I finally have made my first pait of Papercut's Ooh La Leggings! After some shipping issues and then having to finish up all my sewing for the Fabricista Fashion Challenge... I busted this pattern out to make some cold weather running gear. How much fun is the design with the panels and interesting seaming?! I have a small collection of fun and colorful activewear knits but opted for a simple gray and black. You can go crazy with your fabrics with tights... as one really should when sewing activewear!
This pattern is quite easy to sew up. It took me well under two hours from looking at the untouched/uncut pattern in the envelope to having a complete pair of leggings. I am sure it will take under an hour now that I have the pattern cut/traced out to my size.
I have a pretty full bottom half, mostly the butt/thighs. I made a medium waist and graded to a large below that. In Burda patterns I make a 42 waist and 46 hips/bum. I bet I could make a nice pair of compression shorts or tights one size smaller yet. These pants are form fitting but not so tight they constrict. They are meant for taller then average folks, which is great! I'm 5'8" (1.72 m) tall but still had to cut off about 4" (10 cm) on the leg length. The waistline hits my natural waist, too. I would think that a shorter figure would need to reduce the rise height.
I took a bunch of back side photos-- then realized I used the super, crazy shiny side of the gray on the back... which is the wrong side of the fabric I intended to use because it HIGHLIGHTS every single last imperfection a girl has, and may add a few extra. I intentionally never photoshop my images to look slimmer or remove any less then perfect spots, so here is the best butt shot the internet is getting. I usually don't mind imperfections at all but there may have also been some major wedgie-like shots :) Ya'll don't need that burned into your retinas.
I used my serger to join all the seams. The seaming is pretty dang cool. The pattern suggests to only top stitch the top seams around the hips but I went ahead and top stitched with my twin needle down the front and back legs, too.
I'm quite happy with the serged then twin-needled seams... they create a faux flat-locked seam that I really like in my RTW activewear. One day I will get an overlocker so I can create all of these terrific professional seams with one easy pass of the needle.
|Inside completed seams|
|Outside completed seams|
|Outside of waistband|
|Inside of the waistband|
I have thoroughly neglected running while I've been participating in the Fabric Mart sewing competition, I can't lie. I now want to re-commit to running three times a week if possible. I desperately need cold weather shirts... I only have ONE official long sleeved running top. What?! Time to amend the situation.
These leggings are pretty nice. I want to make a few pairs for everyday wear... under skirts, dresses, or jeans on a super cold day.
--UPDATE!! Nov 23, 2013--
I have officially worn these on a cold, blustery day for my standard 5k run through the city. Two thumbs way up for these. They stayed in place, they don't pull or slowly fall down and best of all, they cover my ankles! I have issues with RTW running tights being just a tad too short and they cold breeze getting to my skin. So guess who is making more of these in a variety of colors and prints.