Seamstress Spotlight: Allie & her Pacific Leggings

Today we’re featuring Allie Pesch and her amazing Pacific Leggings! I love the bold fabric combination, and it’s great to hear they are getting in some running mileage! Here’s Allie…

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Where can we find you online?,,

How and when did you learn to sew? 

I learned a few things from my mother growing up, but mostly taught myself through patterns and blogs. I’ve been sewing consistently for the past 7 or 8 years.

How would you rate your skill level? 

Intermediate… pretty confident but still plenty to learn and improve!

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Pattern: Pacific Leggings

Fabric: Tricot nylon/spandex blend from imagine gnats.

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Tell us about your make. 

I sewed view B in size 6. The only modification was to shorten them one inch at the shorten line because I didn’t want too much extra fabric around my ankles. I made these for running this winter in our chilly Virginia early mornings. The fabric isn’t quite warm enough for below freezing cold days, but I have been happy with how well they stay in place and have already worn them for many runs, even as long as ten miles. While my iPhone 6 fits well in the pocket, it is too heavy to run with it in there as it pulls the waistband down. Handy for a car key or ID though. I used my serger for most of the seams (after basting on my regular machine) and much prefer the look of those seams to the ones I only zigzagged, such as the gusset and center front. The gusset was the trickiest part—I had never sewn a diamond gusset like that and especially not with such slippery fabric. I would still love for someone to walk me through it, but it came together pretty well. Since I made the most complicated view and this fabric likes to move around, tracing and cutting took a while, but the sewing was quick and the whole project was done within a few evenings’ work. I recommend the pattern to anyone brave enough to sew their own athletic clothes. It’s easier than it looks and very satisfying!

Thanks Allie! Love your leggings. We’re working on a tutorial to walk you guys through sewing the crotch gusset, that’s coming soon. (Update: here it is!)

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7 Responses to Seamstress Spotlight: Allie & her Pacific Leggings

  1. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 11, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    These are great! Using two different fabrics really highlights the design lines!

  2. nothy February 11, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    I love the colour combinations Allie chose.

  3. My Handmade Space February 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Nice combination! I like to mix neutrals with a bold color to add interest. I haven’t seen this pattern yet though. It is a good inspiration :-)

  4. Lana February 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Very flattering pattern design and colour choice! I am scared to try to work with stretchy fabric. :/

  5. Karen February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Great Job! They look fantastic. I have the pattern and have been looking at it from across the room nervous to try it…I’m hoping for a sew along…. :)

  6. Katrena February 15, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    I really like how they turned out. They look comfortable and flattering.

  7. Allie February 17, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks, ladies! You should give them a try. It really was a satisfying sew. I’m going to try again with the new gusset tutorial.

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