Second pair of Stride Athletic Tights - Sewing pattern from Greenstyle Creations

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Did you always want to dive into making your own sportswear, but are struggling with what to look out for? Look no further, 'cos I got you covered - at least on what not to do!

Naaah, of course I'm just kidding, it's not THAT bad. Or is it? See for yourself!

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Aaah, what kind of intro was that - I have no idea. But, as my cats tought me, if it fits, it sits.

So, today I'm showing you my second pair of Greenstyle Creation's Stride Athletic Tights*. It's going to be a rather short post, since I've already covered most of it in my post about my first version. As a quick reminder, the first one was size M straight out of the pocket, cropped length. I've never made pants from a GC pattern, so I just wanted to see how the "natural" fit was - and it was bad. As I expected and experienced from other designer's pants sewing patterns, my butt just doesn't fit.

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So, for this second make I kept size M (keep in mind, the pattern was since updated and I'm not sure if M still has the same measurements). I chose again the mid waistband, gusset and both side pockets. Long length, obviously. I also decided to add the hidden waist pocket. Based on the fit of my first version I decided to make a full butt adjustment by deepening the curve on the center back. Then I flattened the curve of the center front just a little bit to get rid of the extra fabric bunching up there (this is called shallow rise or flat pubis adjustment). And I also added more room for my calves.

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Hidden waist pocket at the back

The fit on this version is better, but still not perfect. The front now looks pretty good to me, no more excess fabric and weird bunching at the center. I wasn't 100% sure the flat pubis adjustment would fix this, as I've never made that adjustment previously, so I'm glad this worked out as I hoped. There's enough room for my calves, so obviously I added the right amount here as well.
But the center back is still being pulled down a bit - though this is better than on my first make. I guess I'd need to add even more room for my butt. It's also still pulling down when squatting, though - as I said - much less after the full butt adjustment.

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When I decided to buy this pattern, I had in mind that it would be somehow more flattering than other patterns. Of course I didn't expect it to push up the butt - that would need to be a different design - but I thought the stripe on the side with its curve on the back would create a certain good look. Ya know what I mean, right? Before buying a pattern I always try to find other people's makes and in this case I really loved the curved look on others.
Not so much on me. It somehow looks a bit weird, maybe because of my little bit of hip dip. Judging from my photos I find that the tights actually tend to accentuate that more than disguising it and maybe that's what looks strange to me. I also find that they kind of push my butt down - visually, of course - though that might be my fabric choice?

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Detail of the fabric issues

Regarding the fabrics I used I can only repeat myself: for future sports pants I need to find a better one. Honestly the blue fabric is just horrible. I've added photos so you can see how bad it is. It rips even though I barely touched and used it.
It's especially bad at the seams. I tried different needles and methods to make sure it's not just happening because of the serger, but the outcome was always the same. I have no idea how to sew this fabric without it ripping everywhere.

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Detail of the gusset and ripped seams

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Detail of a ripped seam on the leg

By now both tights are lying around in my closet and not getting used anymore. I can't use them outside without a top covering my butt and they're not really comfortable anyways. So I guess due to the fabric I have to add them to my list of sewing fails and think of a way to deal with them, so they are not just waste.

Anyways, I think this is the last set of my old photo session, so come back next week and prepare yourself to see some new stuff!

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