I am sorta obsessed with these rainbow striped leggings! The fabric is awesome and so it this pattern. I have sewn a lot of the colored blocked version of the Candy Pants, but this was my first time with the solid version. I decided to go with the solid option because matching all the stripes along the sides would made me so crazy. I decided to sacrifice the pockets for sanity and I am not mad about it.
I decided to go with the ankle length leggings. This worked out perfectly because I had exactly one yard of these rainbow stripes. I used the size 2X for the from belly and XL for the back. I cut the high rise because I like my leggings pulled up to hold everything in place. I added the full gusset. Additionally, I removed 1 inch from the length at the thigh just above the knee to account for my lack of height. 🙂 I used a black scrap of athletic fabric for the waistband and sewed elastic in to add more security for gym day!
I have sewn a lot of Candy pants and these are the most like compression leggings I buy. This fabric was a fair bit heavier and thicker than ones I have made before so I absolutely will get more. I suggest selecting a higher weight fabric is you want more of a compression fit. Plus like any pants, I suggest making a mock up so you know which person adjustments you need to make before using the “good” fabric. Just make a mock up with a similar weight.
I would love to tell you where this rainbow fabric is from, but I received it from the Jessica Cee collection so the world may never really know. 🙂
Don’t mind me, I am just over here celebrating another great Love Notions pattern being updated to more inclusive sizing. The Resolution bottoms come with several style options so you can have the proper comfy pants for all occasions. Sizing now includes thru 59.5 inch hip. Thank you Love Notions for working on being more inclusive!
I didn’t think I needed another knit pant pattern, but it turns out I was wrong. *GASP* I really love the fit of these. I made a mock up prior to cutting my Liverpool fabric. I needed to make a bit of a length adjustment which is not unusual for me. Otherwise, my pants are exactly as drafted. My inseam is 27 inches which means I always have to adjust the length of pants. This pattern includes 5 different fit options. So now your toughest choice will be which one to make first.
Bootcut yoga pants
Straight cut yoga pants
I started with making the straight leg yoga pant with the contoured waistband. Plus the large pockets because why wouldn’t you add pockets? I wanted some comfy black pants which looked dressy, but are super comfortable. I am a huge fan of secret pajamas and this is 100% on point! My fabric is a solid black Liverpool that I picked up at Hobby Lobby not too long ago. I lucked out and there was just over two yard of fabric on the bolt which is perfect for a pair of pants with large pockets.
As I am typing this up, I am washing fabric from my next pair. I have a glorious Brushed Jacquard print from Stitchin’ Pretties in the washer. I am about to sew up the coziest joggers ever and can’t wait to put them on. This will be my first time working with Jacquard and I can’t wait to tell you all about it and show them off.
This outfit began because Laura at Stitchin’ Pretties shared a flat photo of this gorgeous rib knit and then tempted me by saying the plaid DBP is the free coordinate if you buy two yards of the rib knit. I swooped in on that deal.
I knew I wanted a tunic length sweater and comfy pants so I set my sights on the Annabeth and the Candy pants. I have made both of these patterns multiple times and knew they were quick sews, are comfortable to wear and look great.
Raglan style sleeves
Solid or color-blocked options
Hidden front pocket or kangaroo pocket
Short or long sleeves that can be hemmed or finished with a band
Regular sweatshirt top length or tunic length with a lower hem in the back
Hem is finished with a band
Standard cuffs or a NEW thumbhole cuff option
Crewneck or cross over hood
Regular bodice or full bust adjustment (FBA) bodice
Sizes XXS – 5X
Tess is the name of the mustard rib knit. The texture is lovely as it has both smaller and wider ribs. I actually like this more than the solid narrow ribs as it adds interest. I appreciate that it is more gold than bold. The weight and texture of this fabric really is perfect. It sewed up so easily and really looks lovely. I am planning to spend a lot of time in this one during winter!
I was sure to get an extra yard of the plaid because I needed pants! Has anyone else noticed how many great plaids I have sewn from Stitchin’ Pretties? Let me remind you really quick!
OK Back to my new Candy Pants! This is the yoga style pants in the pattern with an encased elastic band. I shortened the overall length by 2 inches and will most likely hem this one more inch. I removed length from the thigh as well and the calf area. I even made a fair effort line up my plaid prints to avoid the dreaded “Ready to Wear” look. Since I have been sewing I can’t stand to have my plaids and stripes super off alignment.
Women’s sizes XXS – 5XL
Yoga Pants or Leggings
Solid or Colorblocked versions for both yoga pants and leggings
Optional side pockets (to be used with the colorblocked version)
7 Lengths: 2″, 5″ and 7″ shorts, pedal pusher, capri, ankle and long
4 rises: High, Mid, Low and Extra Low/Maternity
Regular waistband options include exposed elastic, regular knit, foldover yoga band and contour
Maternity waistband options include full overbelly panel, contour, regular knit and foldover yoga band
Full, half or no gusset options
I even used my scraps to make a matching pair of RAD lucky undies! Did you check out my video on how to make them? Just click on the photo below to check it out!!
Psst I am sharing pants again…Candy Pants!!! I told you, I am on a mission for the perfect fit. These pants are pretty much awesome sauce out of the gate! For both pairs I made, I used the yoga pants pattern which is a little wider in the leg than the leggings options. Oh wait! Did I say options?!?! How about we switch things up here and start with all the options. We know 5oo4 always loads up on the options!
For my fit test pants, I made the 4x waist with the legs graded down to the 3x. I found the legs a little snug for a yoga pant. I think in testing I told Rachelle that “they gets stuck on my legs.” LOL meaning the were a little clingy at my knee and calf. You can see in the side by side photos that the black with rust floral print is a bit weird at my knee and calf compared to the navy with colorful floral print. Ahh improving my pants fitting game. This is why we do a muslin, so we know what works, what needs improved, and how to best good our good fabric.
I chose to use the full gusset for both pair of pants. A gusset in pants is added for a little extra room in the crotch. Usually a full gusset is used in athletic pants so there is a little more room for doing squats and stuff. 🙂 I just don’t like tight fitting anything! This pattern can be made with a full, without the gusset or with a half gusset. The first time I botched a gusset was another 5oo4 pattern. The Rip Tide Shorts. They worked out fine, but after watching the video in the pattern, I did it right the first time!
These pants turned out super comfy and I will need to add a bunch of them to my closet as well as some shorts for wearing under all my dresses. By the way, did I tell you how quickly these came together. No outside leg seam makes them super speedy and one less annoyance for folks with sensory issues.
I *Think* the black with rust flower print is from Sew Blessed and the Navy with colorful ones is from Ksews. Both companies have loads of great deals, quick shipments and are lovely with customer service.
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