If you want to get into my head & understand the joy that these floral leggings give me (despite their shortcomings which I will detail below) ,……
then you may want to listen to this while reading on …..
OK, are you set? Have you got beyond the intro? OK, shimmy in your seat & dream of sunshine & colour…..smile away….these leggings you see make me want to party! Or run. The fabric is a Spoonflower performance knit that I ordered during a free shipping promotion. The thought of blooms all over my pins could not be surpressed. The darkish colour felt suitable for a long pair in the winter. I used the Megan Neilson Virginia leggings pattern which I have executed satisfactorily a few times before, full length there in bamboo. They have a separate waistband & are single piece leggings (ie just one inner leg seam). I wanted a simple design.
So they should have been a simple sew, & they were. I was stingy & ordered just a metre, which was a scrape to get the full length, but bearing in mind my red bamboo leggings are long enough to gather around my ankles, I felt I could get away with losing a bit off the length.
I added a mini inner pocket & what’s that? OK, a canny keyring sewn in to keep my doorkey safe whilst out without pockets.
So what’s the deal? Well, I made a terrific mistake. The most terrific mistake you can make with stretch fabrics. I did not take into account the percentage stretch needed. Nor the direction of stretch. I did not even test my fabric before cutting out. This fabric has limited (25% ) two way (weft) stretch. Not enough for cutting a normal pair of leggings that requires ?40-50% stretch would you say? So I could have overcome that by cutting a larger size, but with no vertical stretch either, I should also have cut longer legs & a longer length at the rise too & maybe, just maybe, I would have got away with it ….
What happens now is that all the limited stretch goes outwards, making the length even shorter. And at certain pressure points when being worn the floral print is stretched to the point at which the print is at its limit eg (lower leg) You wouldn’t believe these were designed as full length leggings would you, but hipster capris? They pass! (Just beware who is standing behind you when you do your stretches after your run!)
I have been wearing them to run in though. How could I not? But I have to hoik them up so that there is enough spare fabric around my joints – knees & hips – to move. They are probably not the most flattering fit as a result, but as you can probably tell, I don’t care.
I don’t think that people notice this creasing around knees & upper thigh because they are fundamentally jealous of my floral pins. But, readers, take my story & be warned & hopefully when you choose such awesome fabric you are more cautious & prepared than I was.
Perfect combo with my Surf to summit top.