Fancy Pants Leggings Pattern Giveaway {CLOSED}

May 5, 2013

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment*

Today is Giveaway Day on Sew Mama Sew, where there will be hundreds of other blogs linking up with giveaways.


It’s a biannual event and I am really happy to be taking part for the first time today. I have three copies of my new ‘Fancy Pants Leggings’ PDF Pattern to giveaway.

Fancy Pants Leggings PDF Pattern

You can find more details on the Titchy Threads website here, including reviews and photos from the Titchy Threads Flickr group. I thought I’d share some photos of what some of my amazing testers have used the pattern for. If you click on any of the photos it will take you to the tester’s blog post.

Jane from Buzzmills has been whipping out pair after pair using upcycled T-shirts. It’s such a great way to get some unique prints.

Fancy Pants Leggings and Shorts by Jane from Buzzmills

Celina from Petit à Petit and Family has made several pairs. She’s even made them as swimshorts for her son and then adapted the pattern to create a stunning reversible swimsuit for her daughter.

Fancy Pants Pattern for Swim Shorts on Petit à Petit and Family

Fancy Pants Pattern adapted to a Reversible Swimsuit on Petit à Petit and Family

Heather from Feather’s Flights also used a thrifted T-shirt and hand stamped it with walruses. I love these and the other pair she made with a chevron knit.

Hand Stamped Walrus Fancy Pants Leggings by Heather from Feather's Flights

Last but not least, Abby from Things for Boys made a really cute pair for the new baby she’s expecting soon. As it’s Winter in Australia she added feet to the bottom.

Fancy Pants Leggings with feet by Abby from Things for Boys

Welcome to those of you visiting from Sew Mama Sew. I hope you’ll have a look around while you’re here – I mostly sew clothes for my two boys as well baking and a few other crafts. You can get a quick overview of any category if you click on the menus at the top.

The giveaway is available to anyone and three winners will each receive a copy of the Fancy Pants Leggings PDF Pattern. The giveaway closes this Friday, the 10th of May at 5pm PST and I will announce the winners by this Sunday.

To enter this giveaway leave a comment at the bottom of the post telling me about the biggest mistake you’ve ever made while sewing. I think mine was sewing a raglan sleeve on upside down – I had already unpicked the seam once for another reason and I was using French seams. I’d love for you to follow my blog and like either of the Craftstorming or Titchy Threads Facebook pages (or both) although it’s not a requirement to enter the giveaway.


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  • Reply Elaine Lynn May 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I have not yet learned to sew with a machine, but as a hand stitcher I once sewed my sons school trousers (the knee – boys!) to my own trousers. Had to quickly cut them and put him in shorts for the day!

  • Reply Kelly May 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I didn’t cut a sleeve on a fold, & ended up with the worlds skinniest cardi sleeves!

  • Reply Mary Beth Ticknor May 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Having two patterns different sizes cut from the same material and trying to figure out why they would not go together. Was trying to sew one size to the other size instead of the correct size pieces to each other. LOL

  • Reply Brooke May 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I think my biggest mistake was sewing bias tape on a pair of boys shorts and not checking to make sure there was enough- TWICE. Yes, some of us have to learn the hard way!

  • Reply Kelley May 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    the biggest mistake? oh geeze, probably sewing a part of a garment on backwards with a serger. then I had to unpick the seams. I’ve done this a few times over the years, thanks to my preschool sewing helper…

  • Reply Julia C K May 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve only just started to get into sewing, but my biggest mistake seems to be getting fabric folded under where it’s not supposed to be and stitching a long way before I notice. My stitch ripper and I have become good friends.

  • Reply Rose May 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I was making roman blinds and totally measured incorrectly and cut the fabric way too short. I had to go out and but new (expensive) fabric again and they weren’t mine to start with.

  • Reply Lindsay May 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve sewn countless garments with wrong sides together instead of right. It’s the worst when it’s knit.

  • Reply Lisa May 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I think my biggest mistake was cutting an entire quilt pieces TOO small and TOO big. Every piece was at least a half inch too big or small. I now know to never cut anything that involves math while pregnant! lol

  • Reply susan May 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    i make so many mistakes it’s hard to pick just one of the biggest. I guess for today I’ll stick to buttonhole variety. Do you realize it’s impossible to “fix” a buttonehole that while opening the slit I slipped and opened right through the end threads? It required a whole new front piece and lining to replace.

  • Reply Allison May 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I think my biggest mistake has been when sewing a dog coat together (it had a lining inside) I somehow sewed the two arm holes together!

  • Reply vicki May 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    My big mistake was trying to sew a 90 degree angle with a serger……I ended up with a big hole and a ruined project.

  • Reply Amy May 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I’m new to sewing (just shy of a year!), but my biggest mistake so far is screwing up with my rotary cutter! I cut all the little pieces for a whole project 1/8-1/4 inch too small! And it mattered! I had to scrap all the pieces and start over.. Hmph.

  • Reply Linda May 6, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This is a tough question! I think the biggest mistake I have made while sewing is taking apart my childhood quilt to improve on it (change out the backing) before I knew had the experience to know that was a terrible idea.

  • Reply krystina May 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve done it all. Sewing things wrong sides together is one of my specialties 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay Tailor May 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I sewed a sunsuit and matching bonnet for one of my co-worker’s new baby. As I was putting the final touches on the sunsuit, I put the snaps on the wrong way. There was really no removing them. I had to completely redo the bottom panel.

  • Reply Amy May 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    probably making (and cutting) buttonholes that were way too small. Had to go buy new buttons. 🙂

  • Reply Mary May 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I just finished my first throw sized quilt. I was so excited to finally finish the free motion quilting, that I didn’t notice I had the quilt folded in half and quilted the entire bottom corner to the middle of the quilt. Lots of seam ripping to do then!

  • Reply Rachael May 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Let’s see… I’ve cut things the wrong size, or sewn the wrong sides together, and the wrong bits together. Or sewn seams in the wrong order, when it really matters (gotta do the darts before the side seams!). I think I’ve done it all. I’ve not had to just throw anything out though, I can usually find a use for the material, even if not the original use.

  • Reply Amy May 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I have sewed the wrong sides together too many times to count! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  • Reply Shanny Gallagher May 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    They always say measure twice, cut once. Toooooo often, I cut my material too short because my pattern shifted or my math was bad. I am NOT super great at math 🙁

  • Reply Sarah May 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Cute pattern, would love it for my two kids. I make too many to remember – even though I’m no longer a “new sewist” I still keep doing things like sewing seams with a right and a wrong side together, cutting holes with my serger, etc.

  • Reply lmnop May 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Getting back into sewing after a bit of a hiatus, and most recent error was forgetting to calculate the seam allowance into the measurements before cutting. At least it was just a small project in muslin, and not something expensive…
    Those fancy pants are very cool, and the swim suit is adorable. Very inspiring!
    Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  • Reply Susan Mitchell May 7, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I frequently serge things wrong and have to unpick them! Ugghh, makes for long sewing sessions!

  • Reply knkpdx May 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Worst mistake was learning to quilt and always putting the wrong pieces together – unpick after unpick after unpick!

  • Reply kendascrafts May 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m not sure if this is my biggest mistake, but it is my latest….while trying to make a pair of pants for my son out of an old pair of mine I cut both legs with the right side out (instead of one with the right side out). There was no way to fix it after it was cut.

  • Reply Bethany May 7, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Very fun pattern. I think mine would be doing the same…a raglan sleeve on backwards on a silky pattern. I was so tempted to just start over……

  • Reply Robin B. May 7, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Hmm…the worst is when I sew one panel of a skirt right side up and the other upside down and the print makes it obvious.

  • Reply Elizabeth Johnson May 7, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Sewing mistakes happen all the time to me, I just fix it and keep going! The worst was when I had sewn 12 rows together and was joining them in 3 row strips. While I was sewing the last border on I realized I had sewn the center blocks upside down! My seem ripper was my friends most of the next day!

  • Reply Meg May 7, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Cutting right into a piece of fabric I had just spent forever cutting out perfectly!

  • Reply Shann May 7, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I have a 7mo. boy and need more boy sewing inspiration, I will be following your bog! wow worst sewing mistake? I have sewn my finger: that hurt!

  • Reply Stephanie May 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

    hm. I’ve had lots of mistakes with resin snaps. Then I try to remove them and get a big hole in my fabric!

  • Reply eva l May 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

    while doing a bag, I forgot to include the strap, and I only realized after it was completely sewed 😉


  • Reply Kristen @ KD-Quilts May 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I have, a few times, sewn my sweater sleeve to whatever it is I was working on at the time. Who does that?!

  • Reply Jessica May 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    love this pattern! thanks for the giveaway! more than once, I have cut out a pattern on the wrong fold, making for some interesting pattern pieces.

  • Reply Lauren May 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I often sew the wrong sides together so I end up with backwards and upside down pieces. I see a lot with solids so when I am not paying attention it happens.

  • Reply Kate May 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Once I was trying to make a nightgown and did the entire top and gathers before realizing it was going to be WAY too small and I had the fabric for the body (just a yard) going the wrong way. 🙁

  • Reply min May 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Always when in a rush I do the same stupid mistake…sew the wrong side up, requiring extra time with the seam ripper. I should know when to quit.

  • Reply Mariana May 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    When Im tired, I always put the wrong side of the fabric down. Ooops

  • Reply Melissa May 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I cut 2 hood pieces completely the wrong way – then realised i had no extra fabric…opps.
    Made it work though.

  • Reply Katelyn Harrison May 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I don’t know what my biggest mistake has been but I catch fabric under my needle ALL. THE. TIME. drives me crazy when I have to go through and pick out a seam!

  • Reply Stacy Alfano May 8, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I sewed the panels of a dress together wrong…twice on the same dress!

  • Reply Hueisei May 8, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I tends to make mistake when sewing a zipper.

  • Reply Libby H May 8, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Cutting so the pattern doesn’t run in the same direction on a garment. boo. Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Tiffany May 8, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I was sewing a ruffle to a sheet to make a tablecloth for my daughters birthday. I cannot tell you how many times I had to rip out the seam and re-do it because I had only sewed the ruffle and not the sheet in spots. So there were holes along the ruffle of it. Never again will I try a continous long seam like that

  • Reply Libby May 8, 2013 at 4:36 am

    My biggest mistake was when I was hand sewing and I sewed the skirt I was wearing to my project.

  • Reply dawn mirincondemariposas May 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I’ve sewn the waist of my trousers inside-out, oops!!!

  • Reply Mary May 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I sewed the sleeves on a dress for my daughter backward.

  • Reply T Bosch May 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I think the most frustrating sewing mistake is when I forget to prewash my fabric and then make a garment that then shrinks in the wash!

  • Reply Susan May 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I was showing my son how to sew and ended up sewing my sleeve into the project. All day he said “sew..uh, oh.” over and over again.

    mcintoshsusan@hotmail dot com

  • Reply Tasha May 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    The biggest sewing mistake I’ve made would probably be… cutting pants too short at the alterations shop I worked at. OR melting a hole in a tulle layer on a prom dress! I fixed it though, and she was none the wiser!

  • Reply Megan @ AnnieOak Designs May 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

    The biggest mistake I’ve made to date (because I am sure I will top it a few times over) was not cutting some border fabric on the bias and it was cheap fabric. Stretched all over the flamin’ place and was a right pain in the rear when I put it on the longarm to quilt it.

  • Reply Tawny May 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Gwah! I make mistakes ALL THE TIME. But my latest and one of my greatest was while I was sewing a diaper bag this past week for dear friends who are expecting their first baby in June. I was almost done – like I had about 10 minutes left. I was just tucking the corners along the bottom of the bag and then binding the two seams. I finished all that and went to flip the bag right side out and notice that my tucking didn’t include catching the side pockets in the tuck. On Both Sides! GRRRRRRR…. So I guess I’m going to have to take that apart and try again (but not before I throw the entire bag out the window in frustration!)

  • Reply Tammy May 9, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Ripping out a hem and accidentally cutting a hole in thr garment.

  • Reply Georgia May 9, 2013 at 3:14 am

    My biggest mistake was wearing the first shirt I made. It should never have been worn by anyone! 🙂
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Reply Sharon Aguilar May 9, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I draw a lot of my patterns and have a hard time reading pattern books! Its great that my kids are so close in age… so I shoot to make stuff for one size but it always ends up fitting someone.

  • Reply Andrea :: Crafting Connections May 9, 2013 at 4:58 am

    My biggest (screamiest) mistakes happen when me and my machine’s button hole maker tango – I basically no longer sew anything that requires a button!!

  • Reply Michelle Smith May 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    The biggest sewing mistake I made was just recently. I had cut a hood for a dress with the stretch going the wrong way, and serged it on without realizing. After I finished it, I wondered why the neck opening didn’t stretch. I had to recut a new piece, and rip out all the serging which took quite a while

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  • Reply kathy h May 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I sewed the pockets in backwards on a pair of pants and I couldn’t even rip them out because the fabric was fraying so badly.

  • Reply Leanne Weckel May 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    My biggest mistake to date was when I cut a placket into the skirt front on my daughter’s Easter dress this year. I sent my husband to the store for more fabric!

  • Reply lynn May 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    sewing a right side and wrong side legging leg together. seam ripper and knits=not so fun!

  • Reply Kellie S. May 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Well I couldn’t decidewhich ONE of so many so I am listing 2.

    Cutting out sleeves for a top for me and I only had so much fabric so I cut one in one place and was going to cut the other from another. Well I used the first sleeve as my pattern piece. Without flipping it over. That’s right I had 2 of the same sleeve. And as I previously stated I only had so much of that (expensive) fabric. So I had to go to the store and buy another yard because of course it was a long sleeve shirt that required a yard for length. The kicker. I hated it on once it was finished.

    Number 2 I still do from time to time-you’d think I would learn but nope. t is not marking the “right side” of a double sided fabric. So for pants legs you sew them up both the same and have to rip it out because you forgot to put a piece of tape on the right side.

  • Reply Annette H May 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    HA! This one is EASY! I have a real doosy! I just started to sew and decided I was going to make my daughter a quilt. I bought some fabric at a big craft place, found a great tutorial, bought some more fabric at a local quilting fabric store and got to work cutting my pieces. (Groaning!) Soooo much work, cutting. I did everything the way I was supposed to, all my little 2″ squares were cut so well. I pieced the squares together into blocks of 4 and blocks of 9. As I’m ironing the last rows onto the 9 patches, I am noticing that my finished squares are all wonky and different sizes. I hadn’t been paying attention, but yup, they were all wonky… I was so upset. I sat and cried and cried… NEVER EVER, EVER AGAIN will I use anything but GOOD QUALITY material. I threw the whole thing away. I recently bought some Gypsy Girl and will start again after I finish my current project. sigh May the second time be the charm!

  • Reply Jill R May 10, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Probably getting the fabric folded under itself and stitched together while I’m sewing. Such a pain to undo.

  • Reply Kristin O May 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

    The first pair of pants I sewed I mixed up the leg seam with the crotch seams – those pants did not work at all!

  • Reply Emily May 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    The biggest mistake I made was sewing my son’s pants I was making him for his birthday into a skirt accidentally! It was the first “boy” thing I made. I guess I have been in girl mode and got distracted! OOOPS!!!

  • Reply Jaime May 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    My biggest mistake was trying to make a yoga tote with the EXACT measurements of the mat…no room for a seam or to be able to wiggle the mat it

  • Reply Carmen May 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    As a beginner, my seam ripper and I are the best of friends. The last big mistake I made was sewing the sleeve of a top inside out.

  • Reply Morgan May 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Biggest mistake was probably cutting something terribly wrong, and/or through extra parts of fabric that should not be cut. Both have happened and are sadly not salvageable.

  • Reply Emily May 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    biggest mistake would probably be when i sewed the lining on indise out….ya not so helpful!

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