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You know that time that you sewed a pair of Megan Nielsen’s Virginia Leggings to wear to yoga, but you thought that a photo shoot at an athletics track with you having a stretch and a jog would be a bit of fun?

Yes, that time when you hadn’t factored in that the athletics track would be all locked up!  So, you gave your new leggings a test run (pardon the pun) in the athletics track car park.

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Megan Nielsen’s Virginia Leggings include two different rises (natural waist and low rise/maternity) and two leg lengths (petite and long).  I sewed the version one, which sits at the natural waist, and as I like a little bunching at the ankles, I added 2 inches (5cm) to the petite cutting line.  This is the third time I’ve sewn these leggings and it’s a definitely TNT pattern for me.

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The Virginia Leggings are a quick sew as there are only two pattern pieces – a leg piece and a waistband.  I love having the separate waistband as it allows you to thread the elastic through, pin it in a loop, try the leggings on and adjust the elastic for comfort.

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How fabulous is this fabric?  With great recovery, wicking, anti-bacterial and odur-free properties, it’s not surprising it’s commonly used for activewear, dancewear and sports bras.  This fabric was a birthday gift from the lovely Sarah last year (yes, I’ve been hoarding it since September!) but I’ve sourced (and purchased) like from Sew Squirrel recently.

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My girls selected the pink and blue for gymnastics clothes and we all decided that we’d like a pair of leggings from the charcoal.  If you’re a purple person, that’s available too.  Just saying…

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Pattern:  Megan Nielsen’s Virginia Leggings (natural waist rise)
Size:  Extra Small
Fabric:  Similar can be purchased from Sew Squirrel
Alterations:  I added 2″ (5cm) to the petite cutting line to ensure there was bunching at my ankles
Accessories:  Merino french terry top (M6992) and Honey Cowl borrow from Sharon (but knitted by me!)
Photo Location:  Ballarat

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12 comments

  • Best laid plans of mice and men! Oh well, the leggings are still great despite the fact that your location plans were foiled. I’m embarrassed to admit how much money I pay for leggings, knowing I could sew a custom fit for a fraction of the price! Alas, that time will come again. In the meantime, I have been knitting and this Honey Cowl was on my list last winter but then I got cowl-ed out. I think I will return it to my project list!

    • I’m a firm believer in ‘all in good time’ Sarah Jo. We’re having an OS holiday in Sept and I think I might take a Honey Cowl as (one of!) my holiday knitting projects!

  • Check out those pins! 😉 glad you love your strides, that fabric washes and wears so well, it rates very highly in my cost per wear world of economics!

  • Look at you running! Are you sure we can’t tempt you to run some more?? No? It’ll have to be yoga then xxx

  • Ha ha, I love your commitment to blog photo shoots!
    Nice job on the leggings.

    • The commitment is very high… sometimes I even day dream about blog photos shoot locations while I’m planning or sewing a garment.

  • Yep too much vandalism to leave Llanberris’s gates open. All good with the car park though 🙂 Great leggings – must sew some soon. Sam the Aussie

    • I totally get the locking the gates thing… and if they were open then it would have been full of people, and believe it or not, I can be a little camera shy! The car park was the happy median… and it made for a good story. Leggings are a quick and satisfying sew, I highly recommend them.

  • Awww, the last photo is my absolute favourite… you go girl!! the leggings look amazing on you, you have terrific legs so you should absolutely show them off. I love all those yummy colours too, how on earth to choose just one?! 🙂