They’re Not Pants

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

There are two camps on the topic of leggings theory. Some people say they are not pants, some people (clearly) believe they are pants. What is interesting, though, is that — it seems — most people from both groups own and wear leggings. So, can’t we all just get along? *wink*

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings  – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I made yet another pair of McCall’s M6173 leggings. I made a bunch last year — almost ten pairs — because once I altered the pattern to fit me exactly, it was almost criminal to not whip up a new pair every few days, or every week. Then I ran out of leggings-making steam, and then I stopped altogether.

Fast forward to this year, and not all the pairs have survived — stains that I couldn’t get out and poor laundry etiquette cost me just enough pairs to go into full on panic mode. Howwwww could I survive with only three pairs of grab ‘n go leggings? (Not to be confused with my fancy, dress-up leggings.) And what would I wear upon resuming walking and running for exercise? Seriously, what do people wear? This body is not going out of the house in shorts of any kind …

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings  – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

So I made another pair of M6173 leggings, and fell in love all over again. I’ve already worn them twice, and they’re only ten days old. I love print on this fabric, it’s busy enough to please me, but in nice neutrals to go with the cooler temps and shorter days. Seasonal exercise deserves seasonal gear! Which is why I’ve paired my new leggings with my brand new football gear.

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings  – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Anyone who knows me knows I am a humongous football fan, and a Pats fan 4-lyfe. I love cheering for the home team. Right now my favorite player is Devin McCourty, who gives 110% on every play and inspires me to push my body just a little bit more. But you’ve got to take care of your body or you can’t push it! So I went ahead and got my very first pair of running sneakers.

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings  – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I got fitted for them at Marathon Sports, a local chain of stores selling running shoes and running gear. One of their locations is right on the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and they’ve always had close ties with the marathon and serious runners in the Boston area. It was a great experience, I definitely recommend getting your shoes there if you’re ever in Boston. They don’t sell walking shoes, but you can walk quite well in running shoes!

“They're Not Pants” McCall's 6173 leggings  – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Anyway, expect more pairs of not-pants out of me in the near future! I hope you follow me on Instagram, because that’s where they’ll pop up. :)

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10 Comments

  1. Nice print and the pant fits perfectly on you. I have that pattern but I’ve always been scared to touch it since I’m not sure of the right fabric to use. I’m still seriously learning fabrics which I have a long way to go.
    I have many diff swatches of fabrics that I go through all the time to determine which is which. Once I think I got it figured out and I get to the fabric store faced with gazillion fabrics of the same texture and rolling my small behind up and down the isle trying to figure them out, I usually end up not buying any. :(
    Now you’re really making me want to give this pant a try. :)
    — — LOL @ This body is not going out of the house in shorts of any kind – You have great legs, just so you know. I’ve seen you in short dresses so I think you can definitely werk those shorts.

    1. Ooh, you should so make up this pattern! I use polyester/lycra ITY fabric. If you want to make it easy on yourself, buy enough ITY from Fabricmart or Fabric.com for a few muslins. You’ll have the chance to see how the fabric sews and wears, while also tweaking the pattern for a perfect fit. Hope this helps you!

      And thanks for the kind words about my legs — it took me over fifteen years to show my bare legs in public, due to a scarring experience of childhood teasing. To this day, I still haven’t worn shorts! And that incident was over twenty years ago. Sigh….

  2. I’ve been trying to perfect a Kwik Sew leggings pattern. Today I took my first attempt apart, and put in side seams, which they didn’t have, I also took in the crotch which is scary business, but they are 90% better than they were and if I wear them with a long top, you won’t see the still slightly loose bottom. Glad you have had success with your pattern. BTW; I love your city and Grey’s Fabric Store was awesome!

    1. Yayyy! Glad to hear you enjoyed Boston — I’m very, very proud of my city. :) Putting in side seams is very clever, and altering the crotch curve is so key for any pants to fit right. Which Kwik Sew pattern are you using?

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