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Fleece or fleece lined leggings?

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    Profile photo of kgiffkgiff @kgiff

    Has anyone attempted to make warmer leggings? My daughter’s preschool goes out pretty much everyday and she refuses to wear anything other than leggings or yoga pants. She’s already complaining about cold legs, so I’m trying to figure out options. I don’t think fleece has much wind resistance on it’s own, but wonder if it would still help to keep her warm.Would they be too bulky in fleece? Thanks in advance!

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    Profile photo of honeymadeithoneymadeit @honeymadeit

    I put thermal pants (like pj pants) under GD’s leggings. She always has odd pairs from the hand me downs from her cousins. We don’t get enough really cold weather here to make lined pants worth the time. I may do a couple pair this year with it being extra cold.

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    Profile photo of Liesl GibsonLiesl Gibson
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    As long as your fabric has enough stretch it should be fine. Mood had a really interesting fleece the other day that looked like ponte on the face but had that nice soft fleece on the back of it. Something like that would be great, provided it stretches enough. Especially the leg openings, to get over feet.

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    I haven’t done the playtime leggings in anything other than cotton knit, but I’ve made up the nature walk yoga pants in a ton of different fabrics– stretch denim, jersey, Polartec fleece, cotton sweatshirt fleece. I know that Polartec does make a windproof fleece– I haven’t tried to buy it by the yard, I have some outdoor gear that my in-laws don’t use anymore and gave to me to re-use.

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    I like this idea. I was considering Nature Walk pants for Maggie in pink sweatshirt fleece – poly fleece would be even warmer! I think the big thing for leggings is that the fabric needs to be pretty stretchy and have good recovery (snap back) – otherwise you’ll either have difficulty getting them on and moving, or you’ll have baggy knees and butt.

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    Thanks everyone! I wasn’t thinking about recovery, but that’s a good point!

    @Lisel that fabric at mood sounds perfect! I wish I was closer, I like to shop by touch, buying online is so hard.

    The nature walk pants sound like a good idea too… and the perfect excuse to buy a new pattern 😛

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    I really like PT Powerstretch for warm leggings, long underwear etc. It is very comfortable against the skin. It can be seen at Peak Fabric’s online store, but I’m sure there are many sources .

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    Don’t forget wool!
    You can buy jumpers (sweaters) from Op Shops and cut them up and sew leggings from them.

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    Profile photo of honeymadeithoneymadeit @honeymadeit

    Nicole, that sounds like a good idea. Would you use them like when you upcycle a tee or do you have to do something to make sure they don’t run or unravel?

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    Profile photo of kgiffkgiff @kgiff

    I was going to ask the same thing as honeymadeit. I actually have a couple of sweaters in the upcycle pile, but I’m not sure what to do with the edges when I cut into it or how to finish the seams.

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    I can tell you what I do, I am not sure if it is the proper way.
    Lay your garment out and let it relax. Trace the pattern piece on to the garment, a sharpie is good.
    Try snipping somewhere, not needed, on the garment and see how fast it unravels. If it is not too bad, cut and sew promptly. If it frays a lot, cut, zigzag edges first and then sew together. If it frays like the billy-oh, zigzag over the sharpie traced line and then cut.

    I hope that is some help.

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    Profile photo of honeymadeithoneymadeit @honeymadeit

    Thank you that sounds like good advise. Now, too visit the resale shop for some sweaters.

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    Profile photo of scgoblescgoble @scgoble

    I wear these kind of leggings almost every day – I’m wearing them right now! Hopefully the attached will show you what the two sides of the fabric look like. I did a quick search and found yardage here: http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/kelly+polartec+power+stretch+fabric.do

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    Profile photo of beachmombeachmom @beachmom

    Polartec Power Stretch fabric is awesome! That’s what all my winter running clothes are made from.;)

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    Profile photo of kgiffkgiff @kgiff

    @Nicole your method makes a lot of sense.

    Thanks everyone I have some options to look into. And I’ve also found some thicker knits that might be more winter appropriate as well.

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