Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Testing, testing: Helen's Closet Avery Leggings


Leggings! Another thing I almost never wore when I lived in Southeast Asia, but I now wear regularly in a wide variety of ways (for working out, for hanging out, as a warmth layer under pants, under skirts, and so on...).



These are the latest pattern from Helen of Helen's Closet, the Avery leggings! Of all the leggings I've made, I think these may be my favorite... I've made three pairs already, which I think is demonstrative of my love for this pattern!

This pair is View B, with the ultra-high waist and extra-long legs, in size XL.


I love the Avery pattern's features: no outer leg seam, options for high or medium rise, and a wide waistband secured with a narrow piece of elastic, and an easy-to-sew gusset. 

For me, what really gets me is the lack of knee wrinkles, though. I always have knee wrinkles, but in these leggings, they are much minimized! I also love the tummy-smoothing wide waistband and the sleek look of the side without a seam!


For the Avery leggings, Helen recommends "four-way stretch knits with at least 70% stretch horizontally and vertically." For this pair, I used a performance knit from Joann that met those specs... I think it's this one. This fabric works great! 


I also made two other pairs with fabric that had the requisite horizontal stretch, but not quite enough vertical stretch. One was this stretch french terry and the other a "jegging" knit, both from Joann. They both worked pretty well, but they don't come up as high at the waist, and I do find that I prefer the fit of this version the best. I really want to make a pair from bamboo or rayon lycra jersey for the ultimate comfy leggings!


I really love how these leggings look, and how easy and quick they were to sew, even with the gusset, which I often find quite fiddly. Something about the triangular shape of this gusset, combined with Helen's clear instructions, make it unfussy to sew.

I'll admit I don't typically relish taking photos of pants or leggings on myself because I am self-conscious about my thunder thighs, but methinks these look pretty hot! Paired here with my quilted knit Toaster Sweater 2 on a windy day!

19 comments:

  1. Those look really good! I would be interested to know more about the fabric you used. The link doesn't seem to work.

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    1. Oh no, you’re right, it doesn’t appear to be working anymore. It was a space dye performance knit, poly spandex blend.

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    2. Thanks so much! I will look for some as soon as the snow clears!

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  2. Love them! They look great on you!

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  3. These are awesome! I was wondering if I need this pattern...and I think I very well might!

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    1. It's a good one! I haven't made a ton of leggings, but of the pairs I have made, these are on the top of the list!

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  4. These look fantastic on you, Meg! I have been wanting to make leggings both for lounging and for working out and the fact that these have a crotch gusset sold me right away. I’m excited to make these!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! It's a great pattern and the easiest crotch gusset I've sewn!

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  5. Great work, Meg. Bought the pattern last night; think I'll try an XL also. Looking around in the stash for any and all fabrics I can make these in. Thank you for being so generous with pics and sharing. <3

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    1. Thanks!! Good luck with your Avery leggings!!

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  6. You are gorgeous! I say that as someone with th the same body shape as yours, so you know it’s true. :) I just bought my Averys today and can not wait to make them soon.

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  7. You may have convinced me to sew leggings! These are super!

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    1. Thanks so much!! It's fun to sew them because they're so quick and you can customize them to your liking!

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  8. These look comfy and will work in a variety of ways. I have several legging patterns but they do not have the gusset and so in the end product has a funny feel...

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    1. They're super comfy!

      Interestingly, not many of my store bought pairs have gussets and I never noticed. I think if you're doing stretchy things, gusset is a must-have, but for everyday wear, I'm not convinced they're necessary.

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  9. You know, someone commented on the lack of knee wrinkles on my post! I wonder what the magic is? Secure waist and secure ankles, so things don't pool at the knee? Your pairs are all great!

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    1. Thanks!! I'm not sure what the knee wrinkle magic is. I always have knee wrinkles, but they are greatly reduced in the Avery.

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