Space runner

More sportswear! In the last few weeks I’ve really felt like sewing with knits, and more sports leggings was the perfect choice: as mentioned last time, the two RTW pairs I have will need to be retired soon – the capri pair have been repaired about 10 times, and the long pair are only suitable for biking (the waist doesn’t sit high or small enough so I’m constantly trying to pull them up). Given that I bike to work every day and (occasionally) run on top of that, I needed more than just the leopard print ones.

Rather than making Full On Space Leggings, I decided I wanted to colour block them with the black Supplex I ordered from Levana. I didn’t really think about the placement of the nebulae (in terms of the seaming or where they sit on my body) but, regardless, I think they look pretty darned rad.

The pattern is Papercut Pattern’s “Ooh La Leggings“. I’ve made them once before in a merino-lycra blend and have been meaning to make a running pair ever since but hadn’t come across suitable fabric. This time I was armed with the aforementioned Supplex, and some lycra from Funki Fabrics (I was given 4m total in exchange for blogging what I made from it).

About the fabrics: hot dang the Supplex is nice! I admit, I haven’t gone for a run in it yet so can’t vouch for it’s breathability and moisture wicking abilities, but it feels so nice – like a really nice cotton-lycra. But because it’s not cotton, it dries really quickly, and has amazing recovery. Supplex is a brand name (registered to Invista), but several different factories will be certified to make the technical fabric which is why you’ll see it sold by different companies – for example Levana is “an Invista accredited mill”.  Unfortunately they only make black, so I might have to try and source some coloured stuff from overseas.

I did a more thorough review on the Funki Fabrics lycra here, but suffice to say: it is really nice. It isn’t moisture wicking (so we’ll see how I feel about having it against my lower back) but it is remarkably quick drying so it doesn’t feel horrible like cotton does. You can sort of see the shiny surface in these photos, and you can tell just how vibrant the colours are. The underside is white.

Now, the pattern. The Ooh La Leggings are seamed leggings with curved front and back yokes, front and back leg seams as well as inner leg seams. Some people have said that the pattern is pretty long so you’ll want to check that – this is the full length on me and they’re fine, but I am 178cm tall (5’10”).

Most pleasingly, they hit me at the perfect place on my waist. I used a relatively tight piece of elastic for the waistband which makes them particularly comfortable – in fact, I don’t want to take these off!

I thought I’d provide you with some action shots – Jessie Dog’s the smallest one with the tan collar (really need to get her a nicer one), our neighbours dogs are Lacey (young, fat) and Dusky (older dog)


Pattern: Papercut Patterns – Ooh La Leggings

Fabric: Funki Fabrics lycra (free) and Levana Supplex, $12.50 ($25/m)

Notions: Elastic 50c (Cordall – did you all know we have NZ made elastics? Gill is really lovely and helpful if you’re not sure what you want) and thread from stash

Total: $13

15 thoughts on “Space runner

  1. Ooh, I like that fabric combination! And I’d love to hear what they’re like to run in, too, I’m thinking about making some sportswear sometime.

  2. Love them! The color blocking makes them so much more interesting than plain black exercise leggings.

    Every time I see these leggings my desire to get them grows and grows. Pretty soon you’ll have posted enough options to make me realize I need to have them. Most running leggings are too short in the rise/don’t have high enough waist to be comfortable.

    • Well I do have another pair pre-prepared (if only I could find them), so maybe my next post will be enough! I really do like these – honestly I can’t remember if I raised the rise but I don’t think I did, and these are perfect. The Fehr Trade ones are high in the rise too but I’ll probably raise them up a touch for next time.

  3. I’m inspired. I saw your photos and immediately went to the papercut site with my credit card and down loaded the pattern. I’ve been cycling to work recently to try and get fitter, so more leggings are always useful, and yours look great.
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