Two pairs of Manila Leggings

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If you haven't heard about my favorite magazine, then you're going to right now :) The lovely team over at Colette Patterns started a monthly online magazine, Seamwork, which is chock full of sewing related articles that have tips, how-tos, and patterns. Not going to lie, the patterns are hands down my favorite part of Seamwork. Each issue costs $6 for subscribers and the price includes the two patterns! So, the Manila leggings only cost me $3. Pretty good deal, huh?


I've been on a leggings kick (more on that later) and loveeee the cuff detail, so over the last few days I made two pairs. Forget Superbowl, Katy Perry, and Tom Brady. It was all about Manila this past weekend for me! Side note: who else was hoping that one of the shark costumes would unzip and Snoop Dogg would pop out? Also, didn't Superbowl commercials used to be funny? What happened this year???? Please note, this is coming from someone who doesn't really care about football and cares more about the entertainment and the guacamole and chips situation. Guac and chips > football, in my opinion at least :P

Version one of Manila, the muslin. Sorry for the low quality photo!

Speaking of food, I had some fun Funki Fabrics ice cream fabric in my arsenal that I was dying to use, but I knew making a wearable muslin first would be the best way to go. This pretty purple knit was purchased from Fabric Mart last year and for the life of me I can't find it anywhere on the website, so no link for you guys.

The pattern instructions were followed to a T and everything sewed up really fast. The most time consuming part for me was attaching the waistband/elastic, but even that didn't take long. Despite the simplicity of the pattern I managed to sew one of the cuffs on backwards, but I am currently ok with that. Also, this was a rare instance when I did not have to shorten the leg length to fit me, so all you ladies with longer legs may need to lengthen them.


Version two was made from this radical ice cream cone printed lycra from Funki Fabrics. Yes, the fabric is very vibrant. No, the fabric doesn't bleed in the wash (I put a color catcher in the washer and it came out white). Yes, wearing ice cream leggings to the gym may or may not be inappropriate, but it's going to happen anyways.

I'd like to note that Funki Fabrics did send me this fabric as a gift and I am very impressed with it. Once I got the fabric in my hands I was so happy with it that I ordered four yards of some of their other fabrics. The quality is great, the design options are so unique (they have in house designers), and I can't think of any other place with this many options. I paid full price, tax, and shipping just like anyone else would. Over the next few weeks I'm going to be posting some of the things I have made from Funki Fabrics and I will make sure to be clear on what a gift and what was purchased.


Ok, back to the ice cream pants. The cuffs are on correctly, however the fabric doesn't hold the petal cuff as nicely as the purple pair. The only change I made was making the elastic a little tighter. The pattern recommends cutting the elastic two inches smaller than your natural waist, which works great for leggings that I wear during the day. When I want to make/wear leggings for working out I like to make the elastic fit a little more snug, so I am not fidgeting and pulling up my pants when I'm going into down dog. The elastic for this pair is three and a half inches smaller than my waist, so hopefully there will be less adjusting pants and more focusing on yoga!


Have any of you sewn Manila? Any other Mariachi El Bronx fans out there??!

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  1. These are fantastic!!!!! You'll be the talk of the gym. Well done!!!

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  2. Are we still doing the Sewist Meetup February 21? Hope so. Karen from Visalia

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  3. So bright! I love that fabric, but couldn't pull it off like you

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  4. How do you find the fabric for exercising - does it breathe at all? I'm finding it REALLY difficult to find suitable fabric for running in (nothing in NZ but that's to be expected, really).

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  5. those pants are freaking awesome! you are so cute! i cant wait to get that pattern printed now. Thanks for sharing about funkifabrics! they ARE funky and fantastic. so many options!

    -d

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  6. Such fun leggings!!
    I didn't watch the superbowl either. I was on a Sons of Anarchy binge!

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  7. Dude, I NEED those ice cream leggings.

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  8. Yeah, you totally need a solid Pneuma to go with pants this crazy and awesome! I've been loving Seamwork too! I hope the patterns fit okay, I have some trouble with Colette, but absolutely love the concept. I kind of want to do a Seamwork challenge like some do with Burda - sew one pattern from that month.

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  9. www.tresbienensemble.comFebruary 5, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Will you hate me if I completely rip-off your leggings?! I've been eyeballing the jellybean print at Funki Fabrics, but these ice cream cones are AMAZING! I have a horrible sense of humor (inherited from my father, love him) so I find the idea of working-out in clothing covered in pictures of food completely hysterical. :-D

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  10. Hi Sophie, I have used a Funkifabrics fabric to create a complete activewear outfit. I found that the fabric was perfect for exercise! It totally moves with you and because it is water resistant, sweat didn't cause an issue! Hope this helped? X

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  11. Ice cream cones!!!!!!!! These are so good, dude!!!!!

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  12. These are so cute! Love those ice cream cones! I love that cuff detail too !

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  13. These are so cute! Way better than the boring black leggings I always wear to the gym.

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  14. I love that ice cream fabric. Everything about it is amazing. I am going to have to start ordering from Funki Fabrics. I live in leggings.

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  15. Oh my goodness. These a flipping great! I think it's totally appropriate to wear ice cream leggins to the gym. The more you the run the more ice cream you get at the end. Right? :)

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  16. I think it's funny how you mention Snoop Dogg -- Brian was like: "Where Snoop?" Haha :) Those ice cream leggings are fantastic! So bright and cheerful and awesome and so out of the ordinary. I bet you put a smile on everyone's faces when you wear them!

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  17. hahaha Brian and I are totally on the same wavelength!

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  18. EXACTLY!!!! "Will do yoga for ice cream" haha :)

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  19. Thanks, Renee! I think you will be really pleased with the quality of the fabric. I just warn people that when you get to the website you are going to have a hard time of narrowing down your choices. There are literally over 1,000 options!

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  20. Thanks, Heather! Are you going to give Manila a go?

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  21. Um, I'm only going to hate you if you DON'T make a pair ;) I would love to be your twinnie :)

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  22. I am going to use some of the smaller parts for Pneuma! I ordered the straps and I'm ready to go :)


    Oooh a Seamwork challenge sounds awesome. Good idea!

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  23. What season are you on???? I just watched the series finale a month or so ago and am so heartbroken that it's done. I'm going to miss Jax.

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  24. I haven't sweat much in them yet, but so far so good! They feel really nice on my skin and the four way stretch is perfect for working out. After my next yoga class I will be sure to report back!

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  25. Thanks, Carlee! I think you could totally pull them off :)

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  26. I just started Season 6. I've gotten hardly anything done around the house since I started watching it. lol!

    I just seen your quilt and I love it! Congrats, that must feel amazing to have had accomplished.

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  27. I seriously can't get over that ice cream fabric! SO GOOD! ...why have I not made 85 pairs of leggings yet????

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  28. Holy shit that ice cream fabric is sooooooo awesome and you totally pull it off!! Love them.

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  29. Not a bad problem to have. I look forward to seeing the other fabrics you chose. Also my sister is a huge Mariachi El Bronx fan.

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  30. Waaah ice-cream legs! Best leggings ever!

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  31. loving those ice creams!

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  32. i LOVE your ice cream fabric gym clothes. i can't think of a better combination.

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  33. That ice cream print, oh wow! Your leggings look uh-mazing!!

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  34. Is the it the big ice cream at the small because at funky fabrics has two sizes of ice cream (same fabric) what do you wear big or small ice creams?

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  35. Hi Joanna, here is the link for the ice cream fabric: https://funkifabrics.com/product/1507

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