The latest issue of Seamwork Magazine came out right before leaving for vacation and I instantly fell in love with the workout leggings on the cover. Maybe it’s because I was starting marathon training again and quickly running out of clothes to wear, or because I had the perfect fabric in mind for these pants-whatever the reason my mind gravitated towards these, and I had to make them ASAP. So, the day after returning from the Bahamas, these pants had begun.
I made Aires out of some performance fabric I bought from Fabric.com. This fabric was heavier than typical active fabrics I’ve worked with- which I’m hoping translates to “warmer” as I’ll be using these for outdoor runs. I do wish the fabric stretched a little more, as the pants are tighter than I would have preferred – but I think working them in will help. I made the XS, as per my measurements, but the hem on my calves are so tight they have to be worn a little higher. If I make these again, I will be leaving my calves a little more room.
I love the design detail on Aires and had been wanting to use a swatch from Spoonflower on a pair of leggings but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it, and this was a great chance to show it off! Aires also features a small pocket on the back waistband which is the perfect size for a Gu, which I like to carry for a shot of energy.
I definitely recommend the pattern. It’s a quick sew, and a great chance to use some fun fabrics!
I wanted to photograph these pants against the New York skyline because I always feature my parent’s farm in photo shoots. I live about a 10 minute walk from the pier in Hoboken and the view is always spectacular. I’m also not used to people being around when taking pictures so these were taken 7:30 Sunday morning so no one would see!
This morning was particularly cold so my actual run for the day I wore fleece lined running leggings and a few more layers on top so I can’t yet comment on the fabric and it’s wicking capabilities but I’ll wear them this week at the gym for a test.
I’m also looking to make Rio, the t-shirt pattern from the same Seamwork issue, but need to find some colorful fabrics for that one! Seamwork has been a great resource. The articles are fantastic and the patterns are cute, and usually quick makes. (I’ve made the Nantucket Shorts previously). Check it out if you haven’t already!