New Year - Sports Edition - With Greenstyle Creations' Stride Athletic Tights

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I've never shown any of my sports garments, so let's start this week with my first pair of sports leggings (like, ever)! 

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The first week of the new decade is over, most of us are working again and I've already heard from the first people breaking their new year resolutions. That's fine! Don't beat yourself up! You can always start again. 
That's what I keep telling myself every time I skip the regular workouts. The more I have on my todo-list, the less time I take for sports - plus despite what all those fitspiration 'grammers tell me all the time, I never ever get that "addiction" feeling for sports, I still have to force myself to every single workout even after years of exercising. Anyone knows what I mean? 

So, kind of naturally for a sewist, I asked myself: Will I enjoy the workout more if I do it in pretty selfmade clothes? 
Short answer: Well, maybe. 

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It took me quite some time to find a nice fabric suitable for sports clothes. The qualities I'm looking for are rather obvious: breathable, not too stinky when sweaty, not too hot or cold. And since sewing patterns for sports items require a rather high stretch percentage, the fabric needs to have that as well. 
So far, so easy. Unless you live in (Upper) Austria, where shops almost only sell jerseys with kids motifs. The european online shops with cheaper delivery costs also have almost no sports fabrics. 
Basically: Every time I'm looking for something else than jersey or basic woven cotton, I'm having a lot of trouble finding shops where I can order it. Less choice means I can't choose for best sustainability. But I'm hoping this will get better and better, since sewing still seems to get more and more popular here. 

Let's talk about the pattern: The Stride Athletic Tights from Greenstyle Creations
As usual, I like Greenstyle's instructions and their really good technical drawings mixed with photos. You can't really make major mistakes with such a clear guidance (let's not talk about sewing the wrong leg parts together - we've all done that, right? RIGHT??). 
When I bought the pattern it had just 8 sizes, but it has been updated since then and is now for hips between 32" (81cm) and 62" (157cm). That's better! 
As with most sewing patterns for pants, I did miss a calf measurement. This has been added now as well as a measurement for the mid thigh! Very nice! 

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Mid-thigh pockets for (big) phones

My Strides are a straight former size M (now size F; 39" / 99cm hip) with the mid rise waistband, a gusset, pocket on both sides and crop length. No adjustments. 
This pattern is definitely drafted for rather straight body types with small calves and no butt. As you can see on the photos, the waistband is pulled down a lot at the back, because the butt needs more space. This is not pretty and not comfortable as well, as the pulled-down waistband would need more width and therefore seems to be too tight. Similar at the calves, I need way more width there. 
These are my personally required adjustments and besides those I think the pattern is well drafted without any obvious drafting mistakes. 
Greenstyle is quite known online for their focus on sports patterns, I think Jalie is also popular, but I've never made anything from them. 

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This butt definitely needs more space. A lot. 

Some thoughts on sustainability in sewing, regarding the fabric: 
Since I urgently need new socks (my last socks bought in ~2012/2013 are falling apart) I did some research on the best fabric for the environment. It's a difficult topic, since most sites are quite biased and most of the studies I've found don't have a simple conclusion. Many factors need to be considered and most studies focus on just some of them. So now I'm thinking of collecting all the information in one blogpost - does that sound interesting to you guys? 
By the way, I decided to go for socks with bamboo viscose, organic cotton, recycled polyester and 2% elasthane. 

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The blue fabric I used for these leggings is called 'Coolmax Elastic Jersey' and is made from 98% polyester and 2% elasthane. No comment on the fabric type. I bought it two years ago, also the black polyamide+elasthane fabric, which is from a different company, who won't tell the exact percentages. 
While I thought the blue fabric would be awesome, but I wasn't sure about the black, it's actually the opposite. The blue fabric rips as hell. Later after the project I tried sewing the blue fabric with my sewing machine as well as my serger, with several different needle types and sizes, but it always rips. After a close detailed look and stressing the fabric with my hands and poking it with an awl I figure it's just bad quality. 
I still have some of both fabrics left, so still something to use up until I have to find a new, better fabric for sports clothes. 

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The first rips. It's way worse now. 

In the beginning of this post I asked myself, wether I will enjoy workouts more if I do it in pretty selfmade clothes. After all the text, here's the answer: I probably would enjoy them more, if my selfmade clothes would fit well and be comfortable. But if they don't fit and the fabric rips with every squat, that doesn't add much to the fun. More fun or not, I'd still have to force myself to workout. 
Which brings me back to the message of this post: Don't give up! :-) 

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