As I turn over my wardrobe in preparation for the cooler months ahead, I often have to review my leggings situation from last season. Has the quality stood the test of time? Is the elastic still in proper shape? Are there holes, runs and/or excessive pilling? For me, tights are on the top my list of items to review and renew when winter hits.
I have found that the easiest way to get the most of my leggings is to make my own. That way I can customize them to meet all of my needs. I use my leggings for layering, and I even wear them under jeans in the colder months (like long johns!). There are some great patterns out there that you can use to sew your own. Here are some of my favorites:
- Drafting Your Own Legging Pattern
- Leggings with seams/panels
- Commercial sewing pattern
- Print at home pattern
Making your own leggings is quick and easy, and it gives you the freedom to choose the perfect fabric and modify the length and fit.
Since cycling to work is also becoming more and more common for city dwellers like me, (I’ve been riding to TÉLIO’s Toronto Showroom for about 6 years now) and it didn’t take long to realize that I could turn my tired leggings into bicycle shorts to give them new life! They are perfect alone, under your skirts and dresses, and even for exercising.
What about fabric? For a good pair of leggings, you want to choose a knit with a decent amount of stretch. This will give them the most comfortable fit. If you are layering your leggings, stick to natural fibers for breathability. And when you are washing your leggings, remember to cool wash, and hang to dry – this will prevent the spandex from breaking down quickly.
The best part of making your own leggings? When you pull out a pair you made last year, and they still look brand new. Now who can argue with that?