Guys, I think I may have lost my mind. These DIY faux leather leggings are totally different to what I normally wear, but I’ve got to say. I. Am. Loving them.
They certainly make me feel bad ass. Which is pretty important when you’re half asleep and covered in baby sick.
The fabric comes from the kind people at Funkifabrics. It’s a leather look lycra with about 5% stretch.
I’ll be honest – I thought a lycra like this might end up feeling a little icky on, but this fabric is really breathable. Plus the fabric was super easy to work with. I just used some ballpoint needles and my overlocker and these were whipped up in about two hours – including cutting out time. Score.
I used my tried and true DIY legging pattern but changed the waistband. I wanted a separate waistband – something that made the leggings look a little more trouser-like.
I’ve included a step-by-step visual below in case you wanted to follow along.
Sorry for the crotch shot. Unfortunate hazard of a sewing blogger.
The only real question I have (apart from occasionally wondering if leather-look is too OTT for this mamma) is whether I should put two back pockets on the back. What do you think? I have them all cut out and am just trying to decide whether they would work.
Overall I’m really pleased with how these have come out – especially since they’re so different to what I normally wear.
I think the fit could be improved a little by taking in some of the side seams. But, you know, I’m trying to embrace the ol’ adage ‘good is better than perfect‘ otherwise I would never wear anything.
So what do you think? Would you wear something like this, or is it too much? If you would flaunt your stuff in a bad ass pair of leggings what would you wear them with – style ideas always much appreciated!