Nope... unless it's three girls in black and white striped leggings.
I really love this (Sunki) leggings pattern! Although that's probably painfully obvious by now, isn't it?
These are Sunki legging numbers 5, 6, and 7 for me. I had talked about looking for a one-piece leggings pattern, but I changed my mind. I love the fit of these leggings so much and I think that's largely because they are made from two pattern pieces. I think there'd be more sagging and bagging in a one-piece pattern.
I've noticed that knits shift a lot more than wovens during the cutting phase. These leggings probably took longer to cut and pin than to sew. I found it helpful to keep the fabric really smooth and make sure the stripes line up when the fabric is folded in half. I (again) placed the bottom of both leg pieces on the same stripe.
Matching stripes was initially a little tricky, but once I got the hang of it, I found it relaxing, actually. I've read repetitive motions are calming to the mind. I think matching stripes would qualify. There's a rhythm to it for sure. I started matching from the waist and pinned my way down. Even though I was careful with my cutting, there was always some shifting, so I had to be sure the stripes matched in all directions while pinning.
I am certainly not an expert in sewing knits, but those were a few things that helped me. Knits are actually very easy to sew. I sure wish I wouldn't have been afraid of them for so long. They're a lot of fun!
I added length to all three pairs, though Tia's didn't need it. The fit is perfect on Indigo. For Tarikua, I used a 5/8" seam allowance rather than a 3/8" to get that perfect fit. For Iris, the leggings are on the tight side - like tights. But I like them. That said, I might add a 1/4" seam allowance to the pattern on the next pair I make for her.
I used this fabric for the leggings. It is definitely on the thin side. It's a rayon-cotton-lycra blend and 7 oz weight. I would probably use something heavier next time. Being I'm new to knits, I'm new to the concept of a fabric having an official 'weight'. For leggings, I've found I prefer knits that have around a 9 oz weight. They feel more substantial.
That said, even though the fabric is lightweight, Iris took a pretty big spill on the blacktop with nary a snag in the fabric. Given how hard she fell and that she landed on her knees, I was expecting a hole. I guess I'll have to wait and see how durable they are in the long run. It might surprise me. But, this fabric was only $5.75/yard and with 2 yards I was able to make these three leggings with some leftover - maybe a pair for Iris next year. So, thin or not, I feel they were definitely worth making.
And here are my four loves.