I’ve been promising you these for a while now, haven’t I? The PB Jam Leggings by Fehr Trade. I was lucky enough to be involved as a tester & have been timing this blog post to fall outside the initial flurry of excitement when the pattern was released in case any of you have forgotten to go & get it ! You see they are an awesome design & I love them!
My first pair are not worth showing due to poor fabric choice on my part (I chose fabric that was far too flimsy for being worn as running leggings. Maybe as an extra layer in normal use under a skirt, but not for wearing outdoors with nothing to protect others’ eyes against my really visible panty line ! Classy! ) This pair of PB Jam leggings are made using a magenta wicking fabric from the Sewing Chest which is rather lovely against the skin & has a lovely amount of stretch. The leopard swishes are just any old lycra – not a technical fabric. Well I say “any old lycra” but in truth it just happens to be the same lycra as I made my XYT workout top in – so I now have a coordinating set of running togs that are flaunting more than a hint of cheetah. Maybe the cheetah will rub off into my psyche & I shall run with grace and break my personal land speed records. OR kick the pants off some bad dude who is thwarting justice?
Anyway, I had tested the pattern using the not-to-be-shown flimsy fabric & so had a grasp of how it all fitted together, along with any adjustments for fit. I knew that making them shorter as capri length would suit me & the time of year I would be wearing them in, so I just shortened the PB Jams to that they stopped at the end of the back knee contrast – I didn’t cut out the lower back leg piece below this. I shortened the front lower leg using the knee notches for measuring & comparing against – hem at the bottom of the back knee piece was several inches underneath the knee notch – I made sure the front lower leg’s new hemline was the same distance below its knee notch.
As with other Fehr Trade patterns (ie the XYT Top) the instructions are well illustrated & guide you through the construction which just looks more complicated than it actually is. I mean these leggings are a wondrous jigsaw & the pieces really do fit together ! It’s amazing! The only step I would urge taking extra care with is transferring notches & matching notches with the swirls to make sure you get them set in the legs the right way up. I have made that mistake – it’s easily done!
I haven’t taken photos to show you, but you do know that there is a canny pocket secreted inside the upper back of the PB Jams that is cleverly constructed don’t you? & just the right size for a phone, or some keys & a gel or two.
So what do you think? I haven’t actually worn my “lycra suit” out as a pair in public. I am not really into matchy matchy plus it has not been warm enough yet. I also think it looks a bit more “Olivia Newton John” than I can pull off. But guys, I think you’re worth the whole pose.
And in front of the gap in next door’s fence? I did that for you too. I had considered drawing some funny stuff on the photo so that there was a rare view of the hanging gardens of Babylon , but in the end my photo editing skills would be far too basic & would look like something a 4 year old could do better at.
Anyway, back to the PB Jams. They have been worn & work well. OK, so the cheetah legs have not materialised just yet but I am sure it is a matter of time. You can get them right now as a download! And you should see other versions that are springing up- clever use of fabrics. I am planning to make a pair out of the same coloured fabric but use my overlocker’s rolled hem to create faux piping along the swirly seams. They’d look a bit special I think.