Sewaholic Pacific Leggings. I really love the whole Vancouver pattern collection.
The fabric is tricot nylon/spandex blend from imagine gnats. I don't sew with knits all that often, and had never sewn with this kind of slippery swimsuit knit, but it went pretty well. I used her navy and peacock colors. It is "matte" but definitely a tiny bit shiny. But not at all see-through and perfectly thick enough for running tights, although it won't be warm enough for super cold days.
I sewed View B in a straight size 6, but shortened them one inch at the shorten line.
Tasia has a tutorial for the pocket insertion. I used the Stitch Witchery fusible web and even a fabric glue stick to help me get it in straight, but it still got a little wonky above. It was actually very tricky to get the stitch witchery to melt through this tricot. I like having a pocket for things while I run (often just my car key) but I will probably skip the pocket next time to make things simpler and keep the waistband looking tidier. The pocket fits my iPhone 6, but that is a little bulky to carry there in my opinion.
I used my serger with navy thread, but pre-sewed the seams with a long straight stitch on my regular machine to keep things from sliding while I serged. (Except for piecing each leg in the first step—I only serged those seams, using wonder clips to keep things lined up).
However, the crotch and gusset I only zigzagged on the regular machine. I wasn't confident I could serge the gusset angles well. But, I don't like the look of the zigzag stitch down the center front. I might go back over and try to serge at least to the top of the gusset. It would be GREAT if Tasia would post another tutorial on sewing the gusset.
I also decided not to serge the top of the waistband since you sew 1/4" elastic to the seam allowance in the next step. Could have done it, but it would have been tight unless I disengaged my knife. So that, too, was also only zigzagged. It was also a little tricky to stretch the elastic evenly as I attached it, so it gathered a little unevenly in one spot. You can't tell once they are on me though.
I plan to make them again in a more cotton knit, and without the flashly contrast side panel, although I do like it. About a week after I bought this pattern, Liesl announced her lisette athletic leggings for Butterick. I might have to try hers, too.
Last week I ran my second half marathon—my first one was back when I was 19—and it went great. I'm feeling really happy with my running recently, with lots of PRs and the support of a truly awesome local running group, #runcrozet. Weekly 5:30 a.m. track workouts are my fave!
Happy for an excuse to meld two things I love.
Thanks for reading!