Three pairs, not counting the muslin I made. And I'm about to make a fourth in the shorts. So Melissa of Fehr Trade just released her newest pattern... the Steeplechase Leggings. I'm going to have to say I'm in love with 'em. Yep, I was a pattern tester for these. And yep, I'd buy these in a heartbeat if I had to (I did buy her women's Surf to Summit, that gray top I'm wearing in the pics... I wasn't a tester for that one... worth double the price for me). So the thing with these leggings/capris/shorts pattern is there is magically no inseam. Calling all ladies with thighs that aren't sticks!! The lack of seaming on the inner thigh creates less chance for chaffing/discomfort!! There are only two pattern pieces for these (excluding the pocket hiding on the inner back waistband). The pieces are wack-a-doodle looking but fit together so easily with the clear illustrations in the directions and notches on the pattern. Each pair took under 3 hours to sew from cutting the fabric to hemming.
I used some of the hoarded stash of my New Balance fabric I bought a couple months back (no longer in stock from the website I got it from-- other projects with this fabric are here and here). I'd say it's comparable to knit Supplex. It's a ridiculously soft 4-way stretch wicking fabric. These are hands down my favorite tights I've ever worn AND made between the fit and fabric choice. Check out the pic way up of the tippty top of this post and see the wild nylon/spandex animal print I used for the yoke-- I've used that stuff before here and here.
Having fuller thighs and rear end I needed to make some alterations. I made a medium waist and graded to a large hip and below. So how in the world did I make my full thigh/rear adjustment? I did exactly what the pics say above here. Now that I've done that, I realize I could have, rather then pivot, just push my slashed piece over slightly (keeping all things squared off), then filled in the space. Just a thought.
Also note, I overestimated my sizing and actually went back in on all of my tights after making them and reduced the width of the thighs some. This was a quickie fix with my serger. I've dropped about a tad under 10lbs over the past couple months so possibly this is why I needed to reduce the width a tad.
Since I got a nice fit on my Fehr Trade Duatholon capris last year, I went ahead and used my altered pattern from that to copy my crotch curve. I compare those in the pictures right above here. Hope they make sense!
My capris are also made from the New Balance fabric. On top on the yoke I used another nylon/spandex 4 way stretch scrap from my stash, it was labeled as swimwear when I got it a couple years ago. I made this running top and sports bra along with embellishing these capris with it that navy blue and white striped material. Never do I toss my nylon/spandex, activewear scraps because I use them all the time for this sort of thing.
The grass green yoke is actually a hand dyed nylon/spandex scrap I had leftover from a bra I made recently. So much of my activewear sewing/fabrics overlap with my my lingerie fabrics/sewing. I use 1"/2.5cm wide elastic instead of the 3/4"/2cm wide recommended. I simply added on 1/4"/.64cm to the top edge of the pattern's waist edge AND the top edge of the pocket edge. Don't mind the sweat marks on my back in some of these photos... I just ran some mega hills.
The colors on the smokey fabric are so bold and brilliant! Being such a busy print, it helps masks lumps and bumps my less-then-model-perfect body might have. The pics where I'm wearing the (RTW) black half zip, I was fresh off my longest run EVER! I trusted these leggings so much I wore them fresh of the serger for that run. (It was 8.13 miles/13.09km... I'm a superstar!)
So there you have it, three new pairs of tights. And look close on my smokey ones here, you can clearly see I did not baste my pieces together before serging as the pattern recommends. Now my pieces don't line up ever so perfectly. They are hand sewn and they feel like a million bucks on and do the job of being excellent running garments. So I don't care all too much about the slight mismatch. But I'll won't skip that basting step next go round. I NEED the shorts version like crazy for hotter days coming... I always wear biker style/length shorts for running then for the whole my-thighs-rub-all-the-time-when-running issue. (Find a set of four year old boy toes in the above photo and win a prize.) (Not really. They are just tiny and cute.)
And how perfect is the illustration for the Steeplechase Leggings?! They kinda look like they have my full lady figure!? Sizing goes from a 35 1/2"/90cm hip to a 48"/122cm hip. Plus I see Melissa has a coupon code now-- use code SADDLE10 for 10% off all purchases from shop.fehrtrade.com until 25 March, 2015.