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.