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Urban Legs: Ellie & Mac Patterns

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s been a little while since I did a post about Ellie and Mac. This isn’t due to a lack of testing with them, simply life moving too fast for me. But tonight we wrapped up another fun test and I wanted to share it with you all! Say hello to the brand new women’s Urban Legs Pattern!

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I’m a big fan of Lindsey over at Ellie and Mac for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons happens to be her work ethic. She’s one of the hardest workers I know! She is not only coming out with a new pattern about once per week(and doing all the work of testing each one beforehand), she is also re-branding her business and re-testing/making over all her older patterns. All of the newer patterns are no trim pages, they come with a built in stretch guide, glossary, page of tips for working with knit fabric and more. She’s also added some super cute line drawings of her and the patterns themselves. All in all, I’m amazed at the progress she has made and am proud of her for being so diligent in making sure everything is up to par, across the board.

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The new pattern is called the Urban legs. This thing was a beast to test. We normally go through about 4-5 versions of things for a test. This test, we went through 14, counting the final version. Everyone of us had a different body, body shape, etc. It’s hard to try and make one pattern that will fit everyone across the board, but I think she did great! The basic shape of the pattern is a bit different from the other legging patterns I’ve used in the past and it includes some fun options, like a yoga/tall, regular or contoured waistband and pockets! Who doesn’t love a pocket?

The Women’s Legging Pattern has a lot of awesome features.  You have six length options to choose from including shorts, capri, crop, regular full length, long full length and tall.  It has inseam length posted at each length option and also a chart to measure yourself for the perfect fit using our blending tutorial.  The optional pockets are fun as well as the high waistband, narrow waistband or contoured waistband.  You are sure to get your favorite fit!  We have put a ton of time into this pattern and made change after change to get it just right.  We hope you love it!

Features:

No trim pattern pages

Six length options noted in description

Three waistband options

Blending size chart and tutorial for a tailored to you fit

Optional pockets

Layers printing feature is included for this pattern for your convenience.

What’s Included:

Pattern pieces for all parts

A0 Print Shop Pattern Pieces Option – women’s only

Fabric Requirements Chart

Size Chart

Tips and Notes

Glossary

Table of contents

Pattern Piece Diagram

Printing Instructions

Supply List

Step-by-step instructions.  Each step has a color photo for visual aid.

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My first few versions were the shorts versions. I made one from scuba with the tall waistband, one from DBP (below) with the regular waistband, and a third from a 4 way stretch navy cotton lycra. I have certain….issues with my figure that mean I normally have to make adjustments to patterns. With the first few versions and the tall waistband, there was a bit of overlap above my non-existent bum, but after a few modifications to the pattern and choosing a smaller waistband option, things were looking good!

By the time we made it to the final few revisions, the leggings were fitting most people perfectly, so I went ahead and made my final pair of some super soft black Stars double brushed polyester fabric from Aurora Design Fabrics. I received the fabric as part of my November box and couldn’t wait to use it! I didn’t even prewash my fabric, so I made them super long in hopes that they wouldn’t shrink too badly in the wash. (DBP doesn’t usually shrink that much, in my experience) It turns out I have an unusually long inseam for someone in my size range (XS & 31″ inseam), so I was thrilled when Lindsey added different inseam length markings to the pattern. I went with the longest line and love the length! There is nothing worse than leggings that ride up. These ones fit so perfectly, they weren’t going anywhere. But even if they were to shift (when I wear pantyhose underneath, for example), they will still stay in my boots due to the length! 🙂

april simpson hunt of mermaid mama designs wearing the new urban leggings pattern from ellie and mac patterns. Stars fabric is a double brushed polyester fabric from aurora design fabricsAMH_0497.jpgapril simipson hunt of mermaid mama designs wearing the new urban leggings from ellie and mac sewing patterns. Star fabric is a double brushed polyester from aurora design fabrics

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I’m always in search of a good legging pattern, so I’m thrilled that I got to take part in this test. I am thrilled to share the results with all of you, as I’m confident it will be a pattern everyone will love! Be sure to check them out and join the Ellie and Mac Facebook group to keep up with new releases and sales!

 

Pattern:Urban Legs pattern

Facebook Group: Ellie & Mac Facebook group

Black stars double brushed poly fabric can be found here: Aurora Designs Stars DBP Fabric . It’s available on several different color bases!

 

**Update 12/22/2017: I recently found a very similar fabric in marsala and mustard colors on amazon for only $6.98 per yard! You can find those here:

 

Is this a pattern you can see yourself using? What patterns do you normally use for your leggings?

Thanks so much for reading and have an amazing day!

Until next time,

Sewing and swimming,

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April Simpson Hunt

 

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