The journey for these tights actually started almost 5 months ago when we set out to draft a really well fitting basic legging shape. We have a bit of a “thing” about saggy bum tights and really wanted to be able to offer a product that didn’t do that!
Other higher priority patterns came along, pushing these to the back burner, but as our pattern collection grew to include various tunics/tops we knew we wanted to pull them back out so we could offer a great option for full outfits.
These tights include 2 different waistband options. The first one is a fold over elastic band (a personal favourite method of ours for adding elastic waistbands to pants/leggings).
The second waistband option is a crossed over yoga band. We wanted to change it up a bit from a regular yoga band and really like the final look of this style! Plus, as an added bonus, our testers tell us it really helps the tights sit well around those toddler/kid bellies!
While the leg length of the tights doesn’t change, the yoga band does sit slightly higher on the belly than the fold over elastic. Both come to a great height and give coverage for that pesky “plumber bum”, but the slight difference in waist height is something to keep in mind depending on the style or pairings you’re looking for.
We’ve also recommended that while the rest of the tights can be made with 50% stretch fabric, the yoga band should use a 70% stretch fabric. We’ve made that band snug enough to help hold up the tights, but in some cases that doesn’t leave a lot of extra stretch to go up over the child’s bum (especially in cases where the hip measurement is a larger size on the size chart than the waist). 50% stretch fabric MAY still be possible when the HIP measurement (on the size chart) is the same or smaller than the corresponding waist measurement of your needed size.
These tights also come with 2 different length options. The shorts come to a bit above mid thigh.
The full length tights are available in 3 different options. A basic tight is the quickest sew of the 3 and who doesn’t love that?
If you want to take it up a notch, an optional separate lower panel adds the chance to colour block.
And finally, that lower panel can be made to have the added feature of peek-a-boo windows along the outseam.
These tights are on sale here until March 10. We hope you’ll love them as much as we do, and we can’t wait to see what you make and how you pair them!
See more about these tights in this post by Linsday of @PACountryCrafts.