Welcome to day one of the Sloan Legging Sew Along! Today we'll go through selecting the proper size, using a layered PDF, and cutting out our pattern pieces!
First step will be taking your measurements (in inches) so that you can determine your size. It's helpful to grab a friend for this step, it definitely makes taking your inseam measurement easier!
Your inseam measurement will determine if you need to choose 'regular', 'tall', or 'petite'.
Now select your size based on your fullest hip measurement. Because we are sewing leggings, you will want some negative ease in the pattern if you like your leggings fitted. If your measurements fall between sizes, Adrianna recommends going with the smaller size.
The fit of the Sloan Legging is very comfortable, coming to more of a straight leg at the ankle. However; if you prefer very tight, fitted legging (think compression style), you might need to taper the bottom to have a more snug fit at the ankle.
Note: I did this by measuring the widest part of my calf and then measuring down from that point to my ankle to see how far I need to adapt the pattern, it was approximately 10 inches. I then used the circumference of my ankle to determine how much needed to be removed from the bottom of the pattern. If you are scared to try this before sewing you can always sew them as is and then tailor them after the fact.
Now that you have chosen your size, it's time to use it to help you pick the right pattern. Hey June patterns are awesome because they are layered PDFs. This allows you to print only what you need.
We created an animated gif to show you how to do this. First, click the layer symbol. Then, click on the plus sign to show the drop down. Anywhere that there is an eyeball showing, there will be a line for that size and pattern showing below. To print only your pattern size and view of choice, un-click all the eyeballs you do not need as we demonstrated in the size gif. In the directions, Adrianna tells you what pages to print for your view on page 4, so no extra taping or cutting!
If you prefer to print in large format, you will notice in the layers that there is the option to print the copy shop version. ***We love using pdfplotting.com to do this. It makes tracing the pattern super easy and saves some time!
(***We get nothing for plugging pdfplotting.com, we just love using it so much, we thought we would let you in on the secret!)
We definitely recommend tracing your patterns instead of just cutting out the size you need. You never know if you might need to make a different size (perhaps gifts for friends?), or if you will want to grade between sizes . Either way, your future self will be happy you kept all your options available...especially if you spent time taping your PDF together! We can't stress enough our love for Swedish Tracing Paper! It can easily be ironed, sewn, and so much more. It's truly wonderful.
Now that your pattern is traced, go ahead and cut it out! If you used Swedish, like we did, you can go ahead and use your rotary cutter since it cuts like fabric...bonus! Give yourself a pat on the back 'cause we're finished with day one! 🎉
On Thursday, we'll talk about different stitch options and sewing athletic wear on a sewing machine vs. a serger! See you then!
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