Well hello! I would like to introduce you to my new funki legs.
These pins are being motivated by the joy that a new pair of groovy leggings can bring. I mean when you have leggings like this, they have just got to be shared with the world, right? They can’t languish in the cupboard but have to get running!
Starting backwards here, aren’t I? With the finished result for a change. So let’s carry on in that vein. These are my newest running leggings using Fehr Trade’s Duathlon pattern- capri length. I love this pattern – it is such an easy make plus it has pockets. That is one big essential for running kit. Pockets. And these pockets are optimally sized for an iphone & keys (one pocket each side).
OK there’s a little interruption of my sleek silhouette when my car keys are lumping out of one thigh & my iphone creates a rectangular shell-like structure on the other, but they are secure enough & it’s a small price to pay for not having to wear a bumbag, & until the weather declines, I refuse to wear my running jacket for all that its pockets are roomy & secure.
And I made these in an evening. Score.
So time for to answer that question you most want answered. The fabric! Yes it is awesome isn’t it – it’s animal print in black & white with the addition of red roses & carnations. What a killer combo. It rocks don’t you think? It is going to help me pack those miles in this autumn. It’s from Funki Fabrics who approached me asking me if I would like to try some of their fabric. Well of course I said yes! I mean, I could only think running gear, that was all I had in mind. The hardest part was narrowing down my favorites.
So I sent back a shortlist asking for samples and I was so glad I did this – in some way. The good thing is that you can get a true idea of scale & colour – for real. So getting the samples was also disappointing because I wanted them all! They were just as brilliant in real life & completely met my expectations. Discount the plain juvenile (I asked for a sample of the superheroes, I mean Darth Vader, Batman & Spidee? My
boys young men would think I was so cool. For a minute, then laugh at me for being ridiculous ) But that didn’t stop me having fun with some of my other choices. I am going to surprise you with my others as I make them up, oh yes! You ain’t seen nothing yet.
What I thought was fascinating about Funki Fabrics is that all the designs are custom printed on this lovely lycra. It is not wicking so not technically suitable for very long runs, but for general running, that most of us do, maybe 10k or so, in “normal” weather conditions it would be fine & dandy. And I could imagine shorter versions for summer would also be great….
Yes, custom printed which means that the samples arrived as specially printed rectangles on strips of fabric. With white borders. And this is applied to the lengths of fabric you order as well. I ordered one metre & it was printed on a piece of lycra, a 1mx 1.45m with a white border. And one of my choices was half a metre. Again, specially printed, a piece of fabric with a white border and a 1.45m x 0.5, rectangle of groovy print captured inside.
Is this just too funky with my Jungle January XYT top?
Now Funki do offer a free sample service, as discussed, but there’s got to be a limit & with all of that temptation? I took so long shortlisting.
This week I heard that Funki are now offering something totally wild – you can buy a collection of designs in a single transaction as a sample sheet!
Multiple designs have been selected and printed onto a single piece of fabric – it’s a great way to see loads of the designs (in this case the first on offer is the autumn collection) all on one piece. Now those leggings would be super Funki!But then, just wait until I sew up my other fabric. Wowsers.
What are the funkiest leggings you have? What pics & embellishments adorn your pins?
Hope you’re having a great weekend all.