The new year is just around the corner and you know what that means. New Year’s resolutions, right? I’m personally not one to make a resolution just because it’s the new year, but I did make one a few months ago to really get back into fitness and take care of myself better. I’m happy to say a few months later, I am still going strong (and I’m stronger to boot!).
So I made another pair of Sewaholic Pacific Leggings and am sharing them here to give you a little inspiration to make help make your New Year’s resolution of getting healthier a little more fun. I know I have more fun at the gym when I’m wearing something me-made! Especially my Fry outfit… that always gets some laughs. 😉
A lot of my RTW activewear bottoms are solid black and they get a TON of wear. Since I’ve been wearing them for 6-9 years now, they’re starting to show some wear and tear. I wanted to make a brand-spanking-new black pair because black goes with everything. I am so glad I did because I’ve been wearing these every week since I made them!
Instead of going with the size 12 this time, I went down to a size 10. I’d like to think it’s because I’m shrinking a little, but I really just wanted to make sure the back waistband stayed in place. This fabric is crazy slippery, y’all. It’s a poly/nylon from Joann’s and although it’s like wearing an oiled baby pig, it’s opaque as heck. I was eyeing Joann’s quick-wicking fabric, but when I stretched it across my hand, I could almost see through it. Ain’t nobody needs to see what type of underwear I’m wearing underneath! So I went with this medium-weight opaque fabric instead.
I needed a 9 inch zipper for the back waistband pocket and after sifting through my stash, the only one I had was this cranberry-colored one. This was my first time making the back zipper pocket for this pattern and although it was really easy, I did end up breaking a needle!
Be careful out there, y’all!
Anyway, I wanted to try out Tasia’s faux coverstitch look on the leg and waist seams. I luckily had matching thread in my stash already. If you decide to do this look, too, just make sure you choose a decorative stitch that will stretch like the dickens! I’m happy to say there have not been any broken thread tragedies at the gym yet.
I only top-stitched the side leg seams and the waistband seam. I figured less was more and I’m loving the little pops of color here and there.
I also loooove the back pocket on these! I usually leave my purse in the lockers at the gym, so I have this tiny little lock key I have to carry around during my workouts. I love that I can just throw it in my back pocket and not worry about accidentally leaving it at the elliptical machine.
If I ever decide to run or walk outside (HAHA, outside? Yeah, right…) I can even put my smartphone in there in case of an emergency! … or if I get bored while walking, I can surf sewing blogs while exercising. 😉
Oh, and here’s a fun little tidbit of info – The shirt I’m wearing is the one I pattern-traced to make my Fry-cercise top. I love the fit of this top and I’m super chuffed that I was able to reproduce it!
I do have other activewear patterns I need to break into, but I can’t stop thinking about making more Pacific Leggings! I even bought 6 more yards of activewear fabrics so I can bust out two long versions and two shorts.
Time for some happy prancing photos!
These completely embody the joy I feel inside when I wear my me-made activewear while getting buff. Dear sewing, you amaze me sometimes. 🙂