6 choix de tissus pour faire un legging confortable

6 fabric choices to make comfortable leggings

How do you choose a good fabric for making leggings?

There are a lot of possibilities, it's normal to feel a little confused 🙂

Leggings avec tissus chito sante haute compression

You must first know what type of leggings you are looking for, are they "soft" leggings for the house, comfortable but cute leggings for walking, sport leggings for light training? or leggings with compression for serious training and / or to keep the “little slack” in place. One or the other of its options are also combinable so the possibilities are not endless but almost LOL ... I like it that it stays cute whether it is to keep my slack or that I go for a walk in town 🙂

Over the years, I've done a lot of sewing and leggings are still the most “accessible” piece of clothing without too much fluff. Often without buttons, buttonholes, zippers etc. therefore not very complex to achieve. It is therefore more accessible and quick to produce, also having a result without much adjustment given the stretch side.

In recent weeks, I have tested lots of athletic fibers to make technical leggings and thus be able to judge which ones I could wear and on what occasions.

 

J'ai testé ces fibres :

  • FWC (festher weight compression)
  • Le butterknit jersey
  • Lightweight athletic jersey (brand new)
  • Chitosante extreme medium compression
  • High density chitosante / compression
  • BSP (brushed poly spandex)

Here is my opinion (based on my experience, my knowledge and education):

1- FWC Polyester spandex Ultra light absorbent athletic fiber. Certification: OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. Eco-friendly fabric. Canadian product. Suggested use: Tops, t-shirts, underwear, camisoles, work out, fitness and comfortable (soft) clothing.

Composition: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex 155 gsm

My test:

super mega thin, also considered as a "base layer" (the effect layer below, or the new version of the "combinations" for sportsmen ). Sewing is intermediate / beginner with a good microtex type needle. The shape / silhouette is less structured than a thick fabric but hugs the shapes very well and has a super nice fall. Doesn't pass the squat test, becomes relatively transparent when stretched so for me I have to wear a long top to hide my butt. It's soft it's soft, it's comfy and I'll wear them around the house.

2- Butterknit Knit Jersey Polyester Spandex soft smooth liquid effect. OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. Eco-friendly fabric. Canadian product. Suggested use: Lightweight fabrics, Tops, Dresses, comfortable (soft) clothing, t-shirts. SUPER STRETCH.

Composition: 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex 185 gsm

My test:

Thin and light, super mega soft 🙂 hence its name of “knitting of butter”. It will be perfect for the summer being light and "cool". Sewing is beginner with a good microtex type needle. The shape / silhouette is also less structured than a thick fabric but hugs the shapes well and has a nice fall. Doesn't pass the squat test, becomes relatively transparent / white, I personally wouldn't be comfortable wearing it without a long top but a friend has no problem with the micro transparency it gives. It's soft, it's mega soft, it's magic lol it's comfortable and I will wear them this summer with a long tunic or blouse or long tank top.

3- Lightweight Local Polyester Spandex Athletic Jersey soft. OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100. Eco-friendly fabric. Canadian product. Suggested use: Lightweight fabrics, Tops, Dresses, comfortable (soft) clothing, t-shirts. SUPER STRETCH

Composition: 88% Polyester 12% Spandex 180 gsm

My test:

The pieces are cut but I haven't done the stitching yet, love the texture, love the light compression. I come back to you when my test is “wearable” after washing and drying the garment 🙂

4- BSP Recycled absorbent sports brushed spandex polyester . RPet and Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, rPet (6 recycled bottles per meter) Canadian product. Eco-friendly fabric. Suggested use: Tops, Dresses, comfortable (soft) clothes, pants, jackets, vests, hoodies, sportswear.

Composition: 86% Recycled Polyester, 14% Spandex 195 gsm

My test:

BSP (brushed poly spandex) is the luxury sports absorbent version that breathes DBP that we find pretty much everywhere. It is brushed that on one side the fiber is absorbent and comfortable. And sweet sum a sin on one side. Sewing is beginner with a good microtex type needle. Can be worn the brushed side inside or out, we chose to print on the plush side. It is a medium to heavyweight, normal fall, very stretchy and soft fabric. The leggings are comfortable, wearable at all times. I don't know if I will wear these leggings to train, I personally need more compression. Passes the squat test, does not become transparent.

5- Chitosante Extreme Recycled polyester spandex Absorbent and antibacterial medium density athletic fiber.

Leggings chito santé medium densité

Certification: OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100, rPet (9 recycled bottles by the meter). Eco-friendly fabric. Canadian product. Suggested use: Tops, support underwear, support camisoles, work out, fitness and comfortable (soft) clothing, jackets, leggings, bra, swimming.

Composition: 92% Recycled Polyester, 8% Spandex 250 gsm

My test: My second favorite 🙂

Medium thickness to thick. super soft, the texture is like cake fondant 🙂. It is perfect for training clothes but also everyday, depending on the silhouette you give it. Having more body, hold, the structure / silhouette allows full of look. Sewing is beginner with a good microtex type needle again. Pass the squat test with flying colors, medium compression to keep everything in the right place while remaining comfortable close to the effect of "soft" clothing. It’s super comfortable for me and I’ll be wearing them in rotation quite a bit all the time. Also perfect for swimsuits while being matte and non-shiny. The chitos are antibacterial, absorbent, it breathes and it is UPF50.

6- Chitosante Extreme Recycled polyester spandex High density athletic fiber , absorbent and antibacterial. Certification: OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100, rPet (9 recycled bottles by the meter). Eco-friendly fabric. Canadian product. Suggested use: Tops, support underwear, support camisoles, work out, fitness, jackets, leggings, bra, swimming.

Composition: 88% Recycled Polyester, 12% Spandex 300 gsm

My test: My favorite 🙂

The heaviest at 300 gsm. super soft, the texture is also like cake fondant but a good thick layer 🙂. It is perfect for training clothes but also everyday, depending on the silhouette you give it. Having more body, hold, the structure / silhouette allows full of look. Sewing is beginner with a good microtex type needle again. Pass the squat test with flying colors, high compression keeps everything in the right place with a high “hold” effect. It is THE fabric to make sportswear that will be worn in more serious training. Also perfect for swimsuits while being matte and non-shiny. Chitos are antibacterial, absorbent, breathable and it's UPF50.

Coupe 6 épaisseurs de tissus pour leggings

The famous squat test 🙂

It's when you wear a tight-fitting garment and by making a movement like an iron buttocks / concrete thighs squat that it causes or not a transparency of the fabric due to its thickness and its mechanical extensibility and / or composition. A successful test: we do not see the underwear or the color of them when we do a squat. An unsuccessful test is when you can see the underwear or the color of them when the fabric is stretched.

For some people, when the images are large / dark / “busy” they don't mind not that the fiber does not pass the squat test because it is noticeable much less while patterns and pale colors will not leave much room for the imagination 🙂

Fabrics available in our exclusive collections

Each fiber tested are available inexclusive collections and personalized fabrics, when you have chosen the design or pattern, just select the fabric according to the fiber you need to make your own leggings.