Pattern Company: Seamster Smart Sewing Patterns
Sexy yet practical, these tights & stockings are so comfortable you’ll want to wear them all the time: under your favorite skirts, out running, or in for a fun night at home.
The foot features a triangle that gracefully curves to a point at the heel, leading the eye to the seam running up the back of your leg. The seam on the foot has been placed on the top instead of the bottom so you can comfortably wear your tights with shoes. With separate pattern pieces for the foot & cuff or waistbands, you can have fun color blocking or can easily replace a worn sole.
The Rose Hip Tights come with three different options of high rise tights, low rise tights & thigh high stockings. The pattern has also been shaped at the butt, thighs & calves to give you a more comfortable & flattering fit. With just three to four pattern pieces you can quickly whip up a pair on a regular sewing machine or serger to match every outfit in your wardrobe.
For hips sized 33″ to 50″ (altho with stretchy fabric, they would fit larger hips).
I made mine from fabric that had 70% stretch crosswise and 50% stretch lengthwise. According to the instructions, a 32″ inch inseam (me) works with 50% lengthwise stretch, so I made no alterations for length. I went down a size (2XL to XL) to accommodate the “extra” stretch crosswise. My foot is a size smaller than my hips, but because I went down a size for crosswise stretch, I lucked out and didn’t have to do any grading to match my foot (XL). The foot size changes with lengthwise stretch.
The instructions are good. It’s really, really important to follow them to get the fit. If your eyes rolled up into your head after reading (while reading?) my comments on getting the right sizing, then maybe this pattern isn’t for you. This is the only tedious part to the pattern. It isn’t difficult, but you must take your time, write things down, and double check.
As for sewing, the instructions are, also, good. The sewing is really simple, and the clear, well illustrated, step-by-step instructions make constructing the tights a piece of cake.
I used a purple knit with a silver stripe from my stash. I think a sewing friend gave it to me, but I’m not sure where it came from. It feels like it has cotton in it, and it has good recovery.
I chose to make the low rise version. The pattern also comes with thigh-high socks and regular rise tights. My front rise is very, very short. The middle of the waistband on the low rise version hits me mid-waist.
The low rise version is a tad short in the back rise. That is, for low rise, they are fine, but I want the waistband to come to my waist.
I could use a little more room in the inner thigh; this is typical for me, and the ankles are loose (but I don’t care).
The feet fit great. It is really nice to NOT have my toes being squeezed because the tights are barely long enough for my legs or the foot isn’t long enough. In RTW, I have a problem with the legs being too short and the feet too short.
I wore the tights for about 30 minutes. It was nice to not be constantly pulling up my tights.
I would like to make more. It will take planning. I don’t have a lot of solid colored clothing to wear with wild tights. I don’t have a lot of the right fabrics in my stash.
I highly recommend the pattern.