Voila! Yet another pair of leggings that I pattern tested! These are the Avery leggings from Helen’s Closet, and they are another winner!
The Avery leggings have a wide faced yoke/waistband, with encased elastic at the top. I sewed the high rise version, but there is also an option with lower rise. There’s also a triangular gusset in the back, which was easy to sew once I actually looked at the instructions!
Sorry for the grumpy face here – it was cold and when I didn’t remember to smile, I ended up with this expression of “What am I doing out here without a coat?”
The faced waistband is a nice feature, because it give some extra support without being tight or uncomfortable. If you squint at this picture you can see I’ve just folded up the raw edge of the leg… I’m going to check if anyone I know needs a pair of athletic leggings before I hem them for my short stubby legs! I sewed the long length to be safe, but the short length leg would be perfect for me. (Update: These belong to a friend now, and she likes them so much that I bought her the pattern to sew herself!)
Why don’t I need these leggings myself when they fit so well? Well, these are the third pair of leggings I’ve sewn in this exact fabric! It’s a lovely polyester athletic knit from Len’s Mills.
Grey Leggings – Cake Espressos. A super simple leggings pattern that I’ve sewn for many people since I was a pattern tester in 2013, and because it is a connect-the-dots made-to-measure pattern, it fits everyone perfectly. Fits up into plus sizes.
Pink Leggings – Cashmerette Belmont. Size 12-28. Has an inner and out leg seam, and optional diamond-shaped gusset. The pattern also includes a cropped yoga pant style. Blogged here! I added 1″ to the back rise.
Blue Leggings – Helen’s Closet Avery. Wide yoke, two length options. Size XS-XXL. No adjustments.
To be honest, I’m shocked how well they all fit me! The all have a really similar above-the-belly-button rise on me, which I demand from my leggings… and they all stay in place throughout the day! Really, I think any of these patterns would be a great investment, so chose the style and size range that works best for you.
I’ll leave you with this:
My most recent attempt to look like I was working out while standing on an icy porch! I did do some lunges with my foot on the railing, but it was too bootylicious for this blog. I promise though, the range of motion was excellent!
I also want to thank Helen for using a gorgeous curvy model (her cousin, who looks foxy in her leggings!) for the first time. When I see a pattern modelled on someone my size (XXL) and on Helen, who I think wears an L or XL, as well as a diverse range of testers, I feel like the pattern really was intended to look great on everyone!
Any questions about comparing these three patterns? I’m happy to share, because I like them all!