Exercise · sewing

Botanical Leggings

I love leggings, even before the pandemic I was living in leggings outside of work.  I have lounge leggings, leggings that I wear outside the house (other than working out), and of course workout leggings.  

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I’m pretty proficient at making them, in fact the hardest part for me is finding the right fabric.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to workout leggings, the fabric has to have wicking, without being suffocating… and have the right amount of ‘grab’.  

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After I finished the first round of the Whole 30 Fabric Challenge one of my first purchase was this Arete fabric from GreenStyle Creations  which is a new fabric that I was curious to try.  The pattern is “Botanical Bliss” which is so pretty and feels so nice!  The blend is Polyester/spandex, it has a nice hand to it and is ‘squat proof’… very important these days!    

The best thing about this fabric is it matches my Seattle Kracken sweatshirt (Go Kracken!!) which was a happy surprise!  And, can I toss out there that aqua is my favorite color and for that alone I love our new hockey team!     

The pattern I used for these leggings is the Simpatico Leggings also from GreenStyle Creations.  The pattern comes in three lengths which is nice as it saved me from having to add length like I typically have do.  The other modification I usually make is a ‘full butt adjustment’ (otherwise they tend to ride low in the back)… but since this was the first time I made these leggings I wanted to see how they fit before I made the modification – and so I would know how much I needed to add.  To my great surprise these leggings fit great in that area – no FBA needed.

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 I also like how the pattern allowed more room in the calf area which most leggings I’ve made don’t account for. I noticed by having that extra allowance in the calf I don’t have bagging between my calfs and ankles.   

I have more fabric on the way so more to come – soon!  

Happy Sewing

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