Fade to Black

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall

Two nights ago, I had a weird dream that one of my co-workers read my blog and said, “Ebi, I like your skirts and all, but I’m bored. Do something different.” In response to that, I woke up and evaluated some exciting pants I’d thought about making.

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall

These are not those pants. :-p But they’re in the same vein: casual pants that can be worn to the office in a pinch. (I’d wanted to make these pants, but the fabric is too textured, so…back to the drawing board.)

M6173, Misses'/Miss Petite Pants and Leggings

These pants are actually leggings, from my first (and most beloved) TNT, McCall’s M6173. (On sale through the end of today, btw…) This is, by far, the easiest pattern to alter for fit that I’ve come across. It has two pattern pieces — one of which is a waistband — and it sews up in an hour and a half on a regular sewing machine. Doubtless half that time on a serger. I’ve made these leggings about ten times, but my supply has dwindled through wear and tear, because I wear them sooooo much.

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall

Technically, I made these leggings months ago, but they’re a great transition piece. Also, I get mondo compliments on them, because of the killer fabric I used to make them! Don’t tell anyone, but…I actually have more! And it’s ALL FOR ME. Yup, I’m selfish. :-p

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall

As mentioned above, I constructed these on my regular sewing machine. I used a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams, and overcast the raw edges with a wide zig zag stitch. I hemmed the ankle with a twin needle, and finished the waist with two layers of 2″ wide decorative elastic…because I forgot to cut a waistband. Hah! Not the greatest substitution, frankly — even tacked down it manages to twist and flip and it’s not really that comfortable. Eh. Evs.

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall flowers

As you can tell, I did this photo shoot outdoors. Looking back, I don’t know when I lost my taking photos outdoors mojo! I don’t know if these photos are better than my indoor photos, because there’s a much narrower range of poses. I’m not going to do my fun kooky poses out in public…I’m just not that brave/exhibitionist. Trade offs…

makingtheflame McCall's M6173 leggings black metallica transition summer fall

So this is my first official fall piece, what do you think? I wear tons of black/black and white/black and gold in the cold months, which trend you’ll definitely see as I build my fall wardrobe. I’m trying to work some blues and purples into the mix, but…don’t hold your breath!

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9 Comments

  1. I think that I have this same fabric or something similar and I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t really wear leggings unless it in the gym and not too much then. What I have is called an embossed knit made of polyester and Lycra. It has raised dots

    1. Hi Newbie! This is a great fabric — for example, you could line it with a jersey knit and make it into an eye-catching LBD, or as accent pieces on a jacket. It’s pretty distinctive, so anywhere it’s going to be highly visible is good.

      That being said, if your print is raised, I would not make it into pants unless your thighs don’t touch because friction will rub the texture off. Ask me how I know. ;-p

  2. Badass fabric, Ebi! It’s like stretchy sequin or something. I love how your leggings turned out edgy, flashy, and feminine at the same time. I’ve been avoiding sewing leggings – don’t know why – but, seeing yours is melting my fear.

    1. Najah, join the leggings club!!!! It’s fun! They’re so fast and easy, once you perfect the fit you’ll make ten in the blink of a weekend. (Give or take a few weekends.

  3. Nice combination. That fabric looks great **wink* hints on where to get it. And i remember those pants of yours. You encouraged me to buy that pattern. Didn’t regret buying it by the way. I think i made 2 or 3 for my 5ft 2″ 11yrs old daughter that’s still growing taller :) . I will be making more since those are already getting short on her though shes’ rolling it up as a Capri right now. :) :) Kids.

    1. Hi Bike! I wish I could give you hints, but I bought it last year at my local discount fabric store. I’ve seen some of her fabrics at stores in New York City, and occasionally on Fabricmart.com, but I haven’t seen more of this, alas

      So glad you got this pattern, it is the bees knees! After you make your daughter some pairs, make some for yourself. You will not regret it, these leggings are soooo comfy. I literally live in my leggings, they’re all I wear around the house and on the weekends (and occasionally to work, shhh don’t tell anyone!).

  4. Very cool fabric! I need to start making leggings for myself, too; they’re part of my cold-weather uniform. I love your cardigan–the outfit is very sharp!

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