If you haven’t already figured this out based on the sheer number of athletic posts on my blog, I wear leggings alot. I never thought I’d be on the #leggingsarerealpants team, but here I am, wearing them as a main staple for my very active life.
I’m currently training for a half/full marathon (haven’t decided which yet! Any pros/cons?), I have three kids, and I’m a stay at home mom 5 days out of the week, so stretchy pants just seem like a no-brainer most of the time. Unlike when I started sewing, and athletic fabrics were scarce, colorful athletic in both prints and solids are now relatively easy to come by, and is getting even easier as customs groups catch on to the high demand for athletic fabric (can I get a hallelujah here?)
While I love florals/bright solids as much (if not more) than the next girl, sometimes I want something a bit more subtle- to pair with a patterned top, or to simply be able to wear to work on a casual day. Something with a bit more sophistication…. and that’s where this LuluLemon overstock pique comes in. This fabric is sourced from Discovery Trekking (who kindly sent me a couple yards to review in this post!), and is straight from Lulu- the stretch is amazing, and the texture feels more cottony than other athletic blends I’ve worked with- kind of like men’s polo fabric on super stretchy steroids.
I decided to really put it to the test and sew up a pair of Super Gs- one of my most beloved athletic patterns, for its huge pockets and generous gusset. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out in this unfamiliar fabric, but the result is both incredibly comfortable and surprisingly breathable. I haven’t taken them out for a spin yet (that old pesky rule about getting photos first!), but I suspect they’ll be great at managing moisture and heat too- a great thing, since our summer plans include a whirlwind trip throughout the Southwest.
Sadly, this particular fabric sold like hotcakes and is currently out of stock, but I’ve been really impressed with Leslie’s knowledge of athletic fabric (Discovery trekking also makes limited production athletic wear for retail sale, so they always road test their fabrics), and her tendency to get in overstocks from popular clothing companies, like Lulu. You can check out their website here, if you want to keep an eye on it!
If you’re curious, these leggings are slightly “hacked” to include only one side pocket- which makes them even faster to sew (demonstrated during the SAL- link below!). I’m wearing them with my rose colored Lille, blogged here, and my new sneaks happened to match!
I’m happy that I still have enough of this fabric to make a second garment- and as boring as it may seem, I think I’m going to go for a pair of Inspire tights (with a back zippered pock et- hack here), because you really can’t have too many pairs of leggings, can you? (Honey, if you’re reading this, that was a rhetorical question. The answer is NO!).
Welp, that’s it for now- another pair of leggings for the books. I’ll be back soon with a couple new woven projects to share, as well as some exciting summer sewing plans! If you’d like to follow my blog, you can do that here, or you can find me on Insta here!
Note: This post contains affiliate links. The fabric and patterns in this post were provided to me as a part of testing and review, but did not influence my opinions (as if anyone could do that!)