Meet Virginia

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top: Banana Republic (old) // sweater: J.Crew men’s (thrifted) // leggings: self-made, pattern here // boots: Minnetonka

You guys, I’m so bad at keeping secrets and so excited to finally be able to post this! A few months ago I got a super exciting email asking if I’d like to test Megan’s Virginia leggings pattern, just released last week. I said yes of course, because if Megan Nielsen asked me if I wanted to test a potato sack pattern I would probably do it.

I made three pairs of leggings so far but I’ve only photographed my first pair. I used a stretchy sort of thermal-ish fabric for these just because I absolutely adored the bright bold print. The fabric probably isn’t totally right for the pattern since it doesn’t feel as snug and structured as I would want leggings to feel, but it works. I was so in love with them that I even started knitting this sweater specifically to wear over them and my brown leather boots.

For my second pair, I knew I wanted to make some athletic leggings that I could run in. I scoured eBay and found this moisture-wicking fabricΒ and bought some to try it out. Those turned out great too! My third pair is made from a floral knit that I haven’t photographed because I cannot for the life of me find anything in my wardrobe that remotely looks good with it. Epic fail on the fabric choice.

Anyway, I highly recommend this pattern! It was actually a bit ridiculous how easy these came together, even as someone with very limited experience in sewing with stretch fabrics. It’s literally two pieces. Plus the pattern’s only available in PDF which means no waiting on stupid shipping time!

Hmm I should make a solid pair just because of the whole “I need more solids in my wardrobe” issue but I keep thinking I need a pair of glittery ones. Or with sequins incorporated somehow. Or a cuter floral. Or polka dots! Whee!

17 thoughts on “Meet Virginia”

  1. I didn’t realize until this post how desperately I need sequined leggings! Sequins are a solid right? I really hope you make a pair so I can copy. I’d copy these leggings in a second, but I like a little thickness to my leggings too.

    1. Sequin leggings are totally a necessity! And if the sequins are all the same color I don’t see why it can’t be a solid! πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh man, I really want this pattern! Actually, I really want these exact same leggings! I didn’t buy the pattern because I don’t really have any fabric that works for them, buuuuuuuut… now I really, really, REALLY want some. You’re such a temptress!

  3. Love them! I’ve been eyeing that pattern since I got the email last week. Love the fabric! Hope you are enjoying the Game of Thrones audiobooks. I LOVED those. Perfect for knitting., although I’m impressed you can cable AND listen, πŸ™‚

  4. Cute leggings! The floral ones sound really nice, depending on the colour, a longish plain black or white t shirt would look good with them or even a denim shirt πŸ™‚

  5. I love the fabric. I just sewed a pair of these leggings with a great organic black stretch fabric from organiccottonplus.com They are just thick enough for fall and winter! πŸ™‚ I have been on the look out for a nice aztec-like print – similar to yours. I also want to wear them with my fringe boots. Aren’t they the best.
    For your floral leggings, what about pairing them with an oversized chambray or a longer solid colred sweater or tank? Might look good.
    xo
    Eleanor
    http://www.milkandhoneyonline.com

  6. Hi Ping, Love your all work! and really love these tights! I know it is while since you made these up, but would you have a source for the fabric you used. Thanks in advance. Toni

    1. Thanks Toni! I got this one on fabric.com and I just checked but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. I don’t actually recommend it though because it’s a waffle knit so it doesn’t hold its shape very well when worn. Not my brightest idea to make leggings out of a waffle knit.

      Ooh I just searched “aztec knit” on fabric.com and found some gorgeous similar fabrics that would likely work much better!! This one is my favorite: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0397316/ity-knit-aztec-red-violet-black

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