so this weekend i had the brilliant idea of recreating a simple pair of leggings, because, honestly, they weren't going to last forever and i figured i had better get on replacing them soon before my thigh friction caused knit screen windows, revealing things that should never be seen in public.
sounds like a good idea, right? right. the leggings in question fit almost perfectly, but were a tiny bit too big, causing them to stretch out and kind of fall down at the waistband by the end of the day. i figured copying them would be easy; if i screw up on the sizing a little, chances are they'll end up a little smaller and fit just right!
so i drafted a bit of a pattern, by basically turning one leg inside-out, sticking it inside the other, and tracing around the shape of the leg.
pretty simple, and pretty satisfying so far. for my fabric, i chose a very special chambray-colored knit with some kind of printed-on crosshatch pattern. this is a muslin people, let's not pretend i was actually planning on wearing them in public. (and it's a good thing! you'll find out why later.)
so here i go, blissfully cutting out my legs, cuffs and waistband and serging away without a care in the world.
that's when everything went horribly wrong.
see? see how everything is so horribly wrong?
... okay, i can see how you might be confused. (i was, too.) notice how the pair on the right almost perfectly matches the pair on the left (original pair) in size and shape.
what you can't see is me proudly trying on my new leggings, only to find out that the waistband only makes it as far up as the crease under my butt cheek. and the cuffs were strained so tightly around my calves that i very nearly qualified for one of those "isn't America fat?" local news spots with all kinds of rear-end footage of local folks waddling away from the camera.
lesson learned: not all stretch knits are created equal.
will find stretchier knit next time, and hopefully reveal to you the happy results!