I try to show you all my finished garments in the order I make them, but I just can’t wait to show you my wildest running leggings yet! I only finished the hems on Monday night and stuffed them into my running bag to wear to Run dem Crew last night, and WOW, they got a glowing reception!
I made these with Funki Fabrics’ digitally printed lycra in “Tribal white on black”, plus fluorescent yellow lycra from Minerva Fabrics, inserted above the knee (and is WAY brighter than it appears in these photos!).
I liked the design lines of this McCalls leggings pattern, so I adapted my self-drafted leggings pattern to have similar sections above the knee, with angled thigh seams to be a bit more flattering (or, as flattering as you can get in neon yellow, ha!).
I had a friend take these photos after our run last night (a very fast 10km run with the Cheetah group around Victoria Park! Geeky stats here if you’re interested)
And then I had some photoshoot hijinks with our resident celebrity, and I just thought the photo was too hilarious to keep to myself!
Suffice it to say, I got rather a lot of interest in sewing more custom-drafted leggings for friends last night, so I’ve really got to sort out my pricing structure so a) I’m not too busy doing these all the time but b) not too expensive that no one wants to play with me!
In terms of other sewing inspiration, I got some great gift goodies in the post this week!
From Lakaribane (via Montreal and Pennsylvania…) I got three Vogues I picked out ages ago and forgot all about!
- Vogue 1316, a designer Rebecca Taylor colourblocked sheath dress for wovens or stable knits
- Vogue 1302, a designer Kay Unger sheath dress with gathered bodice panels
- Vogue 2859, a vintage 1935 reproduction pattern for a swanky gown, blouse, and coat
…and, as luck would have it, I see that Vogue are having a sale right now so all the above are on sale for $3.88 each (shame about their extortionate UK shipping!!).
Also, I had a belated meetup with my friend Pip, where she gave me some birthday gifts, which included:
- Merckwaerdigh PBH30 a pattern for a frameless bra and variety of bodysuits (I freaking love bodysuits but ALL the rtw ones are too short in the torso!)
- Drape Drape 3, which, IMHO, has a bunch more wearable designs in it than the previous two books in the series
With the warming weather, I’m starting to turn my thoughts towards Spring sewing ideas (including running in this, too), so I’ll have more to report on soon, plus the latest Burda and my final photoshoot from Baltimore (a top from the second Drape Drape book, coincidentally enough!)
But sadly, one thing I won’t be showing you is the latest Manequim magazine, because some idiot at Abril posted me an entirely different magazine in my envelope!! I’ve not heard anything back yet from their customer service, so it’ll probably be the standard “oh, we’ll extend your subscription by one issue…” At least it’s not the Oscar dress special!!