I love me some good animal prints, but who doesn't? (Honestly, if you don't, I'm not sure we can be friends) A while back got in my head that I wanted a pair of velvet leggings. A 4-way stretch plain leopard print velvet is very hard to find, my friends. Plain meaning, not iridescent, or sequiny. I searched high and low, found some 2-way stretch, but never the 4-way needed. I sew with a bunch of awesome ladies IRL*, and had expressed my sadness over the elusive fabric. I didn't think I'd ever find the perfect stuff.
Amity, one of the group, texted me out of the blue one day with a glorious picture...of 4-way stretch velvet leopardy fabric, and did I want her to grab some for me? Uh, YES PLEASE! She was in San Francisco for PR (Pattern Review) weekend and spotted it at some random fabric shop. How awesome are fellow sewists?!? She even dropped it by my house the next week!
look at that sweet leopard velvet goodness
I got most of them sewn at one of our meetups, captured here without the waistband or hemmed, by the crazy, funny Julianne. Once again, I used Jalie 2920 like here and here.
I finished them up a few days later and wore them to my step-daughter's graduation in May. I quickly realized I needed to make the waistband bigger, cause they were uncomfortably tight :( Once back home, I unpicked all that waistband serging (ugh) and put in a fold over waistband and threaded the elastic through. No more unpicking serging if I still couldn't handle them. (My hips are expanding, ya know).
But all is good and I've worn them a couple times and love them! They aren't nearly as hot as I imagined they would be, which is good for a sweaty preggo, hehe. They do however, make me feel like Peggy Bundy :-D
yes? If only I could get my hair to do that...
*Our sewing group includes these lovely ladies:
Amity and Nhi of Lolita Patterns
Caroline of TigerFeet
Cindy Cation Designs -even though she's moving soon :(
Julianne of Made by Julianne
Sandra of Brown Paper Pattern
Caroline came up with our name, "Stitch in the Ditch". You know, cause we're in California, near the San Andreas fault, it's a ditch...If you ever find yourself in the LA area, please get in touch, we love to meet up, shop and sew!