Now that your New Year’s Resolution to exercise everyday has been ditched, it’s time to remotivate yourself with some new workout wear! Activewear is really fun to sew and not too hard! WeaveUp has some amazing fabric that is perfect for workout wear, I was inspired by their Poly knit fabric swatch to create these faux lace up workout pants! I had the fabric printed in 2 custom designs.
These pants have a cute little lace-up design on the back! The waistband is elastic and the pattern is super simple to sew! You’ll be working out in style in no time!
I always curl my hair before working out, don’t you?? Hah! I love these pants so much I want to be wearing them all the time. And new running pants is a good excuse for matching shoes, a matching sports bra and purple weights! Girl Scout cookie season is coming!
This pattern includes a download for pants in size S, M and L and it’s FREE! Just add fabric! When you sew with this fabric, just use basic knit fabric technique. Use a stretch stitch, and review this post if you need a brush-up!
About the fabric ///
This fabric is an amazing polyester stretch knit. It is a really nice thick material that lends itself perfectly to activewear. The fabric texture is what inspired this whole project! WeaveUp sent me a little swatch book and, after feeling this stretch knit, I couldn’t stop thinking about running pants! It’s thick enough to wear as leggings (not uncomfortably thin or see-through at all!) and super smooth and comfortable.
WeaveUp has lots of other fabrics, too! I used some of the lightweight wovens to create this Boho Ruffle Blouse a few months ago. I love the quality of these fabrics, I’ve been super impressed. And because of the color process, these fabrics won’t fade!
Sign up for WeaveUp and start making your own design boards and custom designs. You can upload designs or choose from the huge designs already in the app. You can also check out my design boards here.
To customize your fabric, first find a design you like. When you’re on the page, click the ‘Customize Design’ button on the right and you’ll take your design to a screen with a color selector! Change it up as much or little as you want! You can use the color selector to match hex codes or a perfect match!
Save it and then add it to your cart!
Let’s make some pants!
INSTRUCTIONS // FAUX LACE UP WORKOUT PANTS
- Free Pattern Download, see below
- 1″ elastic
- 1 yard Weave Up Poly Stretch Knit
Let’s get sewing! Print off your pattern at 100% (DO NOT SCALE). Trim the edges of the papers off the tops and one side of all the pages and then tape it all together. Cut out 2 pant pieces, 2 facing pieces and 2 lacing pieces (1.25″ by 18″). You’ll also need a piece of 1″ elastic, the measurement of your waist/high hip minus 3″.
Start by pinning the facing piece to the outside of the pant. Sew at 1/4″. Clip the point.
Fold the facing over to the inside of the pants and press it well. Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge to hold in place.
Create the lacing strips by folding in both edges of the lacing fabric 1/4″ and press well (A). Fold in half again so the raw edges are contained inside. Then stitch close to the edge of the lacing strings. (B) Start at the top of the facing and pin the lacing cord to the facing. Zig zag it down the angled opening, creating 6 points on the facing. When you get to a point, fold the fabric over to change the angle of the lacing. The last point at the bottom of the pant should end 1/2″ from the bottom edge. (C) Repeat with the second cord in the alternate pattern. Stitch all the ends in place, backstitching to hold the lacing well. (D)
Hem the bottom of the pants by folding under 1/2″ and topstitch.
Fold both pant legs in half and sew the inside seams.
Flip one side pant right side out and keep one pant leg inside out.
Put the right side out pant leg INSIDE the inside out pant leg so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.
Sew the crotch seam from front to back in one stitching line. Almost done!!
Sew the elastic together to create a circle. Pin to the inside of the pants, stretching it evenly. Sew to the top of the inside.
Flip the waistband down into the pant to create a clean waistband. The elastic will be totally covered. Then topstitch around the pants 3/4″ from the top.
That’s it! Try them on and get moving!