McCall’s MP239 M7261 Exercise Leggings

Hello sewers!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.
I hope you all had a blessed Christmas.
With the new year just ahead of us,
it’s time when many of us think about starting an exercise routine,
or changing up an existing routine.
I try to exercise throughout the year,
but I am an eclectic exerciser.
To me, that means I play around at many types of exercise.
I get bored easily with the same routine,
so I switch up my exercise routine A LOT.
I also get bored with my exercise clothing.
And it was time for a new pair of leggings,
so I chose McCall’s pattern number 7261.
Just as new exercise routines keep me interested in exercising,
so do new workout clothes.

This is the only pair of leggings I have that are not one solid color.

The panels of color in the mid leg make me happy.
I purchased both fabrics at Joanne.

The black is performance fabric so it helps hold in the jiggle!

The galactic print is a little bit lighter weight spandex knit.
As with all leggings, this is a really quick pattern to sew.
I used my Baby Lock Triumph serger for the entire project.
I was able to neatly sew, trim, and finish the edges of all the inside
seams with just one pass through the serger.
I then used the cover stitch to keep those seams from “rolling” around.
Here’s a close up of the outside and the inside of the garment:

I really like this pattern because the waistband does not have a casing or elastic.
That makes the leggings smoother on the tummy and more comfortable to wear.
Here’s a short video that I made.
It shows a few more details and I also discuss how to choose your size.

How about you?
Do you already have an exercise routine,
or do you plan to start one in the new year?
Thank you for visiting with me today.
I enjoy your company so much.

Simplicity 8026 Girls Jumper

My littlest grandgirl was thinking she needed a new dress for fall,
so we headed to Joanne’s and she chose Simplicity 8026.

She also chose her own fabric.
It is a very fine whale, lightweight corduroy.
She is an average sized 7 year old – not tall, not short, not heavy, not skinny.
I sewed a size 8 with no adjustments, and it is a perfect fit.
The bodice sides feature a tab (I used flannel) with a decorative button.
Yes, my grandgirl chose those buttons as well.
There is a hidden zipper and hook and eye closure on the back.
I finished off the neckline with Hug Snug, and the armholes with bias binding.
My Baby Lock Triumph did a beautiful job of finishing the inside seams,
and coverstitching the hem.
The pattern sizing is girls 8-16 and it offers sleeve variations
as well as the pattern for a pair of leggings.
Hopefully that girl will get lots of wear out of this jumper before she outgrows it!
Thank you for your visit, sewing friends.

Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater

It is challenging for me to find a comfortable, well-fitting sweatshirt in ready to wear.
The Toaster Sweater pattern by Sew House Seven fills that void in my winter wardrobe.
The style lines are such that it is comfortable without being overly bulky.
I like that it is semi-fitted, which is hard to find in a ready to wear sweatshirt.
The self fabric ribbing panel at the bottom helps the shirt stay in place,
which is necessary because this top falls just at or below the hip bones.
The funnel neck can be worn up as shown in this photo,
it can be “slouched”,
or it can be doubled over itself.
I like having options.
With the extra long cuff on the sleeves,
I can wear them long (over my hand just past my wrist) on those chilly days;
or I can easily push up the sleeves and they stay up.
The pattern features dolman sleeves, which make the sweatshirt extra comfortable.
The forest green hemp French terry fabric from Fancy Tiger Crafts
is a perfect pairing with this pattern.
I’m anxious to sew up another Toaster Sweater in some stretch velour in taupe/cream
that I just ordered from StyleMaker Fabrics.
I stitched the entire sweater on my Baby Lock Serger, no sewing machine required.
(If you don’t have cover hem capabilities on your serger,
you will need to use a sewing machine for the topstitching.)
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Have a blessed day.