I recently enjoy sewing up two pairs of the Rosie Ruffle Leggings by Mamma Can Do It. I’m going to share today about the pattern and the fabrics that I used for this fun project.
(Disclaimer*, I participated in a sew a-long for this project, hosted by Ti of Simply by Ti fabrics. The fabrics were a part of my Fabric Ambassador* project and the pattern was provided to me. The opinions that I’m sharing in this blog post are my own.)
Version: I omitted the bum ruffles. The pattern called for three ruffles at the ankles but I sewed two ruffles at each ankle.
Size: Two pairs, a 3T (modified with 4T bottom sizing) and a size 6 pair of leggings
Fabric: Jade Under Armour Wickaway Jersey fabric and Black rayon spandex. Both fabrics are quite drapey and soft. My girls are really into matching clothes but I decided to mix things up a bit with these leggings. By getting 1 yard each of the two fabrics, I was able to squeeze two pairs of leggings that are inverse of each other (and I have some fun scraps leftover for some future makes for myself).
Pattern: The pattern was quite straightforward. Participating in the Sew A-long made these leggings even more fun to make. This would be a fun project for a beginning sewist (with the ruffles omitted for the beginner).
Through the SAL (sew a-long) I learned some alternate approaches (from other sewists) to making ruffles. I always love learning new ways to approach making things. A technique that I tried during the SAL was sewing the basting stitch at a high thread tension (a 9 on my sewing machine). This helped to start the ruffle as I sewed the basting stitch and reduced the amount of gathering that I had to do afterwards. I will say that making and adding the ruffles take some time, but the time is quite worth it. Because leggings in general are quite fast to sew, adding the ruffles made such a special finish to them.
Issues: The size 6 leggings fit perfectly on my oldest. The one issue that I had was of my own fault. The crotch rise of the 3T leggings were too small on my daughter. She was in between sizes and I tried keeping the waist and length but modifying the seat area. I am planning to sew another version of these leggings in a full 4T (so that she can wear this next pair for awhile before growing out of them).
Future plans: I’m planning a full 4T version for my youngest. I also would love to make some capri length versions and try a pair with one ruffle at the calves (instead of the two ruffle versions that I made). I think it would also be fun to add a ruffle along the length of the side seams for an even more frilly variation. I also have some planned projects for myself with the fabric scraps (that I will be sharing about soon).
*As a Simply by Ti Ambassador I receive complementary fabric from the Simply By Ti shop to use for a project in exchange for sharing it with you.