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Burda magazine July 2015

24 June 2015, 13:38

I’m not normally a fan of “summer” sewing since the styles printed by the likes of Manequim, Patrones, and Burda for the summer months tend to all be focused on super hot, beach weather that’s just completely impractical for English summers. Case in point: today in London it’s sunny and warm, high of 23C (73F) and for the most part, that’s a pretty average summer day. In other words, it feels like Spring or Fall do in most places, and I love it. You all can keep your disgustingly hot and humid summers, and I’m happy to take a few useless sewing magazine issues each year as a trade-off!

But surprisingly, this July issue of Burda actually isn’t half bad! There are, of course, a few wholly impractical, wispy beach styles, but there are also designs I could wear…

Speaking of designs which work for English summers, this one’s got ours written all over it! The details of this boxy, yoked shirt are just fabulous – I can’t recall ever seeing rounded placket before, for starters…

Ugh, the fabric choice here just makes this look like a cheap and awful nurse’s costume! And those insipid sleeve flounces, gag.

In my eyes, the best pattern of this entire issue comes from designer Antonio Marras – it’s a great silhouette, and the neckline and hem length are bang on trend. But even better are those angled seams, which are only really revealed in the tech drawing!

I’m not usually drawn to maxi-dress styles, but this halter dress (for Tall sizes) with its fantastic, sweeping full skirt really catches my attention in a way that a shorter hemline version just wouldn’t. In fact, it reminds me most of ballroom dance gowns!

Burda have been dipping their toes into the backless trend for a few months now, but IMHO they’ve finally nailed it with this one. It’s still not particularly bra friendly, but the design of both the top and the dress version are so on trend and really quite flattering, too.

This sarong-style dress just screams summer holidays! It’s got a structured, strapless dress underneath with a sarong-style overlay to change up the look.

And finally, this Plus-sized gown is just stunning – it looks to be really well designed with curving, sweeping seamlines to really show off a curvy figure.

What do you think? Is there anything worth your summer sewing time here, or are you just camping in front of a fan and dreaming of sewing Fall styles instead?

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New digs!

22 June 2015, 21:43

Sorry for the silence last week, but I’ve been working really hard on two big things:

1. My new sewing room is done and ready to move into!!

Yes, after 8 years in my “temporary” sewing room which is smaller than the average American closet, plus over a year of hard graft of sanding, painting, filling, more sanding, more painting, buying smoked oak parquet flooring, cutting a million tiny pieces to fit, then gluing, more sanding, three coats of oil rubbed in by hand (in amoungst working two jobs and marathon training, I might add), I finally nailed the last bit of trim down tonight!! So I can start moving into my permanent sewing cave, which is only a little bigger than my temporary room but concealed behind a hidden bookcase door (no, really). I’ll try to put together a little video for you all…

2. My next sewing pattern is coming along very nicely and should be ready for testing in a few weeks! It’s passed my own testing with flying colours and even got a “ooh that’s very Stella McCartney!” comment from a friend at track, too!

I don’t like to announce my patterns until they’re nearly ready, but I’ll share the clue I’ve already leaked to my Twitter followers: it has two distinct views, and (big sigh of relief) none of the new Jalie patterns overlap with anything I’ve had planned for this year, either!

So I hope you’ll forgive me that my blogging output is a little quiet at the moment, but it’s all time investments into my sewing future at the moment! If you’re in need of some reading material, you should head over to The Monthly Stitch, where you can read an interview with me about Fehr Trade patterns! Their “New To Me” Challenge is happening right now, and you can win a heap of prizes (including my VNA Top pattern!) just for sewing something from a new pattern company. Which sounds like a good thing to do anyway, if you ask me…


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Funkifabrics tech lycra is HERE! (And 20% discount)

9 June 2015, 12:58

Remember back in April when I helped Funkifabrics road-test some new technical lycra fabric bases? I had two bases to choose from (onto which they printed my choice of designs), so I went off on some intense runs in warm weather, and ultimately decided on one, which I then went and ran London marathon in!

Post London marathon in my experimental Funkifabric Steeplechase Leggings shorts!

Well, the same tech fabric I ran the marathon in is now available, and in a collection of twelve limited edition prints!

You can read more about their selection process (which involved feedback from their customers) as well as links to buy each pattern in their blog post here (and no, they’re not planning on offering the tech base in solids yet so ignore the sports bras).

They’ve also got a rare 20% off everything sale running until tomorrow night (midnight BST, 10 June) which includes these new bases! I’ve been buying Funki’s regular Flexcite lycra for nearly two years now and this is only the second time I’ve ever seen them do a sale, so if you’ve been waiting, I’d buy now!

And you don’t have to run a marathon to appreciate them, either!

If you’re looking for great patterns to use with your new tech lycra, here are a few of my own road-tested, runner-approved patterns which work great with fabrics like these:







Disclaimer: Nope, nothing to admit to here. I got the experimental bases for free back in April, but that’s it. I wasn’t even asked to blog about this – I’m just a stupidly happy customer.

PS: Those of you in the Pacific Northwest might want to read through Gwen’s guide for swimwear & activewear fabric suppliers

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Bits & pieces

4 June 2015, 13:06

I haven’t got any finished projects or magazines to show you this week, so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to catch you up on all the smaller things I’ve been up to that maybe wouldn’t be enough for their own post…

The New Sewing Room

I know it feels like it’s taking forever (and believe me, it does to me, too!) but my new sewing room in the front of the boat is nearly done, so I’ve been spending a lot of time getting that ready to move into.

Most recently, I’ve been cutting, piecing, gluing and now sanding the beeeeeeeeautiful smoked oak mosaic panel flooring into place, which, while both expensive and time consuming, is something that makes me happy every time I see it.

The final remaining step is to put a few coats of oil on the flooring and tack the edge trim down and I’m ready to move in! And yes, at roughly 2m x 2m, it’s still smaller than most American closets! Our boat is heowge, but this particular room will be small, and hidden away, but it will be mine.

Seamwork articles

I’ve been a big fan of Seamwork magazine and a subscriber since Day One, and loads of you have written to tell me how much you enjoyed my first article, A Guide to Activewear Fabrics.

This month’s current issue is all about sewing knits (I know, right) and I’ve actually got TWO articles in it!

A Guide to Coverstitch Machines is basically the article that I wish someone had written when I bought my machine, and combines all the little tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the (nearly) six years I’ve had my coverstitch machine. It also contains a handy buyer’s guide if you’re thinking about taking the plunge.

A Guide to Shopping for Knits is all about five focused questions to ask yourself when you’re in a fabric store, see an amazing fabric from across the store, and want to decide if it’s right for you (or your project). Very good advice, if I do say so myself – and mostly learnt the hard way over the years!

And if I wasn’t already knit-consumed at the moment already, then this Saturday’s Thiftystitcher Breton Tee class would certainly push me over the edge! This class is already sold out, but keep your eye on the site for future dates for it, my leggings class, or my panty class.

The next pattern

Truth be told, my pattern mojo has been stagnating for a little while. I have plenty of ideas, but I was just having a hard time refining the details in my head, and actually just starting. Since January, I’ve been working in an office Mon-Thur in order to finance a big boat renovation next year, so all my sewing business activities have been compressed into Fridays, weekends, and evenings, which makes it tough to maintain momentum.

But the good news is that I finally had a breakthrough last Friday – I got the first few drafts and muslins going, and I’m ready to do my first on-the-road test once my fabric arrives! The release is still a ways off, but it feels like I’m moving forward again.

You may also have noticed that I’m a sponsor of Indie Pattern month over at the Monthly Stitch this year, so if you enter their “New-to-Me” contest (starting 15 June), then you could win patterns from me and other great indie companies. Their Dresses contest is on now but you still have time to take part!

Next projects

I’ve sewn six of them, but somehow still don’t have a Great British Sewing Bee drapey dress in my own wardrobe, so I’ve bought some duck egg blue ponte from Truro Fabrics to finally make one I get to keep, yippee!

Truro Fabrics know how I feel!

I’ve also splurged and bought the most recent McCalls vintage gown (yes, they are expensive over here, especially with shipping!) and with the help of my style muse, I’ve settled on this brick red/orange silk satin (charmeuse) to make it up in. But I’m not telling you where it’s from until I buy my own yardage!

The McCalls blog street-style photoshoot of this gown really helped to show how it moves and looks in different positions, and I absolutely love it. I’ve even got an event coming up to wear such a gown to – the Argentina World Transplant Games gala dinner! I’ve got an end of August deadline to work towards, so it’s a good thing that some cheap lining fabric for a muslin is already ordered!

And breaking news – last night Orange Lingerie released a new bra pattern!! It took me less than a minute between the announcement and my buying it, and it’s printed off already…

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Burda magazine June 2015

29 May 2015, 11:10

Yawwwwwwwwwn. Another lacklustre issue – what is up with the design team at Burda HQ recently? I know they’re capable of amazing, fashion-forward and flattering designs, because they break out of these ruts every now and then and just wow us with a consistent 6 months or so of designs.

I mean, this time last year I was praising them for a consistently amazing few months of issues, the pinnacle of which was the amazing Japanese-design feature. Maybe I should just go back to my spring 2014 issues instead until the tide rolls back into a more favourable patch…

I really want to like this blouse with its asymmetric collar, but it just feels like they’ve tried to add too many incongruous details into one garment. Skewed collar! Neck ties! Boxy shape! Asymmetric taped sleeve! Any one or two of these together would be fine, but all of them and it just feels unfocused and busy.

I’m officially on Team Jumpsuit and I like the look of this one on the model, but this is a Tall size pattern, with extra elongated body lengths, so I think this on top of jumpsuits being elongated anyway means that it’d be a tricky one for me to fit. And I’m not convinced I need more than one summery jumpsuit in my wardrobe right now!

This sheath dress is just fantastic – it’s simple, but it’s shown several times in the magazine, both partially colourblocked (as it is here), but also all in one fabric, and again with three separate coloured fabrics. The seams all flow together nicely at the sides, and there’s an option for shoulder ties, too. This could be a great basic pattern for adding further design elements (cough Pattern Magic cough), too.

I feel like a broken record here, but not all open backed dresses are practical or flattering. I like the curved seaming on the skirt, but the upper back is just too open, and the top is only held together with a single hook and eye. Again, the La Maison Victor open backed dress from last Winter is far superior (and you can wear a bra with that one).

And the ugly combo award for this issue goes to… The ugly muu muu dress & equally ugly popped collar bomber jacket (bomber pattern number 754353 from Burda, ugghgh). Come and collect your awards!


Honestly, why?? Who would ever-?? Good god, who signed off on these?

err, clown blouse? This might have been ok in a soft fabric (might), but in a poplin?? It just makes those horrible 1970s bell sleeves look like the big tent.

There was nothing notable in the Plus section, but I did enjoy the extended feature on natural dyes. It seems to compliment the natural dyeing article Seamwork had in their latest issue… I like the idea of dyeing (especially for lingerie), but I’ve been wary to buy all sorts of chemicals for it!

What did you think of this issue? Am I off base? Care to nominate your favourite issue from the last few years for me to revisit for inspiration instead??

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A blue and white jumpsuit

27 May 2015, 13:13

As you may recall, I spent quite a lot of time last year working behind the scenes on the Great British Sewing Bee, first for the third series, then for the Children in Need specials, and finally, for the book which accompanies the series. I personally worked on about 60% of the patterns in the Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric book, either by sewing up early samples, measuring yardages or trims, or assisting the illustrators with the construction. So it’s probably quite funny that the first pattern I make from the finished book (not counting the green pencil skirt, which I made from the book before release!) isn’t one I really worked on at all – just one I admired across the studio while others made adjustments.

It’s a pattern for a jumpsuit with an elasticated waist and spaghetti straps with a flounced neckline edge. There’s no fussy closures – you just pull it on and off by stepping into it, and I’d definitely say it’s beginner-friendly, especially since the instructions are fully illustrated. The bonus is that you can also make a pair of casual trousers or a camisole top using the same base jumpsuit pattern (also explained in the book).

In my experience, the trickiest part of this entire jumpsuit was finding the right fabric! It needed to be something hefty enough for the trousers, but also lightweight enough to drape nicely at the neckline frill, and I eventually found this blue & white crepey viscose from Ditto Fabrics that’s the perfect weight and resists wrinkling so it should be perfect for travelling. It did fray like crazy though, so I constructed this mostly on the overlocker (serger).

Doesn’t this just scream summer?? In terms of size, I made Size 14 according to my measurements, and it fits really well – no alterations needed (I should point out that the top/camisole has bust darts so should be easy to do an FBA if you need one).

I wore this out to a pub lunch with friends on Sunday, followed by a little walk in St James’s Park (where these photos were taken) and then more pubbing! It was a little chilly, so I layered a grey cropped jacket over top.

The jumpsuit overall has a casual fit, which is perfect for warmer weather – the legs are nice and loose but with a tapered hem (I find that wide legged trousers make me look incredibly short so I avoid them!), and the camisole has a nice amount of ease, too – not too close but not too billowy, either.

While the included instructions are just fine, I personally made a few changes to the neckline construction, most notably to omit the facings altogether. I instead attached the right side of the frill to the wrong side of the body along the neckline edge, then understitched the body to the seam allowance to prevent it rolling outward and showing. The seam allowances were now hidden underneath the frill, where they’re unlikely to be seen barring a large gust of wind. Oh, and I also stabilised the body’s neckline edge with vilene fusible bias tape before I started since I didn’t have the interfaced facings to stabilise the neckline edge.

I didn’t have any white bias tape for the elasticated waist channel inside (and any other colour would’ve shown through), so instead I cut a cross-grain piece of self fabric using the casual trouser “hack” pattern’s waistband (not used for the jumpsuit) as a guide – folded in half along the marked fold line, and this is almost exactly the length and width you need for the elastic channelling (fold back the seam allowances on the short ends at the centre back so you can still get the elastic in). It makes for a super clean finish inside!

The biggest pitfall with jumpsuits in general is not having enough length, especially in the crotch rise so everything pulls when you sit down or move – this thankfully doesn’t do that, but I think the added rise means the crotch ends up a little on the lower side. It definitely feels a little low while I wear it (the tops of my thighs rubbed a bit), but otherwise there’s plenty of length everywhere, and the fit is in keeping with a casual trouser.

In fact, it’s an extremely comfortable garment, but I’m not quite sure I feel “me” in it yet, as it’s a total style departure for me, both in terms of the print and the jumpsuit itself. In other words, I’m on Team Jumpsuit, but I’m not sure if Team Jumpsuit is right for me? What do you think?

If you’re in the UK, I also noticed that this pattern is the free covermount pattern this month in Simply Sewing magazine, so if you don’t already own the GBSB: Fashion In Fabric book, you’ve got another option for getting this pattern.

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More of your makes!

21 May 2015, 13:03

It’s that time again! I can barely keep up with all your amazing, inspiring, and beautiful versions of my patterns these days, and before I know it, I’ve got an overflowing heap to share with you! I know how helpful many of you find these – it’s all well and good that I make nice versions of my patterns, but so much more helpful when you see how good they look on other bodies, too!

Be sure to click through to read the details and see more photos on each of these entries, too. With a long weekend coming up both here in the UK and in the US, there’s no excuse not to whip up something sporty!

Winnie’s Steeplechase Leggings with exterior rolled seams & zebra Surf to Summit

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Karen’s 5(!) Steeplechase Capris for herself and her daughters

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Maria’s three pairs of Steeplechase Capris, with great reflective accents

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Sally’s wintry Surf to Summit for the ski slopes!

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Maria’s “Hunger Games” inspired Duathlon leggings

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mixtilli’s red Lacey Thong lingerie set

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Allison’s two new VNA & Duathlon workout sets

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Katherine’s Steeplechase leggings with yoga waistband

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Sandesh’s XYT Workout Top in a Laurie King print

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Winnie’s badger-print Surf to Summit Top!

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Sophie-Lee’s cheetah-print Steeplechase capris & coordinating XYT Workout Top

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Winnie’s London marathon badger armband pocket

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Louise’s London marathon Duathlon Shorts, with plenty of pocket room for both inhaler and gels!

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Karen went and made THREE more VNA Tops, for herself and her daughters!

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Claire ran a race in Central Park in her gorgeous, swirled Steeplechase capris

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Wingamajig made her Duathlon Capris both subtle AND psychadelic!

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Karen’s running armband pocket

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And, as always, you can buy any of my digital sewing patterns from shop.fehrtrade.com (except my Lacey Thong pattern which pre-dates the Shop), where you’ll get both fully road-tested multisize patterns in both “print at home” and “print at a copy shop” pdfs, fully illustrated instructions, plus the knowledge that the highest percentage of your money is going directly to the designer! (And yes, I take Paypal, too)







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A green merino Astoria sweater

18 May 2015, 12:54

I’ve been a subscriber of Seamwork magazine since issue one back in December, and can I just say that they are killing it with the digital format, pattern bundling, and freemium vs add-on price point? Seriously, this is the future of not just sewing magazines, but magazines. I’m proud to be both a subscriber and a contributor (look out for more of my writing in the June issue!), to be honest! When I saw the cropped “Astoria” sweater in the April 2015 issue, I just knew I was going to sew it! The nice thing about Seamwork (which is made by the Colette Patterns team) is that subscribers get both patterns on the 1st of the month, but if you’re dawdling and don’t notice a great pattern until someone like me sews it up a month or two later, you can still go back and buy the pdf pattern on its own (and they include Copy Shop versions, too).

All the Seamwork patterns are designed to be sewn in an hour, and, just like the Oslo cardigan I made back in January, this one came together in a single evening. Also, I appear to only make Seamwork patterns in wool jerseys, ha!

I couldn’t believe my luck when this pattern appeared, as I’d just bought some gorgeously soft green merino wool jersey at Mood in NYC mere days before! I’d only bought 2 yards (which I’d regretted once I got home!) for $18/yd, but happily there was enough there to cut the long-sleeved version of this plus still have enough leftover for a winter running buff.

I made size Large since my waist and hips corresponded best to that size, though my bust is a Medium on their chart. At first I made size Large with no alterations, but I wasn’t 100% sold on the fit. It took a whole day of me wearing it to decide that it’d be better with the sides taken in by 2cm (an inch) on each side. In hindsight, I could’ve gone with the Medium, I think.

So I cut off the hem band, took in the sides from the armpits down (taking off the same 2cm from each of the hem band seams, too!), and overlocked the hem band back on, this time with only the minimum seam allowance to avoid shortening the hem any more than necessary. And the fit is waaaaaaaay more to my liking now!

I really love the boat neck & long sleeves, but I must admit that the cropped silhouette is new one for me. I’m still finding my way in terms of what looks best paired with this (full skirts? pencil skirts? Leggings? Jeans?), and also when I should wear a camisole tucked in underneath to avoid midriff showing during movement…

Some of you may be wondering why I made a long-sleeved wool sweater in May (especially when there’s a 3/4 length sleeve view), and I’m just going to say two words: English summer. And this is a particularly good colour for Spring and Summer!

It’s just a bonus that it pairs so nicely with all the spring flowers on our moorings right now!

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Manequim magazine May 2015

15 May 2015, 12:55

The latest issue of the Brazilian pattern magazine Manequim arrived already, and it’s not only the start of their Fall fashions, but also a tribute to Mother’s Day (which is celebrated in May in a large portion of the world).

First up, in the celebrity style section (which is normally filled with Brazilian soap stars I’ve never heard of), I see a familiar face – Kate Middleton! The dress is quite a classic shape with a wide, boat neckline, and comes in a variety of sizes, too. It’s designed for scuba fabrics, which are becoming more widely available in the past few years, too.

The cover feature this month pairs a soap actress with her daughter (who I’d assumed was about 16, but reading the article, is apparently 12?!), with dresses and separates for both mother and daughter to wear. I particularly like the two wrap dresses the mother is wearing, though they’re very similar styles besides the hem length.

Some of the daughter’s patterns are actually for sizes “16 years” or “12 years”, which I’ve never seen in Manequim before, like this collared sweatshirt pattern. They’ve not included a size chart in the back of the magazine at all for these tween sizes, so how they compare to the smallest adult size, 36, is anyone’s guess!

They’ve used the usual “designer style” section this month to instead showcase the Plus patterns. Except that the long sleeved tee on the left isn’t really in Plus sizes (I wear a 42 or 44!), which is kinda cheating. The jersey wrap dress on the right is at least offered in larger sizes, and is a classic look, especially in three quarter length sleeves.

I love this dress with its contrast side panels and surplice skirt. Totally love it – it’s modern, flattering, and gives an opportunity to colourblock!

I’ve never been a fan of maxi skirts to begin with, but I’m thoroughly sick of seeing them now (file under “anything peplum”). Except Manequim have managed to find a fresh maxi silhouette! This elongated pencil skirt with its angled waist seaming just looks so fashionable – and you could always make it knee-length instead!

There are so many boring trouser patterns out there that anything unusual immediately catches my eye. But with these, I’m not sure the innovation was a good idea, as they look to be pooching out a bit around the model’s midsection, which is not a good look for anyone…

The final section of the issue this month features lots of different winter fabrics along with a handful of patterns to use with them, including this lovely tweed coat. The princess seams would make this easy to fit, the long zipper leaves no gaps for the cold to get in, and the gun flap adds a bit of visual interest, too.

And finally, I rather liked the jacquard pencil skirt with the two long zippers, but the leather playsuit just seems like a bad idea – hot, inflexible, and awkward to get on and off, especially since you’d need to layer it over tights and a long sleeved top at the very least…

I know that all of these are meant to be Fall and Winter sewing, but I often find the most to like out of these and the Spring issues, where it tends to cross over a bit and be compatible with English seasons!

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StyleArc Lalitha Leggings

13 May 2015, 12:20

I’ve been on the Aussie pattern company StyleArc‘s mailing list for a while now, and I always like to keep an eye on their new patterns, but their fabric options have never really appealed to me, to be honest (I’ve got to really like a fabric to pay for it to be shipped halfway around the world!).

Until March, that is, when they sent round details of their new range of “cut & sew” leggings, printed directly onto activewear knits:

They’ve since removed these from their site due to demand, so I’m reposting the original ad here so you can see the other colourways.

I’ll be honest – I was as intrigued by the concept as I was the prints, and for $60AU (£30) shipped, plus the freebie March pattern (knit top Melinda), I was sold. Quality leggings in great prints go for the £80-90 range in London, so for me, £30 was worth a gamble in the name of research. StyleArc had teamed up with a company called Fifth Element for these leggings, which you can also buy ready-made for about £45.

I ordered the “Lalitha” colourway the very next day, and then waited over 6 weeks for delivery (maybe they printed on demand?), but the kit finally arrived in mid-April. I was kinda hoping that the fabric would be printed all over, or in zones, like my collaboration with Laurie King, but you really only get the outline of the legging, with the rest in plain white.

Before I get into my complaints, let me just say that the fabric quality is fabulous – it’s soft, and stretchy, with great recovery and super vibrant colours, and from handling enough activewear fabrics in my day, I believe the that this is proper wicking fabric. I pre-washed it before cutting out, and everything remained vibrant, too.

Now for my gripes:

Oh, and I think someone was drunk when they did the layout for these, because they overlapped a hem onto the inner leg seam, so I had to chop off a little corner of the hem. Sigh.

I wasn’t expecting to have elastic included with the fabric, but quite generously, there was a length of 5cm knitted elastic in the kit, too. When I tried on my leggings mid-construction (and noted the white seamlines), I measured the elastic, too, and took off about two inches from their estimate for Size 12. The elastic as-is would’ve been fine for casualwear, but I like my running leggings a bit more secure. I was concerned that these might be more low-rise with the wider elastic, but they actually sit exactly where I prefer my leggings after the elastic was applied, so kudos for that!

StyleArc printed their logo and sizing info in the back, so it’d be folded down inside when the elastic is attached. This was a nice touch, but I felt I still had to add my FehrTrade label back there for habit’s sake – otherwise it’s quite nice as you can tell the back from the front without any chafing risk.

I may have listed a bunch of negatives here, but in actual fact, I totally dig the finished leggings – they’ve got a great, wild print in colours I adore, and they’ll get me a ton of compliments on my runs, I’m fairly confident! Since I’m a really standard shape, the lack of alteration options wasn’t an issue for me, and they only took something like 20 minutes to sew up, too.

I took these leggings for a spin out at Run dem Crew last night and they felt great on the tempo run along the river, too! It’s always a bit of a gamble the first time, especially with an elastic width I’m not used to, but these get two thumbs up. I also paired them with a new teeshirt draft I’ve been playing around with for myself – I’ll go into it more later, but it’s just a basic tee made from all-over reflective DriFit from The Rain Shed (US) (first three entries are what you want and it’s DriFit, NOT super stretchy, and definitely not suitable for leggings!).

No flash selfie vs flash selfie!

Oh and if you need any more summer activewear inspiration, go have a look at my Run Hackney half marathon race report where you can see a pair of colourblocked Duathlon Shorts (with one extra curved seam!) I made last summer and didn’t really blog about. And they matched the race medal!

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