Completed: Rose Hip Tights

5 Nov

Hey everyone! Before we get into the fun part of this post, a couple things that bear mentioning but don’t quite warrant their own post:
– Have you signed up to join The Sewing Party yet? The party starts on November 8 (this Saturday!), where over 30 educators will be teaching a plethora of online classes – including sewing a tank top, bra making, intro to sewing knits, and cross stitch (those last two were actually shot here in Nashville, in the same place/same day I filmed my class! Check out Devon’s post if you want some ~insider info~). I’ll be participating with my own class – Apparel Zippers 101! In my segment, I’ll show y’all how to insert both lapped and invisible zippers, how to deal with facing/lining, and what types of zippers are suitable for what garments. The classes are viewable for 90 full days after the day of the actual party, so no worries if you can’t watch them all in one day! Who else is going to The Sewing Party? Have you seen the trailer for my class yet? EEP.
– Speaking of sewing classes – and Jennifer! – I’m excited to announce that I’ll be back at WORKROOM SOCIAL again to teach another round of the Weekend Pants-Making Intensive on March 21-22! YES! I am SO excited about this; the last class I taught there was ridiculously fun and I met so many awesome ladies that weekend (and, you know, crotch-grabbing). Can’t wait to come back and do it again (and hit up the Garment District while I’m at it, because, obviously.). You can see all the details of the class on the website, but the general gist – it’s a 2 day class, which includes snacks & lunch, use of all machines & tools in the studio, plus the tuition itself – where we we will be covering basic pants-fitting, installing the front fly, pockets and waistband, and little sewing tips and tricks for increasing speed and accuracy. It’s going to be INSANELY fun and I’m so excited! The space will fill up fast, so get your registration in before the class sells out! Who else is coming to our PANTS PARTY? 😀
– US Readers – if haven’t already done so, don’t forget to throw your name in the hat for the Love at First Stitch giveaway! Entries close on Friday, so you still have time 🙂

Ok! Now for the make! This might qualify for one of the most random things I’ve ever made for myself (my hairstylist busted out laughing when I told her my plans for these – thank god she hadn’t started cutting my bangs yet! Ha!) – tights!

Not leggings or stirrup pants (I saw somewhere a couple of years ago that those might be making a comeback? Huh? Can someone please tell me if stirrup pants are about to a thing again?) – but, like, actual literal tights. Pantyhose. Whatever you call those things that completely cover your feet like there are socks attached to them. I MADE THOSE THINGS.

Rose Hip Tights

So why make your own tights? Well… why not? Personally, I wanted something with wool so that I could use them to layer and stay warm in the winter (either layered under my pants – like long underwear – or layered under a thinner pair of tights and worn with a skirt. I’m so cold-blooded that I’m practically reptilian, so I’m always looking for new ways to stay warm in the winter.). I love wool tights, but those things are expensive. Plus, you’re limited to the colors and styles that are available in stores – which, depending on where you shop, could mean you get a shitty selection. No thank you!

Rose Hip Tights

So I made my own. Surprisingly, they were REALLY easy and fast to make – the hardest part is choosing fabric, since you want something with a good 4 way stretch and a superb recovery (otherwise you’ll end up with baggy tights – this means no cotton or rayon, unless there’s a loooot of spandex thrown in the mix). For the pattern, I used the Rose Hip Tights from Seamster Patterns. I’ve been eyeballing this pattern ever since it came out – first, with curiosity (“Do I want to make something like that?”), later, with lust (“God, I wish I could just make some fucking wool tights!”), and last month I finally went ahead and bought it. I was apprehensive at first, because I had NO idea how these were going to come together – or if they’d even be wearable – but my experience with Mari’s patterns in the past have been nothing but positive, so I trusted. I trusted hard and Mari did not let me down.

Rose Hip Tights

First of all, the instructions on this pattern are crazy good. There were a few parts where I scratched my head for a couple of minutes before it made sense, but for the most part – everything is very clearly laid out, with great diagrams included. The instructions don’t just cover construction, by the way. They also cover fabric selection and alterations – finally, I could make tights that are actually the right length (can I get a halleluiah up in here?). For fabric selection, you need a knit with a 4 way stretch and good recovery, and your stretch percentage will determine what size you cut. There’s a little chart to help you determine stretch percentage, if you don’t know that for your particular fabric (I didn’t, nor did I know how to calculate it, so that was very helpful!). For this fabric – which is a lightweight wool knit I bought from Paron’s while I was in NYC in August – I had a 75% 4 way stretch, so I cut the size 2XS and shortened the legs. I don’t remember exactly how much I shortened the legs, sorrrrry (it’s been about a month since I made these), but I based the length off a pair of RTW tights that does fit me correctly. I also used maths, calculating my stretch percentage with the length. They ended up perfect. I am so tickled.

Like I said, the construction part was NOT bad! These came together super quickly, everything matched up, and everything fit. That’s pretty impressive! I used my serger to whip everything together – the only change was that I changed to a 3 thread overlock instead of my usual 4 thread overlock (I figured the 3 thread would be a little less bulky, and I was right!).  I think these were finished in about 20 minutes. Forreal. Even the gussets were easy to sew, which – if you’ve ever sewn a gusset in something woven, you know that’s quite a feat. Fortunately, knits are very forgiving and you can just stretch them into submission if need be. Which is exactly what I did!

Rose Hip Tights

AND JUST LIKE THAT, I MADE TIGHTS.

Rose Hip Tights

There are some interesting design details in this pattern (I’d love to show y’all a photo of them without the skirt, but, um, last I checked, I get a lot of fetishists creeping on my site & Flickr and I don’t want to fuel the fire any more than I apparently already am SORRY GUYS); it’s not just a plain pair of tights. The foot is formed with the seam on top (so it doesn’t irritate your foot to walk on it – genius!) and across the toes, and then it V’s into a back seam that runs all the way to the top. There is a gusset at the crotch for comfort. The pattern includes options for a low rise, a high rise, and thigh-highs, plus the foot gusset means you can colorblock the hell out of these for some mega fun tights. I made the high rise version, and omitted the optional elastic at the waist.

Rose Hip Tights

For my second pair, I used this awesome printed lace from Funki Fabrics. I LOVE the way these turned out, at least appearance-wise. They are soo pretty, and since the lace is printed – they are very opaque and warm!

Rose Hip Tights

The print is too busy to really showcase the seams up the back, but, whatever. They’re still pretty cool!

Rose Hip Tights

Unfortunately, the fit on these is not as good as the fit on my grey pair 😦 This is 100% my fault, as I did not calculate the stretch percentage of the fabric before cutting it – I just assumed it would be the same. This fabric is very stretchy – but it’s not the same 75% stretch as my grey fabric. More like 50%. Because of this, the tights are PRETTY FREAKING SNUG. It’s like wearing shapewear! I would almost be ok with that, except that they’re also a little too short (again, stretch percentage calculation error on my part). I can get them on – but it’s a pretty intense struggle, and they really just aren’t comfortable because the crotch hangs too low 😦 It’s not the end of the world – I can gift them to my smaller/shorter preteen niece, or even turn them into thigh-highs – but, ugh. Learn from my mistakes, y’all. All knits are not created equal!

Rose Hip Tights

Anyway, I had a fun time sewing the second pair – the lace ones (well, I had fun sewing the gray pair too, but more in a ~learning~ sense). I took them with me to the Open Sewing Lab that I run at The Fabric Studio here in Nashville (I like to bring a simple project with me so I can be doing something if no one needs me – I always hated having teachers who breathed down my neck! Give me some space, lady!), and everyone was laughing hysterically at how small they were while they were being constructed. I mean – they do have to stretch a LOT to fit properly, but they still look insanely tiny when not on a body. At least I got them on when they were finished! Barely! haha!

Rose Hip Tights

Rose Hip Tights

Rose Hip Tights

I just love all the little details on these tights – especially how ridiculous the foot looks when there’s not a foot in it 🙂

So yep, that’s it! I’m anxious to try more tights – I’d love to have them in black, brown, and dark grey (the tight colors I wear most), and I’d LOVE to try these with something textured or cabled, or even a full-on sweater knit! Sweater tights! Yesss!! If anyone knows where I can get wool knit with a 4 way stretch of at least 50% (but preferably 75%), holler! Most of the merinos I have are only 2 way stretch 😦 I’m also curious to try some tights in super crazy fabric – such as this awesomeness?! I love celebrating Halloween year-round, ha! What about you? Would you ever make your own tights? Did I just change your mind? 🙂

Oh, and yes, that’s a Mabel skirt I’m wearing. I wanted to show y’all how it looks with a shorter tshirt –  I think the overall balance of my silhouette looks MUCH better, don’t you think? A bunch of y’all were equally mystified with how to style these skirts, and so at least one answer! It’s amazing how much better it looks with the slightly shorter shirt hem, yeah? Also, I didn’t make that tshirt, although I did hem and size it down to fit me better (which is something I do with most of my tshirts, just because the out-of-the-box shape doesn’t tend to be very flattering on me).

Disclaimer: I received the lace knit fabric from Funki Fabrics in exchange for a review.

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65 Responses to “Completed: Rose Hip Tights”

  1. francescapia November 5, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Wowie! Super duper tights! They look amazing! And now I am eager to get on with trying them – bought the pattern end of last winter as i am also reptilian and have spent a fortune on merino tights from Falke, Wolford (Falke are better) and Asos…. thanks for the inspiration and reminder! Wondering if my usual way of sewing knits on a sewing machine will work, though – don’t have a serger and don’t think I ever will :(. I love that tshirt – you’ve adjusted it to perfection:). I never wore a T without adjusting it either:).

    If stirrup pants are in again, I am so glad I don’t do “in”. double yuck.

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 7:18 am #

      Oh, I’m sure you can sew these on a sewing machine as you sew other knits. You might need to adjust your stitch/tension to account for 4 way stretch (if you haven’t already done so), but it should be fine 🙂 I just use my serger because – well, it’s there, so why not? Haha!

  2. lilysageandco November 5, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Simply awesome. I’m saving this post…finding great tights is a never ending nemesis for me. And finding awesome extra long pairs isn’t simple either. I do struggle with finding fab fabric online – I must check out funki fabrics now though, having seen your lace version….amazing.

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      They have got some AMAZING fabrics – fun (and well-fitting) tights could be in your future 😀

  3. Indoor Kitty November 5, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    I am in love with these. I always have the baggy crotch problem. (So much so that I have a pair of smartwool tights that I once put a handful of spare change in each toe to try and stretch the legs.) Please, please please post links if you find Marino that works. I want.

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      I will be sure to report back if I find any! Merino is my favorite; I’d love to have even some basic black tights made from the stuff (and obviously made by me 😉 ).

  4. Loren November 5, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    LOVE those tights, I’m still not brave enough to try my own, but you could probably cut the toes off the second pair and have a decent pair of leggings.
    Also that skirt is the best, somehow I missed the original post about it but I own a couple similar ones (from cheapo box stores) that I love to wear with cropped sweaters. I may need to invest in the pattern for that one.

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      I may try that, undecided as of yet because I really don’t wear leggings except for loungewear/exercise gear (and these are preeeeetty snug – so they’re not really suitable for those purposes! Ha!). I love the Mabel skirt! You should definitely try it, it’s such a quick and satisfying project!

  5. Andie L. November 5, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    I keep going back to Rose Hip tights, but I don’t see a lot of people blogging about them. My issue with tights is that I am short and fat and usually the fashion industry makes things for tall and fat so all my tights go up to my nose and my the end of the day bag around my ankles. Stupid fashion industry! Short fat girls need to be warm, too! I love your versions and am so happy to hear that there is a fabric guide in the pattern. I think I might have to finally take the plunge and get this. 🙂 I think you should definitely get the spiderweb print! It would be so awesome!

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      I figure the tights might be like underwear (well, I guess some people consider tights to be underwear so that’s not a far off comparison) – it’s hard to model them on the internet without feeling SUPER self-conscious, and it’s also hard to write about them without pictures! So maybe that’s why there aren’t a bunch of reviews 🙂

      I hear ya on the size/height deal. I have ALWAYS wondered why the bigger sizes just keep getting taller… like, does the industry not think that bigger girls can be short, too? My sister was very tall and thin when she was a teenager, so, opposite problem, but frustrating for her nonetheless.

    • senjiva November 9, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Andie, I have the exact same problem! If you have a serger/overlocker, you can make a new toe seam by serging off a bit of the excess length. As for the top part, I just pull them up as far as I can and hope they stay there!

  6. Nicole November 5, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Thank you, this is so great! I have a lot of scars on my legs, so I pretty much live in tights year round. It’s always a pain to find a pair that fits well, it never occurred to me that I could sew them til now. Yours turned out so well that I’m going to give these a try.

  7. weefrills November 5, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Wow! So impressed you made tights!

  8. Melody November 5, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Wait.

    Fuck.

    Wait a moment. So you mean there’s a pattern out there that means I can make some goddamn seamed tights that aren’t going to make me freeze my non-existant balls off?

    FUCK.

    Your tights are goddamn awesome.

    • LLADYBIRD November 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      YEP! Just blew your mind a little, didn’t I? 🙂

  9. Kelly November 5, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Dude, these are fricking awesome! I love that rose print fabric. I am all about the fleece lined tights for the winter – so toasty! I feel your pain with the ones that are two short – I have a pair of skeleton leggings I made years ago for halloween, and when I put them on this year, I remembered they are not as stretchy as they should be, and spent the whole night pulling them up! Incidentally, they also have stirrups…maybe you could cut the feet of the print ones, and have them sort of as leggings, but tights…I’ve got a couple of pairs of tights like that, but I always wear them with boots and thick socks anyway, so the lack of feet doesn’t matter. That might give you the extra room you need for them to be long enough.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:32 am #

      I LOVE my fleece lined tights! If I can find that fabric in the raw, I would totally make more. That’s a good idea about the stirrups… although i don’t know if i can bring myself to wear those the second time around. Wearing them the first time was traumatizing enough, ha.

      • Kelly November 6, 2014 at 8:04 am #

        Ah no I didn’t mean give them stirrups, just make them footless 🙂 you could even trim the bottoms with a bit of lace or something. Also, you seriously have to stop making me want to make things that I had never even realised I had a desire to make!

  10. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs November 5, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Loooove the tights! Nice work! There is nothing nicer than a pair of nice, warm tights that don’t have a control top. I have a major vendetta against control top tights. 😄

    As soon as my sewing queue gets a little less crowded, I’m trying these… I want to shamelessly rip these off: http://verypurpleperson.com/2014/05/selfish-sewing-week-rose-hip-tights/

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:32 am #

      I hate control tops, too! And man, Novita’s Rose Hip tights are some of my favorites that I’ve seen 😀

  11. CGCouture November 5, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Man! It sucks that the lacy ones didn’t really work, because they are *awesome*! If you find a source for the fabric, be sure to let us know. Tights are the bane of my existence–damn you long slim legs with big thighs!!

  12. Michelle November 5, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    It beyond cool to have the option to wear patterned tights. I love this whole outfit combination. It works really well together.

  13. Becky November 5, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    These are awesome, Lauren. So, I have fabric questions. Was the gray pair wool/spandex? What was the other pair – poly/spandex? I am wondering if scuba knit would work; I bet they would be very warm. What do you think? I can never find a pair that fits. Obviously, I am not within the “average” size they use for tights. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      The grey pair is wool and spandex, I think. It was on a pile of fabrics are Paron’s and the label just said “wool,” but there’s enough stretch+recovery that there must also be some spandex in there. The lace fabric is spandex activewear. I’ve never tried (or even touched, for that matter) scuba knit, so I can’t comment on whether or not it would work – but if it’s a 4 way stretch with a good recovery, it should be fine 🙂

  14. christinehaynesdotcom November 5, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    awesome! I feel like this was the year that all the bloggers branched out and starting sewing all those things we never think to sew: bras, undies, and now, tights! this is something I never considered making, but you’ve definitely convinced me! for the fabric, did you check with The Fabric Store? they have a shop here in LA (plus in NZ and AUS) and they have loads of wool knit so there’s a chance they’d have a 4-way stretch option. well done!!!

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      That would be me! I love branching out 😀

      As far as The Fabric Store – I’ve heard about their merino, but to be honest, I REALLY hate that you have to phone in and request samples. Sometimes I just want to be lurky on prices and colors, which is easier when there’s a website. Once the samples go out, I kind of feel obligated to purchase regardless of whether or not I actually want the product 😦 That being said – since I’m looking for something very specific with the 4 way stretch, it might be worth a call just to inquire 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Teri November 5, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Wow!!!! Tights…, who knew. They look awesome. I’ve seen a couple patterns and keep asking myself if this is something I want to try. I think it could be fun to try a pair. I heard an ugly rumor that stirrup pants were coming back, but I haven’t seen them in stores yet. I really hope not, that was a nightmare experience. They definitely weren’t made for women with long legs, I always felt like my crotch was down around my knees. And I am totally bummed that I didn’t know about all these sewing labs when I lived in Clarksville, You are seriously making me homesick, lolz. Oh well, one day I’ll be back where they have lots of fabric stores and I can actually see and feel what I’m buying. They’re not big on fabric stores here in New Mexico. We have a tiny Jo-Ann’s that carries very little knit stock so I have to buy everything online.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      You’ll just have to come back and have a sewing session with us 🙂 And of course, buy lots of fabric! What, me enable? 🙂

  16. Lola November 5, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    yesterday i discovered how to get the compression tights effect on a serger.. so duh i was like how would these tights look with that … did you know there’s a whole subreddit dedicated to girls in tights.. its pretty ridiculous..not that im on it..i just found it googling something unrelated once

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      I believe it. I feel like 20% of my day is spent blocking people on Flickr for the same reason. I don’t have a problem with anyone’s fetish, to each their own (I mean, obviously as long as it’s not hurting anyone), but I also don’t want to be a part of it. Meh.

  17. Anna November 5, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    This is AWESOME! I am always looking for tights but never finding the right fabric/fit so this would be a great substitute and get to design with fun fabric patterns.

  18. Louise November 5, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    They are officially wicked! Love them…

  19. Alice November 5, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Tights!!! I saw this pattern on verypurpleperson’s blog ages ago and totally forgot about it, but I just got my knits machine back from the repair center and need some quick easy projects. I love tights and wear them to death and can never afford to replace them, so maybe this is the answer! I really like those lacy ones, it’s too bad they’re too small…

  20. Johanna Imhoff November 5, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Oh, man..I wore SO many stirrup pants when I was a kid. Stirrup pants paired with patterned turtlenecks…ugh. Never again! If anyone gives you crap about wearing spiderweb tights year-round, you could just tell them you’re a proud arachnologist and spout off some factoid about the number of web-building spiders in North America, or perhaps say that wearing them is part of your therapy to conquer your arachnophobia. Did you find your grey wool at Funki Fabrics as well? I re-read your post but missed that detail. When I’ve searched for RTW wool tights, there have been only one to two color choices and they’re unbelievably expensive so I definitely want to make my own. Plus the RTW fit thing doesn’t really work for me enough to spend that much money on a pair of tights.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      The grey wool is from Paron’s in NYC 🙂 I WISH Funki Fabrics sold grey stretch wool; I’d snap up the whole lot!

  21. Sarah Kate Creations November 5, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Love that she shirt! And I truly, deeply, hope that stirrup pants DO NOT come back into style. Sorry if that breaks your heart a bit, you seemed hopeful. The tights are fabulous.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      hahaha nooo, quite the opposite! Stirrup pants need to stay in the past where they belong. I hated those things!

  22. Rachel November 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    You sewed tights!?! They turned out really cool!

  23. Nilla November 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    The lace knit is sooo pretty! Too bad they don’t fit properly 😦 And no, I would never have thought of sewing my own tights, but now it doesn’t seem crazy at all.

  24. Amy November 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    You’ve got me convinced. I’m going to make tights!

  25. Megan November 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Wow, I love these! Looks like I’ll be adding another pattern to my wishlist!

  26. sweetvanessaleigh November 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    This is the ultimate DIY Tights are so hard to fit properly for me! Great share, Thanks!

  27. Miss J November 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Wait now, you can make tights?!! WTH!!
    Really!!! Impressed doesn’t cover it! Roll on self sufficient wardrobe!!! Thanks for the post.

  28. JamieLMac November 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Love the tights. My fav was the printed ones. They would look totally hot if you did them in black with a seam up the back vintage style.

    You mentioned the garmet district… A friend and I are taking a crazy bus trip over to NYC and we get 13hrs to run around like nuts. We both want to head to the garmet district and I was wondering what you recommend to hit.

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      Pretty much anywhere in the Garment District is worth checking out:) I personally like Mood Fabrics, Metro Textiles, Chic Fabrics, Fabrics for Less, Pacific Trimming, and Paron’s. My biggest tip is to go on a weekday – most of those places are closed on the weekends, even on Saturday!

      • JamieLMac November 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

        Oh no!! Why!?! Well that just blows. That’s one of the whole reasons I wanted to go to NYC. I guess as long as one or two fabric places are open I should be happy but damn ya know?

  29. skellyshelly November 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Love these jammie bottoms! For Southwest Florida I would definitely have to make them in a light cotton and not that heavier weight fabric. PS: absolutely love all the skullies around your place!

  30. Tomasa November 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Both of your tights look great. I love the seaming on them.

  31. Nicole November 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Awesome possum! I’m right at the edge for the height division in between sizes so one size is too short and the next size up is too long. Doesn’t stop me from wearing them but it’s definitely an inconvenience.

  32. tworandomwords November 6, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    It’s not in the USA, but there’s a factory/shop in New Zealand (home of merino) called Levana (http://www.levana.co.nz/) that makes a lot of merino – and a few months ago they had merino-lycra with 4-way stretch (and it was on special for $15/m). I’m still not sure why I didn’t get more than I did.

    And, while it may not help with super-snug/short tights, I am always in the habit of wearing underpants OVER my tights. Despite being fat and tall, the XL tights still tend bag at the crotch for me and that does wonders for your comfort and ease of hoiking-them-up

    • LLADYBIRD November 6, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      Ah, I don’t know how you do the undie switch! My sister used to do that when we were kids, and it seemed SO uncomfortable (but, being that you’re tall – and she is too – that makes a little more sense. I don’t normally have a problem with them being too short since I’m a shrimp myself!).

      Thanks for the tip on Levana! Going to check them out now 😀

  33. Maggie November 6, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    These tights are awesome! I live in such a cold climate (and am short like you!) that I really should try these out. I will now go waste my day searching for fabric online 🙂

  34. Sewing Tidbits November 6, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Nice tights!! I wish I had any use for them, as the pattern looks super interesting… Just kidding, I HATE cold weather!! I think I have the same faux-lace fabric, I used it for a Nettie dress and a Shadi skirt.

  35. Patricia November 6, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I love the tights! Never thought about making my own until now. I am definitely ordering the pattern. I signed up for the sewing fun this weekend. Look forward to the classes!

  36. Katie Emma November 6, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I was just talking last night about the Pants Making Intensive class and how if it was being offered again I would want to fly in from Chicago to take it…going off to look at flights and convince my family members to crowd source the trip as my Christmas gift….

    • LLADYBIRD November 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Ooh, you should! Just lie and say you’ll use the new knowledge/skills to make them all pants; they can’t say no to that! 😉

  37. neoknits November 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I don’t think I would have ever thought about making my own tights! These are pretty amazing and the options are endless! Now I just need to get me a serger, stat! I’ll keep an eye out for 4 way merino in the hood.

    • LLADYBIRD November 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

      It’s a good excuse to buy a serer 😀 and YES, if you find any 4 way stretch knit (merino is king, but I’ll settle for non-merino!), pleeeease let me know! I will send you all of my money hahaha

  38. Annabelle November 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I would have considered it out of the question to ever sew tights. Somehow, after reading this post, I NEED to sew a pair of tights. Especially warm, wool tights. I love these. And yes, you should sew more of them!

  39. simplefibrelife November 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    Awesome tights! Too bad about the lace print ones. Hope you stay warm with these 🙂

  40. velosewer November 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    I’m still in awe that you’ve made your own tights. They’re not baggy and I know you’ll be warm all Winter.

  41. Heather M November 7, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Wow, another eye opener on what one can sew….Thanks!

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  3. Threading up your overlocker for tights! | StitchTalk.com - April 28, 2015

    […] have just come across this blog post by Lauren at Lladybird and it’s brilliant, as she explains that she only used a three thread overlock stitch to […]

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