Comparative Review: Leggings

*I was provided with a complimentary copy of each pattern for the purpose of this review - I was in no other way compensated, and the thoughts held herein are completely my own.

Welcome to the first (in what I hope will be a LONG line) of Comparative Reviews.  We all know that there is nothing very little new under the sun in fashion.  Often we see similar lines or patterns coming out from a variety of designers, and sometimes we wonder why?  If I have one pattern, would I ever possibly want another similar one?  Well maybe you will, and maybe you wont; but I am here today to say that while these patterns may follow a similar trend, idea, or article of clothing - they are vastly different from one another!
Today we are looking at leggings - I picked leggings because a) they are easy to sew, b)they are a necessity in my daughter's wardrobe for fall/winter/spring, and c) getting the right legging for your child is IMPORTANT!  By looking at these patterns side by side you may be able to better gauge the perfect pattern to add to your collection!

Today we are looking at:
The Lollipop Leggings by Peek-a-boo Patterns (affiliate link)
The Ruffle Leggings by Jocole

*All three patterns were made in a straight size 2 with no alterations to fit

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I'm going to be honest - I love all three of these!  My daughter now has 6 pairs of leggings that she will be able to wear with different outfits all throughout fall and winter.  Lets take a closer look at the fit.

The Bum:
Now in general, no one wants a saggy bum!  But is is also important for children to not have wedgies or to have their bums hanging out. 
All three of these patterns have modesty covered, but my chunky monkey with a bubble butt  will most often wear her Lollipop leggings with a tunic top or dress.  They hug the body and have the least fullness in the bum - these will be perfect for those skinnie minnies out there who's leggings are always sagging or baggy.

The Petal Pants have a bit more rear coverage, so she could wear them with a swing top or tunic top.  They are still a fitted legging, but not as curve hugging as the Lollipop.

The Ruffled legging have the highest rise and the fullest bum - perfect for diapers, cloth diapers, and bubble booties the world around.  These fit more in the relaxed range when it comes to leggings (they still fit to the body, they just have a bit more wiggle room).  The higher rise ensure that your derriere will be fully covered and makes these leggings an easy match with T shirts or tops that hit at the hip.

The Additional Features:
Peek-a-boo has gone out of their way to make something for everyone with their added features.  I did one plain pair and one with ruffles, but I am thinking the plain pair may just need a button tab!  The skirt feature also makes this a more versatile pattern and one that is playground appropriate.  I love my girl in skirts... but hate having to find a diaper cover to match each one... the Lollipop Leggings give the option for a skort, sk-apris, or sk-ants (hmmm not sure those made up names work ;op).

The Petunia Petal Pants are all about the Petal - I mean that is what makes them so dang adorable, RIGHT!  The pattern comes with a long and short petal - which means that you can overlay them for the double petal or use just one.  I love how you can get completely different looks by using all one fabric or using contrasting fabric.  She also includes instructions for what you need to do to get the right look with no petals - so these can easily become a basic pair of leggings too.  And did you know that this will soon be available in women's sizes! *My hubs has dubbed these her 'Storm Trooper' pants... um, I guess that means he likes them ;o)
**My second pair are black with a single ruffle, and somehow they just missed the cue for getting photographed ;op

The Ruffle Leggings are obviously all about ruffles.  The ruffles are sewn into the side seam - which I love, just make sure you stitch them on straight so that they will match up.  You can do 0-3 ruffles because the leggings are hemmed separately from the ruffles.  Jodi even shows an optional neat trick using clear elastic... I didn't have any, but I plan on buying some for the next dozen pair I plan on making.  There is also a very cool tutorial here on the blog for doing EXTREME RUFFLES.  What girl wouldn't want extreme fun!

The Bottom Line:
You really can't go wrong with any of these.  So take a moment and think about your child, think about what you want the leggings to go with, and if all else fails close your eyes and blindly point at the screen; but no matter what - RUN and go get a legging pattern so you can get to sewing!!!!

Make sure to go LINK UP your leggings HERE for a chance to win a free pattern from one of these three designers.