Snakeskin leggings!

And torso too!

The fabric people, is the star! This is some pink/purple snakeskin effect lycra from the Fabric Godmother & it totally rocks! (And you can take that whatever way you want, even if you want to bring out that inner rock chick….) But don’t let me go away without mentioning the gold sheen that makes this fabric shine. There is definitely something of the wild side in this print!  And I never thought I would have snakeskin leggings, but I think for running in, I can kind of get away with it.

snakey legs

Josie asked me if I would like to test it for running in, & I was unable to resist. It has recently starred on her blog.  There are three snakeskin lycras currently stocked- this one, a neon explosion (even I thought there was a bit too much dazzle for me!) & black. Now I try to avoid making anything for running out of black, but snakeskin – that could persuade me!


I used the Virginia leggings pattern by Megan Nielson as I wanted as little interference as possible with seams, & the Virginias have just one seam. I made them capri length & added some little cuffs to them, as I had recently made the Seamwork Manila leggings & was interested in taking that detail on to capris to see how that worked. (And the answer?  It’s a nice detail but I didn’t get the sizing quite right & it’s a bit flappy)

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So the fabric. The lycra feels lovely to wear. A good weight with no danger of any translucency. However, this is not breathable or wicking fabric, but as long as you are aware of this & choose to wear when you’re not going to overheat, then the fabric works great. I wore them for the first time at a “Glow Run” – a 5km fun run – we were all decorated with neon face paint & glow sticks. Photos show my leggings shining in the light with an eerie glow!

glow run

I have also worn them on some fresh spring runs, of about an hour, & once again, nothing but fun wearing them.   As the weather has warmed I reserve them for non cardio vascular exercise – weight training last week – & they were fine, but a tad on the warm side power walking uphill in the full sun afterwards.  They will really come into their own again in the autumn &  in the winter I can forsee this fabric being quite the way to fox up some country runs!!!

But Josie in her blog talks about using it for swimwear.  It’s certainly a nice light weight & I could imagine that working well.  Now if I have enough spare maybe I could eek out a bikini, but I am not sure if I have because I also made an XYT top out of it.

I think it looks cool?

snakey xyt


Forgive me for not showing you the back, as you can tell this is a spontaneous modelling shot & I’m wearing the wrong underwear- the back looked atrocious with the bra showing….

Now, are you wondering whether I will have the gall to wear them both together?  Do you doubt my taste that much?  I am not even going there!  No!  Not even in the interest of science.  We all know it would look , just, creepy.  All-over-body-suit-snakeskin?  No thank you!!  But apart, they are, like I said foxy.  If foxy is an apt adjective when referring to reptile effect fabric.

And right now I am imagining one of those one-piece costumes with holes cut out of the side.  Not on me though!  My skin tans far too easily to go for such shapes!  But this fabric (in black or purple) would look pretty awesome on the Cote D’Azur, wouldn’t you say?

Now tell me, who would wear the top & leggings together?  I would love to know …..
(The fabric was provided by Fabric Godmother for me to review.  )

16 thoughts on “Snakeskin leggings!

  1. Karen

    Haha always said when running in Lycra I look like a snake that swallowed a rabbit!
    In this I really would. You really pull this off. Matching headband?
    K xXx

      1. Sharon

        Thank you I had a laugh doing the photo and there is no way they will be seen together outside my yard.

        Your snakeskin set look amazing.

  2. Berte

    Love your leggings! And the top. And both together, just for fun – and for science: to record people’s reactions to fullbodied purple snakeskin fabulousness. (Here’s hoping this will post now – yesterday I was told my email didn’t exist and that I had to use a valid email address to post)

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      (Sorry you had tech problems and thank you for persisting and coming back!)
      I am afraid I am unable to provide satisfaction to your request however. In a fit of generosity I gave the top away to someone who totally deserves to look fabulous in the gym- she goes 5 days a week. And she loves it. So I feel I did the right thing. But sorry to disappoint ….

      1. Berte

        Oh, don’t worry – I’m not disappointed. Not much, at least. And it doesn’t matter, because generosity is a good thing. Makes the world go round. Where would we be without?

  3. Hilary

    I really like the shape of that top! Personally, I think you are right not to wear them both together – too, too much! They work so much better individually. Hx

  4. LinB

    Oh, wear them together, please! I echo the commenter above that, should I wear the outfit like that, I’d look like a snake that had swallowed something … but in my case, more like a snake that had swallowed a ground hog than a rabbit.

    Do you have enough scraps left to fashion a mask? Like a sleep mask, but with eye-holes cut out of it. Then you could wear the whole ensemble and no one would be able to identify you. Add a superhero cape and you’re all set for next Halloween.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh my! Hilarious!!! You absolutely crack me up. I could be the new snakewoman superhero? Special powers? Sewing! I’d sew my way out of trouble & sew the bad guys up in ……bad fitting clothes that make it hard for them to do bad deeds!

  5. Redhedhels

    This is great fabric! I agree the neon is a bit (lot) much but the black has some foxy workout and non-workout wear possibilities. Did you give the top away to halt the pull of wearing them together that you could feel embracing you? 😉 It’s a shame, I write like the sound of that superhero!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hahaha!! Thank you Redhedhels! You have me down to a tee! After all these comments, had i still the top in my possession I would feel bound to model them together – like a total dork. or super hero. ! Saved myself 🙂


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