Leggings seem to be a basic wardrobe necessity of which my wardrobe is lacking. With all the cotton knits the store is now carrying, it seemed like a good opportunity to remedy this situation. Being such a simple design, they should be quick and easy to make.
I liked McCalls 6360 as it has a variety of pant lengths to choose from.
Starting with some basic black cotton lycra knit, I chose option E (middle style on bottom row) in size 14. Option E actually has small side zippers at the bottom of the leggings but I omitted those.
So, can you spot the difference? Same colour top, same colour leggings, even some gold sandals (although I will admit not as fancy!) Standing at 5’3″ or 161cm in my bare feet, I don’t consider myself a short person. But certainly not model tall either. Yet the finished length on this pattern comes down to my ankle, not my lower calf as in the pattern picture. I ended up shortening them by 5″ or 12.5cm! There is a shorten/lengthen line to do this, but I spread out the total 5″ by also shortening at the hem line for style A, the shortest style as well.
Now I have a closer approximation of the length suggested by the pattern.
Then when the space printed cotton knits arrived, I had to make a pair of those! I decided to pair them with the tunic top Butterick 6388. The blue top is a light weight ponte in size large as per my 39″ bust (99cm)
The purple top is a bamboo cotton french terry but in a size medium.
As per my comments when I blogged about B6388, I think the size L is too big. I’m much preferring the smaller size. And even though I already shortened the top by 4″ or 10cm, I think I will shorten it some more by a couple inches.
It may take a couple tries, but success is feasible!