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Not a Pattern Review: McCalls 6173 — Double Knit Leggings

2013 December 12
by elizabeth_admin

Susan of Knitter’s Delight turned me on to the  McCalls 6173 legging pattern recently.  Apparently she’s made scores of them.  Literally.  Since I jumped on the skinny jeans bandwagon, I may as well jump on the leggings bandwagon too.  Why not?  Who doesn’t want to see a middle aged woman in double knit leggings?

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When I was shopping with Susan recently at my local Yardage Town, I picked up the pattern, but they only had the larger sizes envelope.  I bought it thinking I could fit as I went.  But I made such extensive changes to make them fit, I won’t even bother reviewing the pattern formally.  I plan on getting the correct size though, because I think this is a super easy pattern to sew up in an afternoon.  I think I spent more time changing the thread on my serger and coverstitch than I did sewing these leggings up.

The pattern instructions and construction are super easy.  This is not a complicated pattern at all.  It’s one pattern piece.  For reals.  Super easy.  Because I had bought the large size, I  had to severely taper the legs from the thighs to the ankles.  I’m 5′ 4″, and I took off 2 inches on the length of the legs.  I probably chopped off from inner leg seam at the ankles in about a 1 5/8 inches  tapering to nothing at the upper thighs.  I could probably add some height at the waist in the back to accommodate my butt.  So for the ladies with flat butts, this is the pattern for you.  The crotch curve seems pretty decent, but hard for me to really confirm since it’s technically not the right size for me.

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I probably could have taken in the inner seam on the thighs a bit more aggressively.  They are a little baggy there for a legging.  I might fix that, but then again, I might not.  I’m not a big one for altering.  I would rather make a new garment or chew off my own arm than alter something.

At any rate, here are the pictures…

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I love the leggings and hope to make a bunch of them, just like Susan.

In other sewing news, I made another knit version of New Look 6035, but I haven’t taken pictures yet.  I made it in navy ponte to wear to a lunch yesterday.  I sewed it one size smaller and the fit is spot on now.  Love it!  I will post pictures tomorrow if I think of it.  I was able to sew it in a 1/2 hour, so this is really a quick way to increase your wardrobe.  I love wearing skirts with tights in the fall/winter.  This may be my go to “uniform” going forward.  Love it!

I love sewing with knits.  They’re so fast!

Happy sewing!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. December 12, 2013

    Cool! I can’t wait to see the future versions of this pattern!

  2. Karen permalink
    December 12, 2013

    They’re cute! I love the shirt, too. Did you make that?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      December 12, 2013

      Yes I did! It’s the Grainline Archer shirt. I want to make another right away.

      • Karen permalink
        December 16, 2013

        Love the color, the little peplum in the back, everything! I think I’ll have to make me one of those shirts!

  3. December 13, 2013

    You are so right that is a great pattern. I’ve made two pair of the ruched leg version and I love them muchly!

  4. December 13, 2013

    Nice! I avoided leggings for so long, but right now I am really digging them under a knit dress. Nice way to keep warm and look classy in the cold but not freezing California winter. Your version looks good for being the wrong size – you should definitely go to town and make a drawer full of these!

  5. January 20, 2014

    I have made these leggings up as slim trousers and they worked really well – and I made them in polar fleece – they are really so easy and comfortable to wear, and I think the slightly looser look is okay – relaxed at home, they work well :)

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