Pacific leggings feature

Pacific Leggings- floral leggings take 2

Happy Friday everyone!  For anyone who has been following me on Instagram – (thanks new phone 🙂 ) – you will have seen a few details of my floral leggings.   These are the Pacific Leggings by Sewaholic which I purchased a bit ago, intrigued by the added details from your standard leggings – a crotch piece (behave!) and a zipped back pocket in the waistband.  ooooh!

Floral leggings

Having sewn Sewaholic patterns before I have certain expectations of great pattern cutting, clear instructions and generally some nifty sewing detail.  I was not disappointed.  In fact I have been delighted & will proceed to explain why.

Floral leggings

But first, the fabric.  This is a Spoonflower Sport Lycra and in this design- baroque flowers.   Check out the specifications but this is a breathable activewear fabric with 4 way stretch.  Perfect for leggings.  (I have roadtested them & can assure you how comfortable they have turned out).  Spoonflower’s first activewear fabric is Performance Knit which I have used a few times – my marathon top and running skirt as well as my badger running top also.  BUT this fabric is 2 way stretch and I made the fatal error of making leggings out of some performance knit without taking into account lack of vertical stretch – something that you can allow for in the cutting out – adding more depth in the body & leg length- but I did not & had to learn the hard way.  I would say Performance Knit is much better suited to tops & skirts now that there is the Sport Lycra for leggings.   Want to do a spot the difference?

Version 1 – ‘Legs with nothing but flowers’

Yes, this is the same fabric design – I am heartbroken to have given up on the first pair but people they are at serious risk of ‘builder’s arse’ so short are they in the body.  (I allowed no one behind me when doing post run stretches).  They are also very tight around my legs as well – I think the fabric’s stretch was being pulled in all ways to capacity- I have worn these quite a lot, stubbornly refusing to admit my mistake, but when comparing these to the latest pair- I can let them go as a lesson learnt.

Floral leggings

So I bought a yard in a free shipping sale last year & I am sure I have managed to get a pair of leggings out of 1m of fabric in the past, and whilst there’s a small difference between metric & imperial I had to rethink my plans to get full leg leggings as there was no way this would fit & so I cut the cropped length – but to the length of the largest size.  There is no obvious pattern direction on this fabric (I am sorry if I have upset the designer here!) but I had to cut pieces different ways up.

Pattern pieces

Leggings generally fall into two pattern types- those with one-piece legs & therefore one leg seam – usually inside leg apart from Fehr Trade’s innovative Steeplechase leggings – & two-piece leggings with an outer & inner leg seam.

Pacific leggings fall into the latter category, however the outer leg seam has a nice upper curve to it so that it sweeps behind & over your hips to meet the bottom edge of the pocket.  You won’t really see it with these leggings as the fabric’s pattern is far too busy- but you can see it on the line drawings  & here below you can see the seamlines.

Pacific leggings

Now that pocket.  It is the business- really easy to sew – just remember to interface the folded zip edge before inserting the zip.  (All explained in the instructions).  The pocket fits nicely within the waistband – a fantastic deep waistband – so comfy & providing enough depth for even larger smartphones in that pocket at the back.  The waistband ‘s shape is kept from sagging / stretching too much by some thin elastic sewn into the seam allowance at the top edge.

Floral leggings

I am thrilled with these leggings, seriously.  No that is the zip, not a piercing.

I took them for a spin yesterday & they felt luxurious, well fitted (that crotch piece adds a certain something to the comfort factor) & easy to run in- the running itself may have been a struggle, but it wasn’t the leggings holding me back this time!

21 thoughts on “Pacific Leggings- floral leggings take 2

  1. Sam

    These look fabulous, so much nicer than boring old plain black ones! I’m thinking of starting to try and run, maybe something like this would encourage me a bit!

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  2. Joanne

    Lovely! I love the floral – bit of a clash with your hi-viz! I haven’t ever made any running gear although I bought the VNA top over a year ago. They really are great.

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  3. PsychicKathleen

    I love your leggings! I have this on my list for sure this year – a fancy, VERY floral pair of leggings! Gorgeous and thank you for the link to spoonflower’s performance knits!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oooh keep a look out for free shipping days at SPoonflower! ANd for leggings don’t forget its the sports lycra not the performance knit you want – the 4 ways stretch makes all the difference 🙂

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  4. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Oh, very cute leggings! I have a sample of Spoonflower’s 4 way stretch fabric and your favourable review is music to my ears. I’ve read two positive reviews and I’m excited to try them. I have made Sewaholic’s Dunbar tops and I want to make the Pacific leggings. Ah, you are such an enabler, LOL.

    I’ve included a link to my Dunbar tops, because I know you’d have great fun with this pattern too: 🙂 I altered the shelf bra a little and plan to post on that too.

    A Colourful Canvas: Sewaholic Dunbar Top

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Sue, your workout clothes are all amazing – what an array of yoga variations you now have! I love the way you have taken the ginger jeans to a new level (who’d have thought?!!) & I have the Dunbar pattern too so it’s great to be inspired by your versions!

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  5. Sarah Jane

    Those are awesome, Winnie! I swear that your sewing of workout gear may be responsible for me finally getting off my backside and actually starting to get more exercise if for no other reason than I have workout clothes envy! 🙂

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  6. Frances

    They certainly looked fab up those hills last Thursday, shame there were so many! But then it was hill training day teehee. Xx

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      You would think that leggings are leggings wouldn’t you? But what with these and the variations that Melissa has designed there are stacks of variations to the standard leggings pattern- how marvellous when you love sewing them as I do! And I am very happy with the fit. Very comfy, so thank you!

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  7. Alessa

    Those leggings look fabulous! I love the print, how fortunate that it now comes in a leggings-appropriate fabric! The pocket looks like a very practical feature.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      These have to be my fave leggings at the moment – so comfy to wear and also the fit – so comfy. I think the pocket is a runner’s essential, & it’s been designed to be big enough…fab pattern I have to say 🙂

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  8. Anica

    These look so cool! I’ve just cut into my fabric (turquoise and purple!). I’m a little scared about the gusset but I’ll figure it out when I get there! I was wondering, what kind of elastic did you use? Just standard elastic, clear elastic or something special?

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Anica, thank yoU! Turquoise & purple sound an awesome combo! If memory serves me I think I just used regular elastic…nothing special….not clear elastic, just regular white elastic. Works a treat

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