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Thursday, 6 June 2013

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.

14 comments:

Lori said...

I am very impressed repicking that zipper. They look great.

RhondaBuss said...

MMM revealed that I need more casual and active wear clothes in my wardrobe.
Great tights and the zip is such a fun accent.

Kristy said...

Orange is a surprisingly good match for purple tights, they look pretty cool. I agree with you on the matching top and bottoms not being such a good look - it's reminds me a bit of John Howard's walking tracksuits!

Clio said...

LOVE the orange zipper with the purple!

Louise said...

Love the close up pics, it enables me to see all that top-stitching work and construction you have done.Orange and purple look great.

Andrea said...

Very nice, love the orange ankle zips.

BeaJay said...

They are a nice pair of pants. Love the orange zip and top-stitching. Great save on the length.

Kyle said...

Nice way to make 'em longer!!

Sue said...

Great work out gear! I have been trying to make some of my own, but finding wicking fabric is the hardest part (not such an issue in the cold weather). Any good sources/supplier info would be great. :)

Goodbye Valentino said...

Love these pants and would have never noticed the shortcomings you pointed out!

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Yes, the orange zip looks great - orange being the complement of purple. Fantastic idea to lengthen the pants - although not fun to take out and re-insert a zip.

Melinda said...

They look great! I agree with the others, the orange and purple look lovely together. What pattern did you use?

I assume that's Melissa's waistband tutorial that you've used? It's excellent isn't it!

Cherrypix said...

Very cool! Where did you get the stretch fabric?

melissa said...

Excellent save! I've had one or two ankles too baggy, but none too short yet. Eagerly awaiting the rad fabric! ;)

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