I'm also participating in the Spring Race Challenge. Sew active wear. Run a race. Leggings are a critical part of my activewear wardrobe. Be it yoga, walking, hiking, skating or otherwise, I want fitted pants with complete freedom and my full range of movement. I do not like to be restricted.
1. stitch elastic to edge
2. fold & stitch again
3. fold and stitch
This time, however, I opted for covering the elastic in fabric first, then attaching to the waistband. It allowed me to cut off ~ 6" of excess and get the waist lower than my ribs and closer to my belly button. Whew! I love it. I learned the technique in a Threads magazine years ago. Must find that edition and share.
I also made this pair capris. I stood, used my measuring tape and self-measured from floor up to the point on my calves where I wanted the capris to hit. Not the most accurate, but a decent way to start. I was going to use fold over elastic instead of hemming. I stitched it on the back first, then tried on the pants. I liked the 1/4 " of contrasting red elastic hanging below the edge (instead of folded over) so much that I just left them.
The Race While Wearing MeMade Activewear
Ok, paying attention to that, I don't really want to race. So, I decided that I just needed to race myself. That's still a race. Beat your own time, try a new technique, endure a longer time. Now that's something I can get behind.
Here the capris are in action. They were very comfortable. I skated ~ 8 miles. That's about 2 more than I normally do. Yay me! I even fell a little on a weird bit of grooved sidewalk. Thank God I wore my wrist guards and knee pads (which are in desperate need of replacement since the elastic is worn out. They're 14 years old!). Pants survived sans damage. Whoop, whoop!