Well, I did it, sort of! I sewed my own skirted leggings!
Not to bore you to death again with sewing, but this is a big accomplishment for me, as my beloved Eileen Fisher skirted leggings are starting to develop holes and I can only iron on so many heart-shaped black patches before it starts to look like leg measles.
To make my own, I used a leggings pattern that I know fits me great (the free Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs) and then I carefully traced the skirt portion of my existing Eileen Fisher skirted leggings along with a waistband to connect them both.
My goal was to:
1) make skirted leggings out of a very thick ponte knit to wear to Norway and
2) re-use the pattern for the rest of my life to make approximately eleventy hundred pairs in all colors of knit fabric.
Instead of making a mockup, I decided to cut right into the thick ponte knit and get going. I’m wild that way, plus time is running out for my butt to be sufficiently covered for the arctic winter.
This fabric is from Joann and I believe it is their “Refined Ponte” which is so HEAVY, it weighs as much as kevlar. Hence why it has been on my stash shelf for over a year along with some jersey-backed scuba and another mystery ponte knit because it is regularly 100 degrees here and only after purchasing said fabrics did I realize I don’t want to die of swamp crotch. Ergo, perfect weight fabrics for Norway!
The leggings fit pretty well, although they are a smidge tight. I think I got a little overzealous with the seam allowances. And they are super thick. The skirt sewed up easily and fits well. To attach these two, however, would require me sewing through 1 pants layer + 1 skirt layer + 2 waistband layers, which would require some kind of industrial strength machine I do not have.
I puzzled over this for much longer than I want to admit, and finally I decided to attach the skirt directly to the leggings like a long tube and then fold it back over itself to make a waistband casing. While that description makes ZERO SENSE, I am not even going to try to illustrate it because I don’t have confidence I can actually replicate it lol. Just know that this weird trickery actually worked. Tonight I need to add elastic to the waist, and I now have the world’s thickest skirted leggings.
Next up, I had planned to use the scuba material for a version of the Mimi G pants I made over the weekend (Simplicity # 8655). But looking at the weather forecast now in Tromsø, the temperatures are climbing into the toasty mid 30s and I’m not sure I need special neoprene pants. Did I mention time is running out and no one at my workplace is exactly laying off the special projects just so I can sew more? Plus I still have two more shirts to complete.
Why I suddenly decide to sew an entire capsule wardrobe for me + matching boyfriend shirts before EVERY DAMN TRIP is beyond me, but there you have it. Luckily I have realized this is now becoming a habit, and I am already working on my ideas for a summer suitcase wardrobe for a mid-year trip to Thailand. Interestingly enough, I’m not nearly as worried about dressing for the frozen tundra as I am for the heat. In the cold weather, I can probably wear all my layers at once if need be and still fit in my coat but there are only so many layers you can remove before you get arrested. Also, I am a be-sleeved person. I need sleeves. I am introverted and so are my shoulders. Last week in a meeting I started surreptitiously drawing up ideas for loose flowy tops that can go over sleeveless things. And I may actually finish those culottes I cut out 47 years ago.
But first, the cold. Think snowy thoughts for me, because part of the reason for this much-anticipated trip is for me to see real, live, actual SNOW. I think snow is magical and I’ve only seen it snow maybe four? five? times in my life and I have been fantasizing about having snow flakes fall on my head since April of 2017 when we were in Stockholm and I lost my shit over SNOWDROPS and many Swedes were amused and probably still tell the tale of the ridiculous American who danced in joy over seeing fourteen flakes on a Saturday.
That’s all for today!