In attempting to make as much of my own wardrobe as I can, undergarments and workout wear have remained uncharted territory. I still need to psych myself up to making my own bras. But I’ve finally crossed the threshold into active wear, starting with the fabulous Women’s Basic Leggings by Jocole Patterns.
This past spring I made some goals to improve my personal health. I joined a gym. And I started running. This is monumental, because I have *never* run voluntarily. In elementary school, they made us run for field day and I remember thinking it was the.worst.thing.ever. One time I told another kid I could taste pennies. He told me that meant my lungs were bleeding. I totally stopped right there and started to cry. I had to run in high school gym, and would do the very bare minimum of laps required. Roommates dragged me to the track a few times in college, but I would give up after a few yards, and walk while they did their speedy thing. But then I took one of those Facebook quizes, and it told me that because I couldn’t run a mile, I would only last, like, three days in the Zombie Apocalypse. Which is ridiculous, because they didn’t even ask if I could sew, and I think that’s a valid dystopian skill. But whatever. I started running. I’m super slow. I have very low endurance. But, since starting in May, I can now make it 2.5 miles without wanting to totally die. Yeah, that decimal is in the right place. And I’m owning it because I have worked hard to get to 2.5! And I totally can’t even taste pennies when I do it. Success!
But anyway, back to the clothes. Active wear is expensive. Have you noticed? It’s kind of ridiculous. So when Jocole asked me to review one of their patterns, I went straight to their Women’s Leggings. Every girl needs a good-fitting leggings pattern. It is the jumping off point for so many great outfits. I’ve drafted my own before, but the rise has always ended up a bit off, or the knees too baggy. Just not right. The Jocole Leggings are perfect. Perfect.
I stuck completely to pattern, going off my measurements. I love the fit. I opted for cropped legs and the yoga waist option. When I make my next pair, I’ll make the waist just a bit smaller. The leggings fit great during my regular workout. Bending, lifting, looking at my phone while I wait for the sweaty guy who sings along with his iPod to finally get off the leg press machine, even speed walking, these leggings are fabulous. But they do start to slip down a bit when I actually run. So I want them just a tiny bit tighter up top to keep them in place while I put in my 15-minute miles. Thankfully, the size range for this pattern is huge, so I will just trace out a smaller waistband right off the pattern sheet.
The fabric I used for my leggings is some wicking sportswear stuff from Jo-Ann. It’s pretty cool and I’m hoping they decide to stock it in some other colors, because I have no plans on buying workout leggings ever again. From now on, I’m making them. And I’d like to have some variety. If not, I’ll just dye this stuff, because it really is perfect, and I want to make a few more pair. Maybe to celebrate when I finally break through to three miles, whenever that actually happens. Hopefully before the zombies come.
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Get the Jocole Women’s Basic Leggings HERE
I was given the Jocole Leggings pattern in exchange for my review. My review is that they are pretty much fantastic in all things but making you run faster.