Monday, 16 April 2018

MHW The Action Pack

At the end of 2017 I supported a kickstarter campaign for a new sewing pattern company. My handmade wardrobe is the latest venture of Sarah and Freya of crafty sew and so. I attended their launch party in January where I got to see samples of their first 4 releases; The action pack, all the cute skirts, the everyday amazing shift dress & top and the cosy jersey dress & tunic.

I promptly purchased The action pack which contains patterns for leggings and a crossover back swing top, of which I wanted to make the leggings.

I wasn't really sure what I was looking for in a Jersey suitable for leggings. A decent stretch, recovery and opacity are required but are all characteristics that are difficult to judge when buying online. In the end I decided to look for jerseys that said suitable for leggings in their product description!

This 'kaleidoscope jersey' caught my attention as I loved the geometric pattern and it reminded me of sportswear leggings I've seen on the high street. Better yet it was described as being suitable for leggings.

The MHW paper patterns are printed on good quality paper stock. Being firmly in team trace I find this makes things so much easier for me! Tracing and cutting out was helped further by the fact the leggings are made up of just 3 pattern pieces; leg panel, front waistband and back waistband.

The action pack is suitable to be sewn entirely on a regular sewing machine. As I've recently got an overlocker I was keen to see the difference it would have on my next jersey make.

I used my overlocker for the majority of this make only switching to my regular machine for the addition of the waistband and hemming the legs. I'm hoping that the use of an overlocker will help banish splitting seams, especially in the crotch area!

I couldn't believe how quickly I was wearing a pair of leggings. 

Now to decide if these are going to be active wear or lounge wear...they're comfy enough for either I think. 


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