For my March #stitchactivewear sew-along, I made a new pair of Aila leggings with the same fabric that I used when I sewed one of the many prototypes for what would eventually become the finished leggings sewing pattern.
While I liked the prototype version and have been wearing it a ton, I thought it would be nice to remake them since I had some more fabric in my stash and knowing that this time the fit and look would be perfect!
The fabric is quite eye-catching and normally not something I would gravitate towards since I’m more inclined towards a more muted palette normally. But this print is such a mood booster and I will admit that I like to stand out a bit in the gym among the sea of black leggings, which is still by far the most common pick here in Sweden. Now I love black leggings too, but it’s fun to do something different from time to time.
For the hem, I used reverse 3-needle coverstitching with textured flossy thread in the looper (Madeira AeroFlock, highly recommended). It’s such an easy way to add some interest to homemade leggings. For more tips on hemming leggings, check out the post on hemming in the Aila leggings sew-along series.
Since this leggings fabric is quite slippery, I lined the waistband with soft supplex instead, which is something I strongly recommend if the fabric you are using for the leggings doesn’t sit quite right around the waist.
I’m super happy with how these turned out and have already been wearing them quite a lot. The gyms are currently open here in Sweden, but with some safety practises put in place, so I’ve still been able to work out fairly regularly.
BTW, if you want to get your hands on the Aila leggings sewing pattern, today March 31 is the last day to get 15% off using the code stitchactivewear at check-out.
And in case you have missed it, I’ve also created an extensive Aila leggings sew-along , if you want to dive deep into all the best tips and practises for sewing leggings and make your best pair of leggings ever!
NannaMay 29, 2020 at 9:22 am
Hi Johanna. Thank you for all your posts!
I am looking for fabric for work out leggins which isnt regular lycra. Must be fully squat proof and suitable for dance, skating etc with a lot of movement and sweating 🙂 any ideas? And any ideas for Europe based vendors?
I mainly sew figure skating dresses in fine mesh, lycra etc so Im stuggling to navigate all the other types of stretch materials for active wear
BarkatOctober 30, 2021 at 10:30 am
So beautiful leggings. Good sew legging. I like