A Review of the FREE Peg Legs PDF Pattern by Patterns for Pirates.
I have been intending to try the Peg Legs Leggings for a long time, its a FREE pattern and always well recommended on the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group. I suppose the real reason I haven't previously made them is because I didn't need to - I do like to sew a lot but I do try to only make items that I actually need. Exceptions to this rule are when I am testing an item for a pattern designer although in those instances I will only test something that I like and know I will wear.
The Peg Legs are a classic fit with two rise options and four lengths:
Patterns for Pirates describe the Peg Legs as:
... a beginner friendly pattern which can be used for work out, lounging or dressing up! The classic tight fit leggings pattern works with 4-way stretch knit fabrics and take you from pjs, the gym, under dresses, everyday errands, and even a night out! Make them solid or a fun trendy print to fill your closet full of comfortable, easy bottoms!
colour blocked side panel
side panel waistband pocket
contoured high waistband
side panel patch pocket
I wanted to make a pair of simple leggings to wear under dresses. I chose to make a black pair with no pockets. I opted to make the bike length which gives a finished inseam of 9.5". I also added the contour waistband from the Add-On pattern.
The Peg Legs pdf instructions are easy to follow although I do find the styling of the tutorial very busy to the eye. There are links in the instructions to blog posts to help with measuring and adjusting length and you can also view the Peg Legs 101 post for lots of help and a video of the construction.
The measurement chart put me in a XL - this sizing worked out just right for me and the Peg Legs are a really comfortable fit. The sizes included are XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, Plus 1X, Plus 2X and Plus 3X which is a great size range. I love the contoured waistband - I find this style of leggings the most comfortable as they don't roll down.
This version of the Peg Legs that I chose to make only has three paper pattern pieces and is a very quick sew. Sew the inseam and crotch curve, add the waistband and hem - done. This pair was a test really but they are most definitely wearable and will be perfect to wear under dresses. I could use a power mesh to line the contour waistband to make leggings with 'control' and if I used an athletic fabric these leggings would be perfect for yoga.
I used my serger for all the seams of the Peg Legs except the waistband which I basted to the legs first before serging to ensure that the seams were laying flat and there were no tucks. There is the option to topstitch the waistband but I didn't feel the need seeing as these leggings would be worn under a dress. I used my Twin Stitch Needle to hem the legs - this produces a stretch stitch but also neatly encloses the raw edge on the inside of the hem.
Final Thoughts: Love them!! I want to make more bike length versions in different colours and if I can get some stretch lace I think that would be a super finish to add to the hem. There are so many options with this pattern that I can see me making versions all year round.