Hot! The “I’m NOT Too Old For This…Yet” Leggings

The Facts
Fabric: Black cotton jersey $5 from Mood’s online sale
Pattern: Modified Simplicity 8088
Year: 1998
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours (4 eps Agatha Christie’s Poirot)
First worn: To class on Tuesday
Wear again? Indeed!
Total price: ~$5

Back when I was young, I used to be a gymnast and a dancer. I quit gymnastics before high school but I kept up dance as a hobby until grad school – basically from age 3 to 25. Despite living basically across the street from one, I hadn’t been in a dance studio for about 4 1/2 years. It took a few pep-talks from the hubs, but I finally signed up for adult ballet a few weeks ago. Man, my joints were stiff!

My parents used to marvel at my flexibility and remark, “Keep at it otherwise you’ll lose it when you’re older.” I never believed them. I was impervious to age! In the last year is when I’ve started to notice things going down hill. Joints ache, muscles ache – for NO REASON! But being back in class for a few weeks now has really helped get me back in shape.

I just walk to class from my apartment so I like to be covered up a bit. I thought these could go from walk to warm-ups pretty well. I wanted to also make a top for this week, but didn’t have time. I finished the last seam on the waist just in time for class this week.

Husband is the real soccer enthusiast in the fam, but I tried some soccer moves anyway. He shouted at me for not getting my planted foot close enough to the ball, but I didn’t want to hit the camera!…or him.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Holy cow, look at you leaping! I too have noticed the age-related slowdown (What? I’m only 32!) and am getting more active. Need to make some more activewear like this!

  2. Wow, now that is split jump, you should have used that as you feature photo – you look amazing. This challenge definitely inspired me to make more athletic wear.

  3. So proud you got back to your class. You look fantastic.. Great job.

  4. Man, you got some serious moves there : ) Congrats on something practical and stylish! And we will NEVER be too old for comfy leggings…heh, heh…

  5. Wow! You go girl! I’m glad your new class has inspired you to create these useful little pants. They’re perfect for your new activities.

  6. What useful leggings. You still look pretty athletic and limber to me! All I have left from running and dancing as a teenager is shot knees and hip muscles – I’ll never be able to do the stuff I did then again :-( Enjoy it!

  7. Your leaps are craaazy! Nice extension! I’m also a dancer, and have moved from one style to the other depending on what classes were available to me where I was living. Currently, I’m doing Irish Dance! Glad to know there are patterns out there for simple leggings that look good.

  8. Oh my gosh you are well fit, look at you leap, there’s no way you could do that in skinny jeans hehe. Great practical leggings for doing leaps and bounds in, I wish I could do that!

  9. Oh wow, you sure can leap! I am very impressed. Nice leggings!

  10. Great jumping!! Does that mean if I make the same pants I could jump like that too?? ;-)

  11. Wow Liz you are amazing. That leap and split is so awesome. Good luck in dance class.