|Pattern Description: From the Cake Patterns web site:|
"Create custom-fit leggings in a flash! The innovative Espresso template from Cake RiFFs makes it simple — just measure, mark, and connect the dots for a pattern that fits just right and sews up quickly. Elastic waistband slips smoothly beneath other layers."
This is a good description of the pattern. The connect-the-dots drafting method is very clever and produces a good base result.
Custom sizing! You'll take around a half dozen measurements, and then use those measurements to connect the dots on the pattern template. Taking my measurements and drafting the one pattern piece took about 30 minutes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, in that the line drawing is of a pair of leggings, and my leggings look like leggings. ;)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are simple and easy to follow. This construction of the leggings is super, super easy (two seams, a waistband, and a hem), which a beginner could easily do. The drafting of the pattern piece is more unique, but I thought that the instructions for that were quite good.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
* For a shortie like me, it's great to have a pattern that I can customize in both length and circumference. Drafting the one pattern piece was far more enjoyable to me than taking a commercial pattern and making a bunch of adjustments.
* One pattern piece! Once the pattern piece is drafted, these take about 40-45 minutes to cut and sew.
* This is a super versatile pattern to have in your arsenal. I can see making up a ton of these to go with various dresses, etc. Once you have the pattern piece drafted, you can also play around with slicing and dicing for color-blocking, etc.
* These only took one yard of fabric (and I'm plus-sized), so you can invest in high quality fabric and not spend a ton for your final pair of leggings.
Even with the drafting system, I still had to do my usual adding to the back rise, and taking away from the front rise. This could have been a measuring error on my part, but I was hoping to avoid this.
Also, the template doesn't account for having larger calves--you take a knee and an ankle measurement. After my test pair, I added a bit at the calves, since my calves are quite a bit larger than my knees and ankles.
For the pair pictured, I used an activewear knit that I purchased at Rose City Textiles on our trip to Portland last month.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I followed the instructions, as written, for my first pair. After wearing those for a day, I tweaked my pattern piece by shortening the front rise by 1", lengthening the back rise by 1", and adding 1" to the calf area. I think that I will probably shorten the front rise a bit more for future pairs.
Note that the amount of vertical stretch (or lack thereof) in your fabric can really affect how the rise fits for these.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew these again, and I would recommend the pattern to others.
Really fun and fast little project. I see a lot of these in my future.
More pics, details on the pattern drafting, etc, on my blog: