I think I am officially hooked on Sofiona Designs patterns. That is saying quite a bit, as I used to loathe patterns and drafted everything myself.
I was able to whip up some of their new Rocky Shore tights for my girls. I love sewing fancy dresses, but my girls prefer to wear cozy athletic wear these days. They LOVE these and are begging me to make more.
I want to stop and point out a genius detail on this waistband. The pattern has options for an elastic casing or a yoga waistband. I love yoga waistbands because they are soft, cozy, and easier to sew than elastic. However, my girls are usually not crazy about how they slide and roll, especially if you have a little bit of a belly. This angled front fixes that problem! A-MAZ-ING!!!!
These can be made as plain, full-length tights (or shorts) if you want to showcase a fabric or need a fast sew. There is also a pieced option for the lower leg. My daughters chose the optional peekaboo detail, which was surprisingly easy!
I did cheat a little bit on these. I found the black fabric at a thrift store for 50 cents and had plenty to make two pairs. For the bottoms and waistbands, I used a women’s athletic tank (25 cents at a thrift store) and the lining from an old girls’ dress. It cost me 75 cents for two pair of tights! The best part was that I didn’t have to hem the bottom! I folded the pattern piece before cutting the bottoms of the tights. After sewing the side seams, I stitched the seam allowance open along the original hem to hold it in place. You can see that if you look closely.
This pattern is on sale at 25% off until March 10, 2019. Even better… they have a new free tank pattern when you join the facebook fan group! It would go so well with these tights, but that will have to be a summer project here. My daughter already had goosebumps peeking through those openings in the tights!
Here are a few more of my Sofiona Designs projects…