Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Papercut Ooh La Leggings


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
I didn't use the suggested waistband application.  She wants you to insert the elastic into a tunnel.  I used the same technique I used on this other pair of running tights I made.  I serged the elastic right onto the fabric and then top stitched with a twin needle.

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. 

19 comments:

  1. I neeeeed a pair of these. Yours look great!

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  2. These are so cute and useful, too! I plan on making running clothes someday. I like the black and gray combo!

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  3. Very fancy leggings. Perfect fit. Love all the top stitching.

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  4. Love these! Good to know about the length and rise, though, I'm pretty short :)

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  5. Wow, nice job! what perfect seaming! Have you run in them yet? I'll be curious to hear how the faux coverstitching holds up, I think I'll use your technique on my next leggings because I think it would be more comfortable than my plain serged seams on my leggings.

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  6. Well done, Kathy! I love seeing the active wear you're creating. You're very inspiring. These are cuter on than the drawings depict. I'm built similarly to you in the bum and legs, and usually don't want lines cutting horizontally across the thigh, bum areas. But, this pattern looks more like a brief or a swim bottom with that yolk. I really, really like it. And I too make my waistbands the same, even for my skirts. I learned it in a threads article and haven't looked back. SO much better, so much cleaner, smoother, and easier!

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  7. Oooh I like!!! I was wondering how two-tone would work out on these but didn't quite have the balls to try straight up. I absolutely love them - and you're totally rocking them!

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  8. These are so fantastic! I vote for you to make some more with some of your more colorful fabrics!

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  9. Thanks Jo! Yeah, give them a whirl!

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  10. Thanks Helena. It's surprising how easy making running clothes is. If you already have done some sewing with knits you will be able to make activewear with no problem.

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  11. I'm a fancy girl. And it's weird but I am love seeing perfect topstitching. There are some spots that aren't exactly perfect but oh well!

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  12. Thanks!! I bet a more petite figure would need to have some of the rise lopped off. I always need to lengthen patterns so it was a nice change of pace for me.

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  13. Thanks! I haven't run in them YET! The faux coverstitch does work out really well. I've done it time and again with many of the knit garment I've made. Here is a top I made and have worn and washed a boatload of times. It has that fake coverstitching on the binding on the neck/sleeve openings. http://kathhhhhysews.blogspot.com/2013/07/burda-running-shirt-updated-version.html

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  14. Thanks Gwen! I hope you are making activewear, too since it's so easy to make... especially if you already make garments in knits.

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  15. Thanks!! I'm working on a 2nd pair right now.

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  16. Thanks!! I was about to just make all black but really I think running stuff should be fun. I work hard when I run, might as well have fun clothes on doing it.

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  17. Thank Gail! Oh, wait and see. I have some rainbow animal print... so crazy cherry print... and more! But I am working on a 2nd pair right now and they may be a boring dark gray, but they are meant for everyday wear-- I'm not that crazy with prints for everyday :)

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  18. O My la !! Are you serious it is handmade ;) - Diya TheHobbyHarbor

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