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Sequin running vest and purple leggings

16 April 2012, 17:12

I’m going to break from tradition here and actually post my next two outfits out of sequence from when I made them, mostly because I just shared my elastic waistband tutorial with you, but also because I’m really freaking excited about sewing exercise gear right now. Honestly, it’s starting to become nearly lingerie-levels of hysteria with me – super quick to make, easy to fit, and lots of wild colours and patterns in small doses! But you’ll get to see my “civilian” top and trousers later this week, so no worries if you’re starting to glaze over at all the lycra…

For this set of running gear, I’ve paired up the Papercut “Ooh La Leggings” pattern (UK stockist here) with my self drafted knit block (from Metric Pattern Cutting). And in the case of the top, I altered the seam lines and armhole shape to suit!

You may remember the ex-Prada sequin trompe l’oeil fabric from a few years ago when I used it to make a cowl top. I wear that all the time, but I only had a small piece leftover in my stash, and it was far too lovely to throw away. But with a bit of creative thinking, it was enough for this! Though I think I’ll lower the curve a bit for my next running vest so the peak is just at my underbust…

As you can see with the leggings (or maybe not, the purple fabric is quite dark!), there are no side seams here! The shaped front and back yokes give some really cool, curved seams, and they merge nicely into front- and back-leg seams instead.

The other thing to note is that even though my measurements match size Medium almost exactly, I chose to sew a Small here instead, but that’s not to do with the pattern, and everything to do with the fabric, which Cidell also owns and strongly advised I size down for exercise gear as it has a generous amount of stretch!

I must say, this Papercut pattern combined with the super stretchy, super comfortable Suziplex is a match made in heaven! Suziplex is the Suzi Spandex own version of supplex, which they claim is far superior and I’m inclined to agree! I bought the dark purple and pale grey colourways when I was in Montreal earlier this month and I! Must! Buy! More!

Seriously, I know in real life that people frown on wearing leggings as trousers, but for running, that’s exactly what you need to do. And I am amazed at how fantastic these leggings make my arse look! Hello sexy Running, I love everything you do for me!!

The only thing I don’t like about these leggings is that the lower legs are reeeeeeally long. I’m fairly tall and I have to lengthen standard Burda trouser patterns, but these are really bunching up around my lower legs. I love that they’re really close at the ankle, though (unlike my bastardised Jalie pair which are too loose at the ankles!), so I’ll take the length out of the lower leg of the pattern rather than from the ankle.

Here’s a closeup of my crotch, errr seaming details! This looks like it’d be complicated to construct, but the instructions are seriously good and the order of construction is really easy for these. Combine this with my better waistband tutorial, and you’ve got a new pair of leggings in an evening!

I cut out and serged the main body of this top weeks ago (when I was putting together my lycra & lace running gear), but I fell into a major problem when I couldn’t finish the neckline and armhole edges. I treated myself to a binder attachment for my coverstitch machine, but wow those have a steep learning curve! It took me a good 50 feet of test binding to get it good enough for primetime here, of which I’m really proud!

I’ve been working flat-out all weekend on my refashioning challenge for my running group, so I’ve got lots to share once I’ve finished the lot. So far I’ve finished a ladies top and leggings, plus I’m midway through a ladies running skirt, and two men’s tops! I’ve also taken the opportunity to practice even more with the binder attachment, so I’ll share my tips on that later.

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  1. I like a lot lot lot the seaming details on the leggings ! With regards to the cover stitch binder, I can only agree with you, reallllyy not easy to get the fine width on top vs bottom fold. And now I find like I should have purchased the smaller size binder…

    Veronica    Apr 16, 06:25 PM    #
  2. Very snazzy running gear! The seam detail is very cool.
    Your looking fitter and fitter all the time. I think the phrase around here is: fitter than a butcher’s dog!

    Karin    Apr 16, 06:29 PM    #
  3. Oh, those look REALLY good! I was out the outlets this weekend and checked out a lot of leggings and capris. This material is very very good!

    Cidell    Apr 16, 07:37 PM    #
  4. Wow. You look great. Your gear is cute (I’ve never seen a sequined singlet!) and it doesn’t hurt that you are so fit!

    meli88a    Apr 17, 12:37 AM    #
  5. Oh nice! I’ve been wanting to try these cute little leggings but was hoping someone would do an in depth post on them – thanks a million! I just love the seam lines on them – so different. Cheers for the link for the fabric you used too – always comes in handy!!

    poppykettle    Apr 17, 01:05 AM    #
  6. Those leggings look great. I love the seam lines on your top.

    I am progressing with my binding. Some fabrics definitely are easier than others.

    Katherine    Apr 17, 01:26 AM    #
  7. I love your running gear. The neck binding looked so good I was going to ask how you did it – well done mastering a new gadget.
    I think I need to start making my own running clothes to get me motivated again – yours look so fabulous! I’m feeling sorry for myself after being bitten by a dog last tuesday when running.(Perhaps that was a cosmic way of saying I need to go faster!)

    Kim Hood    Apr 17, 09:09 AM    #
  8. What a coincidence! I am writig a post on activewear this week! The thought of making active wear kind of scares me but seeing you accomplish it inspires me :)

    Maddie    Apr 17, 04:06 PM    #
  9. I am so glad you’ve caught the activewear sewing bug – and of course, you’ve done a beautiful job! I’ve made lots of leggings and tops for biking to work, but I’d love to try this leggings pattern. I could see it working quite well! It’s so fun to mix in those well-loved stretchy scraps, too.

    I encourage any of your readers to try sewing activewear, even if you don’t have a coverstitch machine. It’s great fun and FAST once you get the hang of it!

    — M Kate    Apr 17, 05:01 PM    #
  10. Fantastic Melisaa. You are so versatile with your sewing! These are beautiful.

    VallyP    Apr 17, 10:05 PM    #
  11. I love it! So impressed.

    — Alison    Apr 18, 05:44 AM    #
  12. Thank you for sharing your sewing tutorials, you do a fantastic job, & I love that you share both “fails”, as well as “successes”, because it helps us not get too down on ourselves when we don’t get it right the first few times, particularly with things like lycra & bindings! LOL! Thank you, you are a great teacher! Keep up the great work!

    — Becky Ware    Jun 3, 12:27 AM    #

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