Leggings Pattern Failure

51/365 2014 by Jagged Rose

This morning I had to chuck two more pairs of RTW leggings. They are not made for crawling around on the floor chasing a 11 month old it seems, lovely big holes on the knees. I’m running out of bottoms to wear, I can’t fit into my old jeans & I’m not really in the mood for spending lots of money on new clothes when my fabric stash is SOOOOO big.
I have this lovely ponte knit that would be perfect for leggings, slighty thicker than the RTW leggings fabric, so it will hopefully last longer. I had a leggings pattern from Burdastyle already printed & cut out in large. I was thinking of making a muslin first in another knit/jersey, but it stretched much more than the ponte, so it didn’t feel worth it & it’s a leggings pattern, how much could there be to alter.
I should have gone with my gut & made a muslin, oh well! At least I only cut out one leg & basted it to try it on. This pattern is so NOT made for my legs, probably be fine for the skinny-legged people of the world, but not for this pear shaped girl. I could get it on, but my leg looked like an overstuffed sausage, not a good look!
There is no outer seam on these, so I can still remake it into a front or back leg piece & I have plenty of fabric left.
Anyone got any good tips on a leggings pattern that is roomy in the thigh area?

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