Participating in the monthly challenges is a little more complicated for me at the moment, given that all I really feel comfortable sewing for myself and my changing body are knits! I looove me some denim, and normally I’d jump on this sort of a challenge as a chance to make more jeans. But since I’m feeling disinclined to “waste” my precious stretch denims on maternity jeans that I can only wear for a couple more months, as opposed to waiting until I can make normal jeans again, I decided to go for a denim look-alike instead.
This knit really does look just like denim, even down to the lighter colored “weave” on the back! Since I need something else I can wear under my skirts for warmth anyway, I decided to go for leggings. So I attempted to make the Manila leggings from the latest edition of Seamwork. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that only the cropped version was included in the pattern, despite there being a picture of a full-length one. Nor did I realize that my knit didn’t stretch enough from side to side to make something like this–seriously, why would they make the stretch go vertically instead of horizontally, when you usually need it more the other way? So this ended up being a serious hack job, with lots of little strips inserted to get it to the point where I could even pull them on in the first place, and then to get them to a length that isn’t totally useless for winter. Oh well. I guess I can say they’re “design details”, right?
As it turns out, I ended up sewing with some real denim anyway. We got our ultrasound on Monday, and I decided to make a baby outfit to post on Facebook as the gender reveal to our friends and more extended families. I had some leftovers from some denim Thurlow trousers that weren’t the full width of the fabric but too much to throw out, so I made this yesterday.