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.
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)
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!
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?
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. )