buy it or make it
You could pay $72 for this shirt at Madewell:
(I’m writing hypothetically but let’s be honest, I already bought the fabric [in the blue stripe, because that’s the beauty of sewing your own] and am going to be doing exactly this. Right on schedule, my 2019 Make Nine plans have gone out the window.)
Now that I have embraced leggings, I have decided I need more leggings. (This is partly because yes, I always want more, but mostly because I have three pairs and I’m at the gym four days a week, which makes Laundry Math tricky.)
My eternal struggle is finding things that are ethically made that I can also afford. Take, for instance, these from Athleta, which are sold out but were $89:
Or these, from Teeki, which are amazing and recycled and made in the USA, but probably sheer and $72:
The solution is to become my own sweatshop and try my hand at making leggings. It seems daunting, because they have to fit so tightly–but really, I think the fabric will be doing most of that fitting. And the Super G tights pattern from Greenstyle looks pretty promising.
When I was sick again over the weekend, I didn’t get any sewing in but I trawled every online spandex source and found a couple matches for the tights above:
Stripes from Stonemountain
Clouds from Spandex House
I think I know what I need to do.