So this is how my new DIY workout leggings turned out! I really tried to up my game with this pair, using a lot of different techniques and design details to make them look like I could have bought them in a store, but hopefully even better since I can assert the fit and add more practical details, like a lot of pockets.
I did two kinds of side pockets. The one on the left side has a lid ment to cover the lower pocket, but I should have made the lid longer to fully close the pocket. But there is always a next time!
I used two contrasting fabrics. Both are from Stoff & Stil’s sports collection. I especially like the abstract print fabric, it is really soft and transport moisture well. The black is bit less effective when it comes to wicking, but still good. As for the fit, I need to make them a bit tighter around the knees and ankles, but apart from that I’m very happy with the fit. They are snug, but not super tight, which is the fit I prefer.
Plus I managed to reduce the amount of fabric that hangs below my butt to a minimum – my biggest fit issue with trousers is that I always get so much fabric sagging below my butt, even on leggings! Through crotch adjustments I’ve managed to reduce it, but it is still an issue on trousers and I would love to get some suggestion on what causes it and what to do about it (I suspect it has do with how my butt is shaped)
I also added a pocket in the waist band, mostly because I wanted to figure out the construction.
The leggings have a wide waistband. because I prefer it that way. My tummy is somewhat wide compared to my natural waist and I’ve found that a wide waistband that sits below the belly button is the only solution that works on my body. I used narrow elastic in the upper seam allowance to stabilize the waist, but I should have made it a bit more snug. It’s hard getting the perfect size, especially since the size of my tummy really fluctuates due to my hormonal cycle.
The sketch for the leggings. I had originally planned to also use some grey inserts, but when I had cut the pieces I realized that the grey didn’t blend in well with the other two fabrics.
Jumping for joy in my new leggings!
Tutorials related to my leggings project
If you want to see how all four garments turned out, you can check my sewing vlog about my workout wardrobe