I sewed up a muslin to test the pattern to make sure I was doing it right before cutting up my good fabric. I had to grade between sizes from waist to hip and needed to make sure I got all the puzzle pieces traced correctly to fit together. I wanted a compression style pair of tights so I went down a size in my hip. I cut a size X waist and a size Z hip (and leg, too). I also added 1" (2.5 cm) to the lower leg length by slashing about mid calf.
I was pleasantly surprised by the height of the rise... it sits up high on my natural waist, it is not a low slung "casual wear" sort of legging. Low rise=tugging and pulling and lack of comfort on runs. I have a fuller thigh, have a fuller bum and my back side sits lower then the average gal and often will add width to these areas. I did not here at all. I think mostly because I am looking for compression tights and don't want to loosen things up.
The zebra print/butterfly wing print/whatever print is a (swimwear, likely) nylon spandex, non-wicking. The black is a medium weight nylon spandex that is wicking. The rosey purple solid is a New Balance wicking material. All of it is 4 way stretch. I've used that print fabric here and here, and the New Balance stuff (I've got a boatload of it in various colors) was used here, here, and here already-- that stuff is sooooo comfy but not the best for really cold weather running since it doesn't keep the heat in well. The black material is a fairly recent acquisition, I got a lot of it since it was on sale.
The back pocket it nice and roomy for my keys. They stayed in nicely for a 5K I ran minutes before taking these pics. I don't carry a phone in my pocket but it will hold one for sure. My favorite RTW leggings have a zipper on the back waist pocket... I would LOVE if it were zippered... hint, hint activewear pattern making gods... er, you know who you are :) Zippers. I like little zippers on my pockets. And that little triangular crotch gusset... it's kinda great. I feel like it provided more ease of movement and also (TMI here...) no c@mel toe!? ***UPDATE: Thank you everyone who has told me about Sewaholic's new leggings with the zipper! I am a huge fan of her patterns, especially since they are drafted for a gal with a figure similar to mine!! But from what I've seen in the photos and the description of the pattern, they appear to not be ideal for my running. But why, you say, they are so cute and sassy! Well, they are drafted to sit well below the natural waist-- I cannot go out for an hour running session in the dead of winter with hip huggers-- they would not provide the coverage and security I expect from my technical running gear-- I can't be pulling my pants up ever few minutes!! Also, I don't want to re-draft/alter the waist for a better fit after paying $16 for a pattern. So if there is anyone out there who can disprove my theory on how the Sewaholics are inappropriate for high intensity activewear, please share. Otherwise I'm steering away from her latest super cute loungewear line of clothes for running purposes.***
I laid them out to show you another nice feature... the back waist sits HIGHER up. This equals better butt coverage. You can see how there is lots of room in the back for my fuller backside with simply grading up and NOT having to add to the width of the thigh or back crotch. Oh yeah, I also used the black fabric to line the waistband, wicking side touching my skin. Plus I topstitched the seam of the crotch as well for added security of keeping it tightly sewn. You can click to make that little front shot bigger to see the topstitching... I felt a little weird blowing it up huge on my blog.
Like I said, I did run in these. They stayed put the whole time. I was annoyed with that black shirt, a RTW one, because it's not quite the right fit on me like my handmade shirt are, So there you go. A thick-thighed girl reviewed the Jalie Cora tights... I had not seen anyone with similar dimensions talk about how they sewed these up. I'm on a Jalie kick at the moment, I just got in the mail an envelope a half zip shirt pattern from them. More sewing activewear=more motivations to go out and run!