One of the projects on my 2017 Make Nine list is leggings, in fact I vowed this year would be the year of finding the most perfect-for-me pair of leggings ever. Well there’s no better motivator to start on that quest than teaming up a fabric company known for knits and testing what they have to offer. Girl Charlee Fabrics very kindly sent me some of their brand new 100% USA made knit fabric, as well as the Sloan Leggings by Hey June patterns. Here are my thoughts after working with both…
Oh, and p.s., this is a Lucille-heavy post if you’ve been missing her face lately 😉
First let’s talk about the fabric. BOLT by Girl Charlee is a new collection of wholesale knit fabrics that are 100% made in the USA from a preshrunk 95/5 combed cotton/spandex blend. It has a very soft feel with a good amount of stretch on both grains and is surprisingly warm for being a lighter weight knit.
I chose a really fun print from their Pure Vintage collection that features some of my very favorite colors in cute little Pennsylvania Dutch motifs. The artwork feels smooth on the surface of the fabric, not painted on like some other novelty print knits. It’s a multi-directional design, though you can’t tell because my pattern placement is really poor and all of my houses are upside down on the front – whoops!
This fabric is definitely better suited for comfy loungewear and sleepwear patterns, not for performance wear patterns, but it ended up being a great match for my Sloan leggings because they came out a little on the baggy side. I’ve read so many great reviews about Hey June patterns and I’ve seen a ton of Sloan leggings that fit really well on others but they weren’t the best cut for me unfortunately.
The waistband fits well but they’re drafted for a much more athletic build through the hips and thighs and I just don’t fill them out properly. I like them better as jammies anyways so I’m not that upset about it! I did attempt several pattern alterations, after this completed pair, to try and get a better fit but in the end I decided to keep the pattern on the cozy side and try a different pattern in case the mood ever strikes where I want to wear leggings as actual pants.
I cut the smallest size in the longest length and they’re definitely long! I’m not overly tall (5′ 7″) but all my RTW leggings are a tad more cropped than I’d like them to be. I figured cutting the longer length with Sloan might make them just right but they’re really scrunchy at the bottom, especially after I added a cuff to each hem. Since wearing them I’ve decided I really like the scrunchy look so I may cut my next pair of leggings the same way.
All in all I’m really happy with the way these leggings turned out! They’re super cozy and they’ve already gotten a lot of wear since I finished them last month. They’re perfect for lounging around with Lucille, plus they’re light in color so that’s an added bonus when you have a white-haired dog who likes to be in your lap more than anything else in this world 😉
Oh, did I mention there was a giveaway at the end of this post? Well there’s a giveaway! If you’d like a chance to win a $30 credit to GirlCharlee.com then keep reading for more details…
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Girl Charlee Giveaway!
If you’d like a chance to win a $30 credit to girlcharlee.com then leave one comment below (using your first name and a valid email address) and tell me what sewing project you’d like to make with knits this year! Comments will close Saturday (1/14/2016) at midnight EST, and I’ll announce one lucky winner in my blog post on Sunday! Good luck 🙂
Law Jargon: I received the fabric and the PDF pattern from Girl Charlee in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All views are my own. Etc etc.