Now that I’m getting back into rowing, it’s time to start improving the state of my training wardrobe. For the last two years I’ve been making do with one pair of poorly homemade black leggings, and they now have a hole in them. Enter McCalls 7261, a new pattern this Winter (which makes it ineligible for the Pattern Stashbusting Contest).

Pattern envelope photo for McCalls 7261

Pattern envelope photo for McCalls 7261

I am quite pleased with how these turned out. I used stashed black spandex, but some new red Lycra with wicking fleece on the back side (for the contrast bits). Oh this fabric is sooooo lovely. I think it would be too warm to make a whole pair of training leggings in, but my knees are going to be toasty warm tomorrow morning!

I really like how quickly this pattern came together – about 1h20min from pulling it out of the brand-new envelope! Having a serger with wooly nylon thread makes it a LOT easier to do activewear with Lycra, even if the thread has a bit of a tendency to break mid-seam (argh).

As it’s quite dark now in my loft, and time for bed so I can get up to row at 5am, I haven’t got a picture of these leggings right now. I think I am going to make the matching top, perhaps with the hood, using more of the black and red.