Easy to wear, not so easy to make. But I did it! Say hello to my first pair of leggings and her matchy matchy sports bra. Made this set a couple months ago, sorry. Had to alter them three times, not sorry.
So here are five things these gems taught me about sewing, and of course, life!
1. Tight Is Right Negative Ease
Everything I have made up until this point has been pretty straight forward when it comes to making the pattern. However making activewear and swim (coming soon btw) requires a concept I haven’t yet explored in sewing and in life: negative ease. Which, in sewing, means the finished product will be smaller than your actual body measurements since it will stretch when worn. How much will it stretch is the complicated part. The way I test the fabric is by literally pulling it apart to see when it starts to lose it’s form. Then I wing it. Same with life currently. I feel like I am in a season where I am being stretched in ways I have never been before. But no matter how uncomfortable it may be, I am still managing to maintain a form of peace and joy that isn’t distorted. Totally winging it and grateful for this life gem when making this set!
2. Must Be Extra Flexible
Speaking of being stretched, the reason I had to alter this set three times is because I was unaware of what materials were necessary to make activewear extra flexible. I knew from my custom pullovers that sewing on a serger was necessary, however I didn’t know that I couldn’t use regular polyester serger thread. What I needed was thread that could support the almost shoulder dislocating step of pulling my sports bra on and off time and time again. So I hit up my sewing teacher (Google) and discovered wooly nylon thread. It almost looks like yarn, is super stretchy and helps ensure that my leggings won’t bust open mid workout. Such a simple yet powerful adjustment. Like life, it is the little things that make a big difference.
3. Function v. Fashion
Yes, I live in workout clothes. No, I do not feel like I am sacrificing fashion to be functional. In fact I love styling my sweat approved gear in different ways, and since moving to Los Angeles, sets are my new go to. So of course my first go at athletic wear had to be a fashion forward set. This material looks and feels like leather, so don’t be surprised if I show up to your next party wearing these gems with heels and a leather jacket. One look that can be worn multiple ways is a requirement in fashion for me since I am a minimalist that loves getting the maximum use out of things. And relationships lately. The hardest part about moving to a new city has been making new friends. However after almost two years I have shifted my focus to making new memories with old friends. So just like my fashion desires, when it comes to people I find that less is more and quality always trumps quantity.
Leggings, I love you!