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Friday, June 6, 2014

Seamster's Rose Hip Tights

This is a new pattern I purchased from Seamster (previously known as Disparate Disciplines) since a) I love tights and b) you can make your own tights?!?
ROSE HIP TIGHTS
photo from Seamster Patterns

I love this pattern. L.O.V.E. It is so well explained, so well drafted, quick to make, and so much fun. The PDF is designed so that you only need to use the pieces for the view you want to make, and the instructions are clear, with good illustrations. This is important because attaching the foot to the leg can be a bit confusing at first go. I adore the fact that there's a gusset in this design, it makes the tights really comfortable to wear all day long. There is also an extremely helpful chart to help you measure stretch (I printed out just this page to take to the fabric store with me) so that you get the right kind of stretchiness to ensure success.

I made my first pair from a swath of leftover knit in my stash, just trying it out to get the construction process down. This fabric was from a dress I made last year, and the crossgrain stretch was right but the lengthwise stretch wasn't as much as it should have been according to the pattern. Fortunately for me, I have very short legs so that wasn't a dealbreaker, they still fit -- but Mari suggests lengthening the legs (there are two marked lengthen/shorten lines to choose from)  if your amount of stretch isn't high enough, so that they will go all the way up, and I would suggest you definitely do so if you make some -- mine were just long enough with the low level of stretch in them.

Here's the trial go, in a crazy fabric that makes me feel like Dorothy is about to drop a house on me:

But look how nicely the pattern lines up!
Can you see the seam that is on TOP of the foot
so that you aren't walking on a seam all day?
These are so much fun
 And then here is the second pair I made, in a much more realistic choice of fabric that I will actually wear often. I found this fabric serendipitously, and it is simply perfect. Just the right weight and stretch -- these actually feel like RTW tights, but better.

You can't even see where the foot joins with this fabric

I have another pair cut out, in a lace fabric, and am eyeing a mustard yellow print for the next pair (my favourite colour right now). I'd like to make some leggings, too. Mari gives some ideas on make the shift to leggings with a nice edging, and one of the options is also a 'thigh high', but I'm not sure about that...

Anyway, I highly recommend this pattern if you love tights like I do. It will add endless scope for the imagination to your wardrobe!


14 comments:

  1. Wow they look amazing. I would never of thought of making tights. Is it possible to show a pic of the fabrics before you make the next few to get an idea of the sorts of fabrics to look out for?

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    1. That's a great idea, Tracy -- never occurred to me! Will see what I can do. The pattern has quite a bit of info on how to choose the right level of stretch, which really helped, and I was lucky, too ;)

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  2. Wow, I will have to check out this pattern!

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    1. I hope you will, it is well worth it!

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  3. These are fantastic! Who'd a thought of making tights! Another pattern to add to the list! Thanks!

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    1. I know, right?! I can't believe they work so well. This is going to be a definite repeat make :)

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  4. Amazing, I will have to get the pattern and start experimenting

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  5. These look so nice! Did you serge the seams, or zigzag, or ...?

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    1. Oh, good point! I don't have a serger so I made them with a zigzag stitch -- they work very well. On the Seamster blog, she gives tips and one is to stitch with a narrow zigzag and then go over with it with a wider zigzag, then trim the seams. That makes for a nice solid but stretchy seam.

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  6. How absolutely brilliant. Love your tights.

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    1. Thank you! It is rather fun to make these :)

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  7. Love your tights! It is great that now we can really personalize our tights to go with our outfits!! How did the seaming in the front of the feet turn out?Did the seams stand out or hide into the pattern?

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    1. It is great! The seaming was fine; I could see it with the pattern on the black & pink ones, but it wasn't glaring, and on the others I could barely notice it. When you put them on you just have to adjust them so the seam is sitting straight, then you can forget about them!

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