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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!