Monday, January 5, 2015

Colette's Seamwork Magazine Manila Leggings #3004: Scuba Knit Craziness





I subscribed yesterday to Colette Pattern's digital sewing magazine Seamwork.  It completely fell off my radar the second it was released but was just reminded that it existed via Twitter.  The magazine itself is actually free but to get the patterns you need to subscribe at $6/month.  I browsed through and was really excited to see the high quality of her new magazine with a sharp looking layout and design that follows their usual aesthetic.  The content is actually really terrific with sewing articles with well thought out and useful info.  I subscribed and printed up the Manila leggings ASAP.




The last time I sewed a Colette Pattern was in 2012.  I really like her designs but they are not practical for me at all... I don't need more of her cute dresses right now.  But these leggings are wildly practical for me.  No, these are NOT running tights!!!  I think I would start a fire with my healthy sized thighs rubbing together with the heavyweight polyester/spandex scuba knit here if I ran in them.  It's a beefy double knit that's pretty warm.  I don't wear leggings as regular pants in public-- these are for around the house or maybe putting my big, warm, long (read: butt covering) winter coat over to go play in the snow.  You can see the rise is nice and high, all the rear side is covered and sits on my natural waist.


These took me a whopping 40 minutes to sew, even with having to pick out a serged leg seam and re-sewing it (I sewed the wrong seams together, no big woop.)  The special thing here in the design are the "petal" cuffs.  Adorable!  You can flip them up for a short pants look.  And P.S. Don't look too close at my petals... I may have overlapped one of them towards the wrong direction. I'm not here to win the blue ribbon at the state fair.


 I cut a size Large waist and graded up a half size for the hip and below.  I also added 1" (2.5 cm) to the length of the leg since I'm a little taller at 5'8" (1.73 m).  My rear end sits lower then most folks so I did one of my usual alterations of scooping out some of the back leg pattern piece-- you can see that below.





I can't speak for the directions, I didn't need them.  The illustrations are stellar.  Her directions are always great if I remember correctly.  I did look at the directions to see how the waist band/elastic attaches since it's a little different then what I usually do-- those were clear and concise. The waist sits nice, flat and smooth.




I can see making up some running tights with these.  I'd put a secret pocket in the back waist for my keys and what not.  I haven't looked anywhere on the internets at all to see if anyone has sewn these up, too.  Has anyone else?  I haven't read any reviews or commentary by other seamstresses on Seamwork.  Do the people like it?  I think it's a smart marketing idea for Colette to bring in a more predictable stream of capital for their company... plus putting out digital patterns all (most, I know some of you aren't into them) of us are loving now along with quality content.

22 comments:

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    1. Thanks Ma'am :) Wore them all day yesterday. PS I see MN is uh... very cold... I feel for you.

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  2. These look great, the petal bottom is adorable! I hadn't given the magazine any serious consideration but I think I might now. :)

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    1. Thanks! I didn't give it any real consideration either, that's why it just dropped of my radar at first, but it's a lovely little magazine.

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    1. Thank you!! I have more of this fabric, it may end up as a half zip jacket.

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  4. These leggings look so great on you!

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  5. Wow, that was fast! I love these, and I think you could absolutely wear them out in public. I'm hoping to make some up too, but it might be a while. I also really like the new magazine - subscribed last month and have been saying ever since that I was going to make up 2 of the patterns from that issue, LOL!

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, they are such basic simple leggings with so few seams to sew, it's hard not to make them fast. Such instant gratification.

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  6. Gosh you're good with leggings and print matching!!

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    1. Thanks :) And here's a secret-- I did not even consider matching the print on these! I think the print is so busy and I made sure I was on grain, so it appears like I did more work then I really did.

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  7. They look awesome! I wasn't too sure about this pattern when I first saw it but I really like your version.

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    1. Thank, Suzy :) They are pretty good, I like that they are drafted for a natural, feminine figure... so much easier to work with and no extra tweaking.

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  8. Nice job. I've been looking for a cute leggings pattern for yoga pants. These are perfect. Thanks Kathy, you've made my day!

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    1. Thanks! They are absolutely perfect for yoga... I have some cotton/spandex animal print that may end up being some yoga ones for me.

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  9. I really want to sew them up!! I am not a leggings person but lately pants just seem like too much, which I'm embarrassed to even say but it's the truth. I've also been wanting to sew a silk camisole, so I was pretty excited when these patterns popped up! Your leggings look wonderful, the shape at the ankles is so flattering!

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  10. I love the pattern and cannot wait to make it up. You're quick!

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  11. They look really great! I am a novice sewer and had a bit of a disaster with the oslo from last months issue, I think I will hope for better luck with these!

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  12. These would be great running leggings! I could use some new running legggings. Yours look great!

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  13. Thanks for your comment re not needing to expand the pattern for full thigh... I am planning on skipping a muslin and going straight to spandex and wondered about that.

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  14. I've got this pattern on my to do list. I've made a couple of Akita blouses from Seam work and next time I have time I'm making up a dress from there.

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