Plum tights

Road testing gymwear can reveal shortcomings of a make before your wear it as planned. Having cold ankles while testing these plum tights made it quiet clear they were way too short – even for me.
The first version was made with two-way stretch knit so the length was part of the stretch.

This plum version has one-way stretch with a soft inside for warmth.

This fabric is the same as the fabric I’ve used in the v-neck top above. I won’t be wearing these pieces together. It will look too matchy-matchy.

Like the orange zippers? Another stash piece used – yay! That’s the 7cm band I added to keep my ankles warm.

The fit on my hips, waist and legs worked but not the capri length  To add the ankle band, I unpicked and resewed in the zipper.

Love it when I can match the top stitching at the seams. You can clearly see the back centre seam is longer than the front centre seam. The waist band was sewn on with the elastic in it. No elastic casing insertion required. The top stitching on the seaming is coverstitched.

Lesson to self
Keep the tights shorter for two-way stretch knit. Add length for one-way stretch knits.
I do have a rad knit print waiting for a running pair. Hi Melissa.

Head to toe

Winter is coming… I love Game of Thrones! So to keep my little legs warm leggings using a pattern McCalls 6404 View D aimed at non-gym activities worked wonders. Then came the top Kwik Sew 3567.

The legging uses a stash of navy cotton/spandex from the Remnant Warehouse and 2 green zippers from zipper stop. 

After reading the reviews on PR, I cut the small size. So depending on the fabric, I’ll make extra small next time. Flattering sizing for this shortie! I orginally took 2.5cm off the leg length at the ankle. After the initial fitting, I took off an additional 7cm off the length.

Now for the tushy adjustment…
I’ve deepened the back crotch curve and after the initial fitting, the centre back now has a very small yolk. The pattern now as a longer centre back seam (4cm) now and and a sway back adjustment (3cm). 

I’ve used a straight stitch for construction and cover stitched the seam stitching. Other reviewers said they should have used a wider elastic, so I used a 32mm wide elastic in the waistband. That worked a dream. As did marking the top of the leggings to the top of my unmentionables. That also worked well because it was just me and the mirror working on the fit of these leggings. Let’s move on…

Then I had to have a long sleeve top – didn’t I?

Using Kwik Sew 3567 View B with a V-neckline and fabric from my favourite local fabric place MyHung, sold me the last of the purple roll to make this top (and more longs later). We haggled a bit – just for the fun of it.

I can safely say tracing out the small size and sewing this top took 3 hours. 6mm seam allowances are wonderful using a simple straight stitch for the seams and coverstitched hems. This little number was great the next morning at the gym.
At the end of the class, no glistening markings and fleshy bits showed and the class was hard but worthwhile.

Here’s today’s work wear outfit. Me made dress Simplicity 8914 and me made cardi. And the light fog lifted too.