I think most of you have heard of Cake Patterns custom fit Espresso Leggings. I’ve lost count of the number of pairs I’ve made – for me, my mum, my niece, and even H has a pair which he wore under his ski trousers. I thought maybe I could adapt the pattern for a scuba knit fabric and then they’d I’d be able to make some easy funky pants (ish) for on the golf course.
I originally bought this check fabric when visiting Dewsbury for the Spoolette meet-up. I went with absolutely no intention to buy any fabric on that occasion and came home with all this:
As the scuba knit isn’t quite so stretchy, I added about 1/2 inch all the way round my pattern:
As it turned out this wasn’t quite enough. The fabric only stretches on the horizontal so when I was walking and bending whilst playing golf I felt I was continuously pulling them up and readjusting myself! Not a good look playing golf with 14 fellas! So next time I think for a scuba knit I would add at least 2 inches to the front and back – it’s easy to chop off after! And I would add more from the knee to the ankle.
Even though I had several wardrobe malfunctions on the course I felt great in them, and a few of the lads loved them and wanted a pair of pants made in the same fabric! I was a bit too embarressed to ask them to take photos when we were playing so I balanced my phone on a bench on the tee and managed to get a couple of shots:
The pattern matching was spot on, thanks to my walking foot. I didn’t bother using the overlocker. My first line of sewing was a basting stitch with the scantest of seam allowances. This was fine so then I stitched 2 rows of a narrow zig-zig, and hemmed with a narrow zig-zap too.
Leggings and pants aren’t quite the same, I know. There’s no way I’d have my bum on show if I had leggings on! And I couldn’t wear leggings for golf (not really allowed!). But the scuba knit works wonders with the fit and smooths everything out. A bit of a different look to the GBSB Drapey Dress don’t you think!