Before I get started on my Inspire-rant, here’s a brief description of the pattern in a nutshell: The Inspires are a classic leggings pattern, designed for athletic wear, with negative ease for a tight fit, a contoured waistband, a triangle gusset, and options for adding inserts behind the knees, or an angled on the upper leg. They have a side seam, which can be emphasized with contrast cover stitching, or eliminated for a seamless look, and, most importantly, a fit blows everything else I’ve tried out of the water!
Why the Inspires?
Greenstyle has several very well loved leggings patterns (and I’ve made them all!), so why are the Inspires my favorite? One word = VERSATILITY!
When I get dressed in the morning, I might have a vague outline for my day- but despite my love for color-coded schedules and all things structured, #momlife and homeschooling has taught me that the only way to “fit it all in” is to be imminently flexible.
One day I might get up early to squeeze in a workout- another I might grab my me-time on the fly at the park while the kids are at an activity, and the next day I might not be able to get my run in until the end of the day, after the kids are in bed (thank goodness for home exercise equipment!).
Whenever my me-time does roll around, I want to be ready, so dressing in athletic wear is the best way to ensure that I actually do get to work out when the opportunity arises. I also love that the Inspire tights make great everyday leggings for that night out with the girls, or under a tunic for work (I do work at a college, so there’s a more relaxed dress code- yay!)- pretty much whatever I’ve got going on, the Inspires have got me covered in comfort.
With the addition of a back zipper pocket (check out the hack tutorial here), I’ve even got a place to stash my credit card and key for those times when I don’t need my huge #mompurse (ya know, the one with a diaper, 3 lipglosses, a McDonalds toy, and 500 pennies rolling around the bottom).
There’s even an easy hack for a no-side seam view- perfect for those prints that you don’t want to cut up/match.
I did a SewAlong for the Inspires a couple weeks ago- you can find all the video tutorials HERE on the blog, and get a closer look at the construction of this awesome pattern. If you’re curious about how the Inspires compare to the other leggings patterns, you might want to check out THIS post that I wrote on the Greenstyle blog- all four of the leggings patterns are winners, but the Inspires are just my go-to gal!
A new pair….coming soon….
Since I love the Inspires so much, I even whipped up another pair in some fantastic fabric to share with you….but unfortunately, I live very near the Camp Fire, which has decimated the homes of many of our friends, and remains a threat to our town. The air quality is unsafe, and therefore I wasn’t able to get photos for you…yet!
If you have a spare moment, any prayers for the communities affected by this tragedy would be appreciated- so many people lost everything, and I feel very grateful to be safe as I write this, and look forward to being able to continue sewing and sharing when the situation improves.
Get them FREE!
On an more upbeat note, if I’ve convinced you to snap up the Inspires, you can grab them on SALE today here for 40% off, no code needed.
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