How to Style: Colorful Tights

Making colourful cool. Style tips from Kenzies closet. Thanks for the post.

Kenzie's Closet

colored tights

Colorful tights are my favorite thing to wear once the temperatures drop. And of course I feel like Blair Waldorf so why wouldn’t I wear them?! I styled four outfits around my current pairs of colored tights, showing you how I wear them throughout fall and winter. It just so happens that Target has their tights on sale this week so head on over to your local Target to check out there selection!


It was a bit chilly as we took the pictures and Ebbie was just not feeling going outside, so she decided to supervise from the screen door. (:


My first outfit would be perfect if we went to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving. The colors just scream fall and the loose fit of the dress would be perfect for the food baby I have by the end of the day.


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Lycra Advertisement Movie – The Lycra Difference ‘Lycra Moves You’

Lycra moves you – need we say more! Great artistic expression, highlighting the easy free flowing nature of lycra.


Your daily dose of advertising awesomeness from around the world!

Today’s pick:

  • Agency: SapientNitro
  • Location: London
  • Client: Lycra
  • Name: Lycra moves you
  • Category: Film
  • Why I like it: Nice! Imagine the brief: take a dull, almost industrial product (a stretchy fiber!) and delicately try and balance the functional (must feature product! must convey functional benefit through some sort of demo!) with the emotional (make it a part of people’s lives! make it contemporary! make it meaningful!) A groan-inducing challenge, which they somehow pulled off flawlessly: The film is beautiful, and almost hypnotic in its use of special effects, color and movement; there is a linearity to the storytelling as we go through the woman’s day; and all of this is wrapped around a clear message of how the product moves with us through life. Really impressive.

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Spandex 101: The Basics How to Make Lycra Costumes

The original how to make lycra costumes and other stuff out of spandex – totally loving this series. See also part 2 of the same series. Well done!

The Geeky Seamstress

10440160_595637963895647_1064976807009881959_n Spandex: Fabric of choice for ridiculous (but awesome) comic book costumes. Photo by Black Vest Photography.

Pull up a chair, grab some coffee, and let’s chat about spandex. Spandex is an amazing fabric for both cosplay and everyday wear. It’s amazing for any project that needs a bit of stretch, whether you’re looking to turn yourself into a superhero or make a pair of sexy yoga pants.

Just to be upfront, I don’t feel particularly skilled at working with spandex. However, I have been dabbling with it for about a year now, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way.

Mindy05final - Copy My Kotobukiya Rogue bodysuit consists of both moleskin and milliskin fabric. Bodysuit made by Meredith Placko. Photo by Aperture Ashley.


First up, let’s talk terminology. Spandex (or elastine outside of North America) is a synthetic fabric known for its exceptional stretchiness. Many knit…

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Spandex 101: Fabric Prep, Patterns and Basic Modifications

Check out these blog from the Geeky Seamstress – all you ever wanted to know regarding sewing cool spandex and lycra exercise wear.

The Geeky Seamstress

Marvel Now! Rogue, made with moleskin and milliskin spandex. Photo by Superhero Photos. Marvel Now! Rogue, made with moleskin and milliskin spandex. Photo by Superhero Photos.

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Spandex 101 series! If you need a refresher on part 1, you can view that here.

Thank you so much for your feedback on the last post! I knew a lot of you wanted to know more about spandex, but the collective response totally blew me away. Again, if you have specific requests for topics, feel free to ask!

Today, I’m going to talk a little bit a bout pretreating your fabric, my go-to patterns, and  basic modifications. I had hoped to include basic techniques as well, but this post is hefty enough as is. Next week!

15281524541_c9ef3b0544_oSailor Jupiter. The base of the fuku is made from white moleskin and attached directly to the skirt base. Photo by Aperture Ashley.

Pretreating Spandex and You:…

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Advanced pattern cutting…

Diy lycra pants.

Janey's Blog

The PSD lot today were firstly taught how to manipulate a regular t-shirt block pattern to become a raglan sleeved t-shirt. We also manipulated a standard legging pattern so that there was a gusset, no centre back seam, and an inner leg seam that curved around to the back of the leg. This afternoon I made a quick toile out of lycra. (it was not required to finish the waistline and hem properly)

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What’s your sports style?

Lexi raises some interesting points here – is there space for a gothic or other fashion sense. I think so – with so many people making their own lycra / workout wear and with printable lycra being easy to come by – there has to be others who want a different look – how about fit and fat or gothic… get in touch if you workout in lycra and mash up different genres of clothing for fun!

Combining my favourite hobbies – finished Espresso leggings

Thanks Make Sew Do – these Lycra Capri’s look great and are practical to workout out or lounge about in between seasons!

Make, sew, do

This post is going to go some way to explaining my intermittent presence on this blog over the last few months.

Those of you who sew will understand how it can be so completely all consuming – you spend all your free time (that you can get away with without neglecting the other half too much) sewing, and your un-free time thinking about sewing.

IMG_6479 Nothing like starting a post with a nice arse shot…

So, I recently started playing roller derby, which, as it turns out, is just as all consuming as sewing! If you don’t know much about it, roller derby is essentially a contact sport on roller skates, and it is SO MUCH FUN! I first came across it when I saw the film Whip It a few months ago (if you haven’t seen it, go watch it!), and I joined a beginners’ course run by Oxford Roller Derby about…

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Swimsuit Buyers Guide – Men’s Swimwear Styles

Perhaps you need a new swimsuit – check these suggestions out, whether you like the traditional ‘speedo’ variety, or the swim bike pants called ‘jammmers’. The only thing missing is the traditional men’s one piece swim suit, which is great for those guys who don’t have a 6 pack or have scars or burns on their abdomen. I can’t seem to find many men’s one piece swim suits, email me at lycraluva at gmail dot com if you do come across any. Thanks in advance LL.

ProSwimwear Blog

When it comes to buying a swimming costume there are many factors to consider. What will you be using your new swimsuit for? Will it be used once a day, once a week, or more like once a month? Do you need it for leisure swimming, training/fitness or racing? And then there’s the vast amount of different styles, colours and swimwear materials to choose from, it can all be a little overwhelming. But don’t fear, ProSwimwear is here to help explain the ins and outs of buying swimwear. These guides will help you figure out what sort of swimsuit to purchase for your needs.

jammers-leisureSo lets start with men’s swimwear. Nowadays men are not constricted to wearing traditional “Speedo” style swim briefs at the pool, there are many different swimwear styles to choose from that apply to a range of different purposes.

Swim Jammers are tightly fitting knee length swim…

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Competitive Swimwear Innovations – Flashes Of Colour With Jaked

Great technology behind this pro swimwear range. I’d be interested to know if anyone has tried it out in the field!

ProSwimwear Blog

“…I absolutely love it! The compression is perfect for racing in, but better than that I really stand out poolside. It’s different to any other suit I have seen and the colours are just amazing.” – Celia, ProSwimwear Customer (15/08/14)

Professional swimwear brand Jaked are responsible for one of the fastest racing bodysuits ever created, the suit was subsequently banned after new FINA regulations in 2010 but Jaked have kept up with the times and continue to innovate and push boundaries in the professional swimwear market. blog-04

The Jaked J-Katana competition swimsuit was released in 2013 causing a stir in the professional swimming community. These new racing swimsuits were not only available in a variety of bold and striking colours but also shimmered and sparkled in the water. This was all thanks to high tenacity multi-coloured woven yarns used to make the suits. The effect was that of an iridescent or…

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