Fast forward ten years and I own A LOT of leggings. I wear them under skirts and dresses constantly. I wear them to yoga, biking, lounging around the house, skiing...everywhere. I blame it partially on how much I hate wearing pants with proper waistbands and partially on the fact that I live in Vancouver, a city so saturated with yoga and athletic culture that leggings have become part of Vancouver "fashion." I still don't think they are flattering and I still don't think they are pants, but that doesn't seem to stop me.
A few months ago, I went to a fabric sale hosted by Our Social Fabric, a textile recycling initiative. OSF recycles fabric from local manufacturers and the movie industry that would otherwise be going to waste. The sale was an amazing deal. I think I left with two large bags stuffed full for under $40. Fabric was sold off the bolt for $2/m. Of course, being Vancouver, all of our clothing manufacturers are all athletic and outdoor wear. I came home with more technical fabric then I knew what to do with.
I decided I could always use more leggings. I followed this tutorial from One Little Minute. I found it excellent. It really walks you through the whole process from start to finish with clear explanations and diagrams.
I started with my first draft of the pattern and got these blue beauties:
I decided with no real reason to justify my decision that making the "J" shape in the front rise of the pattern deeper would solve this problem. The next day I made this olive pair:
Anyone know how to solve visible stitches with stretch knits, short of buying a serger? I am using a zig zag stitch and seem to always get the following issue: