I’m sure by now many of you have seen the “TikTok Leggins” – those workout pants that are supposed to have “butt lifting” (and tummy control) properties. Greenstyle released their version of the famous leggings awhile ago and I immediately picked them up – I even snagged some athletic honeycomb while I was at it…. but it sat on my sewing table until now. I was a bit more motivated to give these a try since I’ve been using my Peloton bike quite a bit and definitely need more work out gear. So, here’s some thought on these.
For starters, I’m not convinced my rear looks any better in these than any other legging unless I stand “just right” (shown above). I wound up doubling the elastic needed to accentuate the seam more, but honestly, I still don’t see it. I does define the center seam more, so maybe your eye draws there (I did use the “less accentuated” style, so maybe if I tried the other I may see more of a difference)? With that said, this pattern did sew up very nicely, came together easily, and the instructions were well written.
Can we talk about talk about this fabric? It’s very cool. I love that it’s textured and looks different than anything else that I own. Unfortunately, it’s not “squat proof”…. actually, you need flesh colored underwear to wear in in general because it’s very see through. I did pick up a purple honeycomb fabric at the same time and it appears that it is dark enough that I won’t have the same issue as the pink, but keep this in mind if you find some of this fabric. While this fabric has 4 way stretch, it’s also important to note the the greatest amount of stretch goes with the grain, not against it – so make sure you keep that in mind when ordering. I wound up having to cut the fabric with the most stretch going lengthwise – it fits fine, but I know that’s not the way it was intended to be cut.
Now how about that fit? It’s spot on. In fact, I think I like these a lot – they’re comfortable and look good on (even if my behind isn’t spectacular, LOL). I did find that they were fairly long lengthwise (although some of that could have been that more of the stretch of the fabric was running that way) and needed to have several inches removed.
Would I make these again? I think so! I’m going to eventually need some bike shorts this spring so I’ll definitely keep these in mind!