Lately I’ve been doing a lot of casual sewing with some french terry and jersey- here are a couple of my new pieces! I made this cocoon cardigan using the tutorial on True Bias. It’s easy to follow, and a really quick thing to sew up. For the fabric I wanted something appropriately drapey and cozy, and I had this hemp/organic cotton jersey in my stash that was perfect. It’s thicker than a typical jersey, and feels more like a lightweight french terry or sweater knit. I first made it up according to the measurements in Kelli’s tutorial, and it was longer than I wanted. I wanted to shorten it, but to keep the cocoon shape I had to take some off all of the way around the pattern piece. I ended up taking off 2 inches all around (which subtracted 8″ from the length), and I think it’s the perfect size now. I like the little gathered detail in the back- if your fabric is wide enough you can cut the back on the fold and just cut the curved section at the top; then you won’t have a seam in the back. In this case my fabric wasn’t wide enough so I do have a center back seam.I also made these leggings, using the Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings pattern. I made the XS and the fit was pretty good straight from the pattern, but I do think they run a bit big. I took 4″ off the length, and there’s still a bit extra (I’m 5’7″ for reference) but they are designed to have extra length to scrunch up at the bottom. After wearing them around for a while I realized there was some extra room at the top also, both width and length. For the next pair I took 1 1/2″ off the length at the waist, and also took the width in by an inch at the top of the thigh, tapering down to the knee. These are still wearable, but I do want to take them apart at some point and make the same adjustments- though it’s always hard to get motivated to do stuff like that when there are new projects going on 🙂I think this is a good basic leggings pattern- they sew up so quick and the PDF is two pattern pieces (the main piece, plus a separate waistband). Super easy to print out and tape together, and well worth the $12 to not have to draft my own 🙂 The fabric I used is a soy/organic cotton/spandex blend, and it is perfect for some nicely thick and warm leggings. I don’t mind wearing leggings as pants as long as my back side is covered up, and they are thick enough to provide good coverage. I can’t see myself buying leggings any time soon because I can sew these up in about an hour including cutting!