It all started 11 years ago. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Weighing in around 200 pounds, I just didn’t feel good. I would get dressed up and feel pretty when I went out with friends, but my self esteem was at an all time low. So one day, I started running. I slipped on my gym shoes, and hopped on a treadmill.
It was toooough. Like I couldn’t even run for 1 minute tough. I walked on that treadmill, steeped in embarrassment and shame at my lack of physical capability. But I kept going back to that gym. I kept getting on that treadmill, and the weight slowly started to come off. I didn’t eat crazy healthy organic meals, cut out carbs, or stick to some food-in-container meal plan. (I’ve tried that, I always end up binging and bouncing back up in the end.) But I practiced common sense. Exercise + eating a normal amount of food = a normal, healthy body. Everything in moderation.
But here is the real kicker – losing weight does not equal instant self esteem. Not the real kind anyway. I read a good quote from my friend Bonnie of Whiskem.com (link HERE) Insta account. It was;
“If this body wasn’t mine, would I still hate it?”
That really made me stop and think. Because 11 years later – I am still running, still dealing with body insecurities, and still analyzing places that I wish looked ‘better’. What the flip is that all about? Because the truth is, I don’t look at any of my friends and think of them as having a ‘bad’ body. I am amazed by each and every one of them.
So here is my rallying call. You are Wonder Woman. I am Wonder Woman. We are all, Wonderful Woman. No matter what size you are, what shape you are in, whether or not you showered this morning, or even if you currently have spit up down your back. Self esteem does not correspond to the number on a scale, nor will the number on it determine my happiness for the day. I will run for the JOY of running, I will run to help others and raise money for charity, I will run to connect with my husband on our morning jog dates, I will run for ME.
Running Pants DIY
How to sew Running Pants
Skill level: Advanced beginner, familiar with sewing knits
Time Needed: 2 – 3 hours
- 2 yards activewear fabric
- Legging Sloper, HERE (affiliate)
- 1 – 1.5 yds of 1.5” elastic
- Ballpoint sewing needle
- Coordinating thread
- Tracing paper
- Fabric scissors / rotary cutter
- Sewing Machine
Fabric seen in these photos:
- Red and silver stars on blue performance fabric, found in your local Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store
- Performance Fabric-Basic Workout Mesh White E/O Quality
- You can use a leggings pattern block, or trace around a pair of leggings you already own for your main pattern pieces. You will want to use a leggings pattern block that does not have a side seam. When sewing activewear, you want the running pants to be slightly tighter than normal leggings. If desired, you can size down one size to achieve this. Trace around your leggings pattern block onto a piece of tracing paper, or large white paper (the back of wrapping paper works well for this).
- Measure 5” from the front seam, and cut a straight line down your leggings pattern. Measure 4.5” from that cut line, and cut another line down to the hem. Add ½” seam allowance to all cut lines. Cut (2) mirror images of each new pattern piece from your performance fabric.
- Lastly, we will want to draft pockets. Cut a pocket the same width as your middle pants pattern (5.5” wide) x 9” long. Cut a diagonal line across the top of the pocket if desired.
- Turn the top of the pocket down 1” and sew using a stretch stitch, zigzag stitch, twin needle, or coverstitch machine to secure.
- Cut a piece of elastic your waist measurement, minus 1”. Fold elastic in half right sides together, matching up the outer ends. Pin in place and sew. Open up the elastic seam and sew down to secure, sewing a rectangle around the entire seam.
- Place the pocket 5” down from the waistband on the center leggings panel. Pin in place and baste stitch the side seams to secure. Pin the bottom pocket edge to the center panel and sew, using a stretch friendly stitch. Repeat for both center leggings panels, making sure to mirror the pocket.
- Place the front legging panel right sides together with the center panel, matching up the side seam. Pin in place and sew. Repeat for back leggings panel on opposite side.
- Serge or finish the seams with an overlapping zigzag stitch and use your finger to press both seams towards the middle panel. Sew down both seams to secure. This will add an extra level of security against ‘popped’ stitches in your leggings. Repeat step 7 and 8 for both legs.
- Place legs right sides together, pin and sew the front and back crotch seams. Finish seams, press to one side and sew down seam to secure.
- Open up the leggings and place the legs right sides together, matching up the inner leg seam. Pin and sew. Finish seam, and press to one side with your finger. Carefully sew the seam in place, starting at the hem of the leggings and working your way up to the crotch – being careful not to get any wrinkled fabric in your stitches. When you reach the crotch, sew back and forth a few times and stop. Repeat for the other leg by starting on the other hem and working your way up.
- Pin the waistband right sides together with your leggings, matching up the waistband seam with the back center of your pants. Pin in place and sew using a stretch friendly stitch, gently pulling the elastic to match the width of your leggings while you sew. Finish seam and press up. Sew in place to secure. Fold the bottom hem of the leggings 1” towards the wrong side and sew using a stretch friendly stitch to finish.
And you are done!
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