It's that time of year... when time enters warp-speed because you have a million items on your Holiday to-do list. Luckily, sewing up a pair of Skinny Legs Leggings by Little Kiwis Closet takes no time at all.
Lydia, the owner of Little Kiwis Closet has been asking me for a few months now if I could/would review one of her patterns and well, our schedules just never quite matched up. Third time's a charm though because this time, I was nearing the end of my commitments and I could finally try one of her patterns!
- Sizes: 12m - 14y
- 2 Leg styles: Ruched or Normal
- 2 Waistband Styles: Yoga or Elastic
- 2 Rise options: High or Low
- 4 Length Options: Shorts, Above Knee, 3/4, Long Ankle
- Knit only (unless you're daring ... more on this later!)
- Pages to print: 12, nested pieces, color ink
- Tutorial style: Real photos with steps broken down into sections
- Charts included: Yardage, Measurement/Sizing, Cutting
The pattern is very easy to put together and the way the pieces are nested make mixing sizes very easy! My girls are both skinny in comparison to their height so I knew I'd have to "size down" for the width. There is also an included measurement table to write in your child's measurements which makes it easy to remember them when consulting the sizing chart.
For my 5 year old, I chose full ankle length plain leggings, low rise with a yoga waistband that I folded over. I made them a bit long in the legs, but I figure this winter, they'll be in boots most of the time (she's obsessed with her tall leather boots) and next spring, they'll be the perfect length!
For the fabric, I used a nice cotton/lycra blend from Funkalicious Fabrics on Etsy. She's my go-to shop for stripes. Although small stripes do add a bit of difficulty when sewing. My OCD demands that they match up.... everywhere. LOL
As I mentioned above, the pattern is intended for knit only. Of course, I got curious if I could switch out the ruched panel with a ruched woven panel. I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it out. I made my youngest a 2 width and a 3 length. Let's just say, we got them on for pictures, but I'm not sure how comfortable they are. IF I were to retry, I'd reduce the eliminated portion of the outseam to only 0.5" on either side (this will make sense when you read the pattern). I think the added inch in her size will give her sufficient room to easily get dressed. (I cannot speak for the larger sizes.)
I love the options this pattern has and how quickly they come together. Most importantly, the fit is great!! My girls both love wearing skirts to school and I hate that their legs get cold in the winter. Excuse me while I go sew up some more Skinny Legs!
* In exchange for my review, I was provided a copy of the pattern free of charge.
All thoughts in this review are mine and mine alone.