This is the shorts sample for my work-out set. For a while now I’ve been working on perfecting my workout tights pattern draft. I figure that if I get this draft right I will be able to produce a multitude of styles, using the same pattern. Leggings without a side seam should be like the simplest style ever, but I’ve done so many samples in an attempt to get the perfect fit.
I guess the reason is that my wishlist is so long….
My workout tights wishlist
A great fit around the waist.
No muffin top and a wide shaped waist band that doesn’t hit too high or too low.
No camel too!
And it’s not just an aesthetic thing. Having a seam cut in your crotch is not a nice feeling.
No sagging around the knees
Another issue I’ve had with my samples is getting the fit tight enough around the knees. Obviously this sample wont give me hint of the fit around the knee. But I’ve feel hopeful I’ve nailed it now.
Tight fit around the ankle
I don’t like it when there is too much ease around the ankles. I want my tights to be snug all over, but not so tight that it keeps the blood from moving!
No sagging fabric under the butt
Whenever I make or buy pants I always end up with plenty of excess fabric under my butt/the upper legs. I can think of no other explanation than that my butt is not really compatible with pants.
If you want a visual of my pant fitting issues here is an old example of my pant fitting woes and how I improved them.
And even when wearing workout tights I still end up with some extra fabric in the behind. I mean how is that even possible?!
Anyways, with this sample I think I’ve achieved a fit around the tush that I am happy about. Only issue now is that I made the thigh cuffs too high, so they cut into my butt and subsequently creating some minor under butt wrinkles. The reason why I choose cuffs over simply hemming the shorts are that they make the legs less prone to ride up when I exercise. I think this might be my fifth attempt at drafting tights. Oh, well, upwards and onwards!
P.S. I discovered today that my blogging template was not as mobile compatible as I thought it was, so I’ve changed the template and did some redesign in the process. Hopefully the new blog layout will work for everyone. Just chime if not. I also switched to snippets on the start page instead of showing full posts for the same reason, i.e. to make my blog better for smart phones. Feedback on that is of course also greatly appreciated.