Today after work I made my own running tights. They took three hours to make, maybe a new record for me. I had bought a pattern last year and this is my second time using it. I made an awesome pair before but spilled red wine on them. In the past I tried to save money (be cheap) by finding free patterns online for leggings. However, I learned the hard way that you really can’t run in leggings. No matter what I try running always makes the crotch slide down, not the waist, but the crotch part. So bad for running.
This is my first and only pattern I have bought online but I was sick of making leggings that weren’t working and running tights are so expensive, anywhere from $50-$100+. This pattern is 12.99 by mail or 11.99 to download. I was going to get the paper pattern, and wait for it to come in the mail and everything, but when I seen the PDF version I knew right away I had to get that instead. These tights have passed my running test: They do not fall down.
The first tights I made using a flatlock stitch on my serger. That didn’t work so great though because the seams kept coming apart and there are holes in my pants now. So this time I basted each seam and then did a regular overlock stitch over every seam as I was going. I expect this will prevent holes forming. There are seams though, which might bother me while I’m running but I don’t think it will actually be a problem.
If you would like to make your own running tights I really recommend this pattern. It’s by Jalie. I had never heard of them before this, but I found the running tights pattern on Pinterest and it led me to them. Here’s the link if you want to check them out 🙂
So cool that you made your own tights.
…And your opening your own shop when…? 🙂
I should do that shouldn’t I? I’m thinking about signing up at my local farmers market. Or maybe starting an Etsy store. Thanks for the encouragement!! 😊
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I’ll deconstruct my Skins tights for you so you can follow the design of the panels….I’ll be your first customer.
That would be awesome, but they wouldn’t turn out as good as Skins, I can’t do flat seams 😛
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It’s ok…. We’ll get the iron out…. They’ll flatten out eventually.