Monday, August 18, 2014

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I've had workout pants on my list of things to make for a while now, because a) why not and b) I'd like to have choices other than black or neon. These are the Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings, and I am calling them my Rainbow Sparkle Pants of Awesome. They are not actually sparkly, but I feel sparkly when I wear them. I think it is likely that, as I huff through the neighborhood, any unicorns and fairies that happen to be in the vicinity will see my pants and have no choice but to join me. I will be like a pied piper of sparkly, mythical creatures.

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I loved the pattern! My measurement were exactly the same as the XS, so that's what made. The PDF went together fine, and since there are a lot of pieces none of them were that big, and I just cut them out as I went so there was no major paper wrangling. 

 Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I did as the instructions suggested and basted the accent stripes on the side seam together, and when I did they lined up perfectly. But then after I serged them they were off a little. Bummer. Luckily they are surrounded by a pastel rainbow so it's not so noticeable.

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I think everything is pretty ok fit wise. They're a little long on me, not ridiculously so but they could stand to be shortened. I think for the next pair I'm going to end them right at the bottom of the back knee accent thing, for better ventilation while accomplishing great feats of athleticism.

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I skipped the interior pocket [it was supposed to go on the center back] just because I didn't think I'd ever use it. Also the pattern called for 3/4" elastic, which I didn't have, but I wanted to finish the pants RIGHT NOW so I just used 1" and it was fine. I like wider elastic better anyway because it feels less muffin top-y when you wear it.

I used a wide zig zag to stitch down the waistband and hem the bottoms, because to be honest I've been experiencing some twin needle fatigue recently, and I'm just sick of using them. I hate switching it out and rethreading. I actually considered getting out my old machine to set up just to be a twin needle machine...is it worth the table space?? Is that more or less work?

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

Ok I know this next picture is ridiculous. This is apparently what I look like while trying to jump. I was trying to do something athletic. But I'm including it because it's the only one where you can see the top of the back. THAT IS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

Let's talk about the fabric, or my failure thus far to successfully find workout pant fabric. Despite its unicorn-attracting properties, it's actually not so great, not quality wise but just appropriateness. It's basically swimwear fabric. It's slinky and really stretchy and SEE THROUGH, and when I put it on it makes me instantly feel clammy. I think I'll have to save the unicorn charming for cooler weather.

I have found it really hard to shop for activewear fabric online because I don't really know what I'm looking for. I have these workout pants from Target that I'm trying to emulate that are some kind of synthetic jersey, but they're softer and slightly thicker and fuzzier(?) than like a spandex bike short material. It seems like every online listing for workout fabric says something to the effect, "for dance, activewear, yoga pants, blouses, dresses." That is not helpful. Also who is using the same fabric for all those things?

Does anyone have any specific fabrics to recommend? Melissa actually has a very comprehensive list of where to buy activewear fabric on the Fehr Trade website [this fabric is from Spandex by Yard], which was super helpful, but you still never know what something will feel like when you're looking at a website.

Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings

I had to buy a yard of each fabric, so I have lots left over of the navy. I think I'll make another pair, just reversed, despite the clam-factor.

Also, thanks everyone for chiming in on my last post about my partial fail shorts! I so appreciate all your suggestions and feedback!!

23 comments:

  1. Love that photo of you mid air! And totally feeling your pain finding workout fabrics.

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  2. this is brilliant and those photos are very cool

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  3. These are the most brilliant running tights! You look really fast, even when just standing still... perfect! If you figure out the activewear fabric thing, please let us know. I am just buying cheap one-yard bits to try to learn both about the fabric and about sewing these types of things. I really lucked out with some "supplex-like" stuff from Fabric Mart a while back, but it's so hit or miss.

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    1. yes i keep seeing "supplex" mentioned, and i really thought that the navy was supplex, which was disappointing because it's also slinky and swimwear-like, but then i looked at my order confirmation and it actually wasn't. so maybe i should try supplex next!

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  4. Arghhhh these are AMAZING! You are my favorite Rainbow Sparkle Unicorn<3

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  5. These look so great! To be honest, I feel like I never choose the right fabric for activewear! I've made a few things in a lycra blend that feels like swimwear, and it's way too hot for warm weather activities! But cotton-lycra doesn't feel like it has enough recovery for athletic wear. Tricky!

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    1. yes very tricky. let's trade intelligence if either of us ever figures it out.

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  6. You are hilarious. Also, nice pants :)

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  7. Dammnn girl! I'd love to workout in that!

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    1. yeahhhhh you hop on the unicorn sparkle train!

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  8. Those leggings are super cool! I would love to try to make my own athletic clothing. The sizing for those pants puts me between sizes but I love the design, so maybe I can cut out the pattern between two sizes...
    Also I totally feel you when it comes to the twin needle. I made a Grainline Studio Hemlock tee yesterday and couldn't be bothered to switch out the needle and wind an extra bobbin of thread, so I just zig zagged the hems.

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    1. thanks! if it helps at all, my finished pants could have standed to be a little bit tighter if anything, so maybe you'd be able to just make the smaller size. a lot probably depends on the stretch in your fabric.

      and ZIG ZAGGING IS A TOTALLY VALID HEM OPTION, amen.

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  9. Woo!! Love these - I'm totally biased on the pattern of course but the EXTRA WILD UNICORN FABRIC just took it that little bit further. :D On the twin needle thing - zigzagging is a totally valid option, yes. And if I can be an enabler for a minute, holy crap I love my coverstitch. Seriously, it just finishes hems beautifully every damned time. And it's way easier to thread than a serger so I change my threads to match all the time. On the fabric topic - get swatches! And be on the lookout for keyword "supplex" and "wicking", but also check to see the stretch %, and/or the amount of lycra/spandex in the fibre breakdown. In these case, the more lycra/spandex, the better the recovery (ie: less baggy knees).

    Oh and if you didn't see, I just launched a range of designs on Spoonflower with a local illustrator, so you can buy one yard, printed onto wicking fabric, and get all the bits and coordinating colours for my patterns (except I couldn't squeeze the PB Jams into one yard, so I'm working on a 2 yard solution for those!).

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    1. ohhh how i want a coverstitch!! you have pushed me even closer to the brink of buying one. :]

      your Spoonflower launch is SUCH A GOOD IDEA! and yes for some reason I never consider getting swatches from online stores. I think it's because I'm impatient. But in my future online shopping excursions I will remember to ask for swatches and look for supplex! Thank you so much for the advice!

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  10. Wait, I think I need this pattern in my life! But I have the same dilemma as you, I need to feel the fabric, so I know what I'm getting. Your pants turned out magical though!

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  11. Funki Fabrics make amazing activewear fabric! A few bloggers have created active wear using their fabrics! I find that the fabric is completely stretchy enough and opaque enough for me to comfortably exercise! Check them out www.funkifabrics.com

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  12. Super nice Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings! The beautiful prints on your workout tights are way too adorable. I also have to buy new running tights but need to know about best fabric. I wonder if you have any suggestions for best fabric then please let me know.

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