She doesn’t really have any cool workout clothes, only some old sweats she sleeps in, so I thought it would be fun to make her a running outfit she could get excited about. She loved the idea of using some of my recently acquired cheetah activewear fabric (or is it leopard?) I can never tell.
I showed her the Wild & Free legging pattern my friend Olga from Coffee and Thread sent me last year. I had never gotten around to making them, and I don’t know why, because there are so many cool details in this pattern and it was fun to get my creative side working and collaborate with my little one!
I like the pockets and the knee seams and the optional animal faces that you can stencil onto the knees. I drew my own cat face because Gigi wanted a tougher looking cat face but the faces included are really cute, too. Maybe mine looks a little too unfriendly, eh?
There are many tips included in the pattern to get a professional looking garment. Like using stabilizer to stitch down the pocket bags without puckers. Wish I had paid attention to that one, but I was so excited about this crafty project I steamed forward . The directions and illustrations are really well done, and I can see even a beginner being able to make these cute little pants, thanks to the well written instructions.
The top is the bodice from the Kitchy Coo skater dress I made last week. I made it a few inches longer and added a ribbed bottom band, giving it a whole new look. I entered this project in the Pattern Review Activewear contest. The winner gets a hundred dollars in Jalie patterns. I’m a recent new fan and they are coming out with several new patterns this year. I can’t wait!