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March 17, 2017

Virginia Leggings


Sewing the Virginia Leggings Pattern, was a big step in the right direction toward creating a me-made wardrobe. The pattern is simple to make and incorporates great style details like a slouchy ankle hem and an attractive overall silhouette. This was my first time sewing leggings, but it won’t be the last time I make the Virginia Leggings Pattern by Megan Nielsen!


This pattern was included in the Project #SewMyStyle repertoire, and the featured make for March. I have to admit, I’ve never made leggings- mostly because I don’t wear a lot of knit garments and more probably because I wasn’t sure I would wear them. I have teenagers in my house- I see A LOT of leggings- and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to go down that road. Being a part of Project #SewMyStyle pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I gave it a try.

Pattern & Fabric

The PDF pattern went together quickly & easily. I’m still amazed at how simple the design is. I opted for a Ponte knit fabric that I picked up at my favorite LFS, Haberman Fabrics. They tend to stock a great selection of heavier knits just for leggings, and this particular fabric was perfect. Once I laid out the pieces I used a rotary cutter to cut the fabric. The thicker knits are easier to maneuver around when cutting and only having a few big pieces to deal with made it easier yet.

Virginia Leggings Pattern Pattern Cutting

Construction & Seams

I do own a serger, but I didn’t use it on this project. Up until now, I hadn’t sewn a lot of knits, and I wanted to be sure of my seams and construction first. I also am a huge fan of the “stitch and Pink” method of seam finishing and knew that I could make the insides look nice with this technique. [Note- I’ve since made several pairs of these leggings and have graduated to using my serger]. For the actual seaming on these pants, I used the stretch zig-zag stitch on my machine. I found this to be a stable method, and this first pair has held up to a lot of wear already with no popped seams. After the seaming, I used my pinking shears to trim off the excess seam allowance, and I took a moment to marvel at the pile of scraps on my floor. The waistband gets sewn next, and the instructions for the elastic insertion was clear and easy. The final step was hemming the bottom edges, and I used a standard twin needle to give the hem a nice finished look.

Virginia Leggings Seam Zig Zag for Stretch

Virginia Leggings Stitch and Pink Seams

Style Options

I love the slouchy ankle look of these leggings. I think they make my legs look even longer and the added fabric at the ankles just works for me. I’ve seen lots of examples of variations at the hem, either reducing the amount of slouch or cropping altogether and find them all to be do-able. I am fairly tall (5’8″) and

Final Thoughts

I’m a big fan of the Virginia Leggings pattern now and have several pairs in my wardrobe. I quickly got more comfortable working with knits again and have moved on to using my serger for these more simple projects. I highly recommend this pattern, especially if you are starting sewing your clothes or haven’t sewn knits in a while. What about you? Have you made this pattern and what modifications, if any, did you make?


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