew what I thought would be a classy and Wonder Woman inspired pocket design. I finished them, and was proud of my work….and I attached them to the pants. I then wore them for the day, and when my family came home, my sister said, “Nice Whataburger pants!” I hadn’t realized that I had subliminally sewed up the logo of my favorite burger place in the pocket designs that you will see below. I will attach a screenshot of the Whataburger.com logo.

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So, my new favorite jeans have teamed up with my favorite fast food burger place to bring my a laugh every time that I put them on.
But seriously, if you are in a place with a Whataburger, try them! They are SO much better than the other burger drive-thrus.
And above all, you NEEEEEED Itch To Stitch’s (https://goo.gl/Gq38mw) newest addition: The Mountain View Pull-On Jeans pattern, available in Sizes 0-22.
I used Sly Fox Fabrics’ (https://slyfoxfabrics.com, and they are offering a 25% off special for your first order!!) Stretch Denim to make these AMAZING Whataburger pants

#ITS #Whataburger #MtViewPullOnJeans #JeansPattern #NewFave
#SFF #SlyFoxFabrics

BSD’s Clementine Is As Sweet As Its Name

Bella Sunshine Designs (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh) has done it again! Their Clementine Dress pdf pattern for ladies is as sweet and beautiful as its name.
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The Clementine is top, dress, and a color-blocked maxi pdf pattern all in one! There is even a matching girls’ version available in a bundle for purchase at Bella Sunshine Design’s site (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh).  The versatility and fit of this pattern is amazing, and I enjoyed sewing up my size 12 maxi with an FBA (which is already an included option in your pattern!!). This was super flattering to my plus-sized body ( It was an amazingly easy sew. I chose to do a color-blocked maxi in black ITY and alternating bands of velvet burnout fabric (that I picked up from https://milymaefabricshop.com).

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With this one pattern, you can make yourself beautifully fitting tops for summer, as well as beautiful dresses and color-blocked maxis. Make sure that you do check the tutorial for sizing information, as I usually wear anywhere from a 16-20 ready to wear, and I wore a 12 with an FBA because of the ease built into this patten. This pattern in available in sizes 0-30, and comes with an A0 print shop file, as well.  It is layered in the letter an A4 paper sizes formatting for home printing as well.

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And don’t forget! The site-wide sale is going on at BSD patterns (not including new releases), which takes 30% off until March 11th, 2018!!

Pick up your copy while the introductory specials are still going on!! Also, join the Bella Sunshine Design Facebook Group to get the current coupon codes for the Clementine, and to learn about all of their specials, promotions, new releases, and to share your pics of your latest BSD creation!!

#BSD #BSDClementine #bellasunshinedesigns #milymaemade #milymaeallday

Elle est très belle!!

Sinclair Patterns has done it again! This time, I was lucky enough to be selected to test their newest pdf pattern release: the Elle Panel Pencil Skirt.  This exquisite feminine skirt flatters curves and entices the eyes with its ability to use panels and color blocking to compliment its wearer’s assets. It comes in a range of sizes from 0-22, but might soon be available in sizes up to 5X (if rumor from the designer becomes reality).  The pdf pattern comes with each size available in a multi-sized and layered pattern, organized into the dimensions of petite (for 5’1″-5’3″), regular (for 5’4″-5’6″), and tall (for 5’7″-5’9″).  This pattern is meant for either a knit fabric as a pull-on skirt, or woven fabric with an invisible zipper.

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I tested a size 16, using both a stable knit and a woven fabric, in that I used a flocked scuba fabric from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://milymaefabricshop.com) with side panels in faux leather. I made sure to make my waistband out of the scuba, to provide the stretch needed to get the skirt over my hips. I LOVE the ingenious built-in kick pleat in the back of the skirt. It was so easy, yet adds that additional touch of fashion and sophistication.  As usual, I LOVED the way that the Sinclair Patterns pattern came together to form the garment that I made. It was quick, easy to sew, and so easy to understand.

You can make your own gorgeous Elle Panel Pencil Skirt by visiting https://goo.gl/16HQJt to get your copy of the pdf pattern while it is still on sale for the low introductory price of just $8.99, a couple of yards of your favorite fabrics, and voilà! A masterpiece to be stylish and comfortable in!

Make sure that you join Sinclair Patterns’ Facebook group to stay current on all of the new patterns headed your way, as well as all of the latest sales and coupons! Also, sign up for the newsletter on the Sinclair Patterns website, and all of that information will be delivered straight to your inbox! (Hint: there may or many not be a 40% off coupon for 1 pattern of your choice through this weekend…Sign up today at https://goo.gl/S7LKWK)

 

OMP! Sinclair Patterns’ Penny Classic Leggings are pure perfection!

This week, I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sinclair Patterns (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK): the Penny Classic Leggings pattern. It is a pattern for either cropped/below-the-knee (capri) length or full-length leggings. The waistband is available either in a classic waistband or a comfort (wide/yoga) waistband. As with most of Sinclair Pattern’s offerings, this pattern comes in 3 size categories: petite (5’1″-5’3″), regular (5’4″-5’6″), and tall (5’7″-5’9″), in US sizes 0-22. The Australian-based pattern company hints at an expanded range of plus-sized offerings in the near future, which is an exciting possibility!

As usual with Sinclair Patterns, the fit was spot on for my body shape and size. It is an instant classic for me! I actually cut and sewed up both length options for the leggings (cropped and full length). I stuck with the classic waistband, as I am not a fan of the comfort waistband style, and there were so many others who were in the testing group.


These leggings are better than any others on the market that I have tried so far. I am a plus-sized woman, and my size 16 (in Sinclair Pattern’s sizing) fit without any need to try to adjust the seat, rise, or length. I didn’t even have to grade my pattern for the perfect fit, as I was pretty spot on with the dimensions for my size. I didn’t even have a problem with the legs turning on my calves, as some patterns require you to adjust and make sure that your front and back are cut out at a perfect 180* from each other.  This wasn’t necessary on the Penny, as the legs are cut out as a whole, which is AMAZING.  As many of you who have tried to make leggings before know, these are common issues, and sources of hours of tailoring that must be done to muslins/toiles/trial runs on cheaper fabric. With the Penny, I, personally, could have cut straight into my $16/yard athletic knit fabric with no looking back (but I took the cautious route, just in case, and did a muslin pair out of plain DBP. hahaha). I loved that I didn’t need to spend 3 hours tailoring them to my seat, to avoid the pitfalls of too much or too little fabric in delicate areas. THANK YOU, SINCLAIR PATTERNS!!! These are Pure Perfection!!

I chose to do the full leggings in double brushed polyester (DBP) from Southern Belle Fabrics (https://goo.gl/c5Uw6F) and the cropped length in a gorgeous athletic knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/mmpKpu), which made the best workout capris that I have ever owned.

The pattern suggests using your hips measurement to establish you size, but that grading might be needed for your waist, knees, and legs to get the fit that you are looking for. I went with the hip measurement which was 1/2″ below my actual measurement, assuming correctly that the negative ease found in the stretch amounts of my fabric choices would offset the difference in pattern size, when compared with my actual measurements.

The pattern calls for 1-1.25 yards of fabric for the cropped length, and 1.50-1.75 yards for the full length version. Both DBP and athletic knit/supplex worked beautifully and rivaled any off-the-rack activewear. Cotton lycra or any mid-weight fabric with 50% stretch that has good recovery would be lovely to make into your own personalized pair of perfect leggings, too. If one was wanting a higher rise in the leggings, the comfort waistband offers a slightly higher rise than the classic waistband does.

These were an incredibly easy sew, and you could be done with your leggings in under an hour, especially if you had the pattern already cut (as I had with my second pair). It is rated as 2/10 in difficulty, placing it firmly in the “easy” category.
The pattern comes with  Letter, A4, and A0 version files, meeting almost any printing need.

I did not have to trim off any excess fabric from the bottom, which was a first for me, when leggings are concerned, which was a pleasant surprise.

Don’t wait to pick up your copy today! There is an introductory sale on this pattern, making it only $6.99 now through February 28, 2018 at (https://goo.gl/S7LKWK).