Wild and Free Cheetah Girl Running Pants!

wild and free leggingsBesides unicorns and rainbows, Gigi loves cheetahs and running. Recently she joined up with our town’s youth track and field club.cheetah6

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.cheetah8 She loved the idea of using some of my recently acquired cheetah activewear fabric (or is it leopard?) I can never tell.wild and free leggings

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!wild and free leggings

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? wild and free leggings

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 . wild and free leggingsThe 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.wild and free leggings

I cut a size 6 for Gigi’s size and a size 7 in the height.cheetahgirl2

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!

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  1. Sandy Osborne says

    Oh, man, that first picture cracked me up!! What a little cutie-pie. And your photos really put the “active” in active wear Nice work on the running suit — I especially like the pockets.

  2. says

    This outfit is fantastic!! They remind me of a pair of pants I bought one of my girls while we lived in Germany. I’ve never seen anything like them until now. Oh how I miss European clothing. All her friends are going to be asking their mom’s for pants just like these!