Lightspeed Leggings


These leggings are specifically designed for active men, with a roomy front pouch, rear panel with optional zippered pocket, and elasticated waistband. The one-piece leg has no side seams to interrupt a crazy print, and your choice of biker short or full length means they can be worn all year round, even as base layers or underwear.

Beginner sewing skills are required for the basic shorts or leggings - some experience with sewing knits is expected. Intermediate sewing skills are required for the zipper pocket.

Note that this pattern requires stretch jersey fabric with good recovery - it is drafted with negative ease and intended to be very close fitting. The biker short hem ends 8 cm (3 in) above the knee.

1cm (3/8in) seam allowances are included except for the waistband edge, where a 4cm (1 1/2in) elastic allowance is included. A 2cm (3/4in) hem allowance is also included. I have also included diagrams showing how to make common fit adjustments to this pattern (in addition to my usual illustrated instructions!).

This pattern is designed and tested to print onto both A4 and US Letter paper, and uses 22 pages for the pattern. An A0 compatible "Print at Copy Shop" version is also included. All pattern files are layered, allowing you to print just the size(s) required.

Pattern features:

  • Layered pdfs (with separate sizes)
  • "Trimless" Print at Home pdf (compatible with A4 and US Letter)
  • Copy Shop pdf (compatible with A0 and 36in wide)
  • Projector-optimized pdf
  • Fully illustrated instructions
  • 6 sizes (see images for size chart)
  • Common Fit Adjustments guide


  • Full length leggings: 1.10m (1 1/4 yard) of 150cm (60in) wide lycra with at least 50% stretch in both directions.

  • Biker shorts: 80cm (7/8 yard) of 150cm (60in) wide lycra with at least 50% stretch in both directions.

  • Less than 1m of 2cm (3/4in) woven (aka “braided”) waistband elastic

  • 13-15cm (5-6in) plastic zipper and sewing machine zipper foot (for optional pocket)

  • 30cm (12in) of lightweight fusible interfacing approximately 2cm (1in) wide (for optional pocket)

  • Twin needle or coverstitch for elastic edges and hem

Activewear fabrics can be found at a multitude of online shops. I’ve compiled a global list at

I am a long-distance runner and also a sewist - I've long been disappointed by the quality and fit of exercise clothing available on the market, so I've been sewing my own for the past few years - even running seven full marathons in my own-sewn gear! All my digital sewing patterns have been road-tested by myself and a team of fellow fit sewists.

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Our patterns are for personal use only. No commercial use of the products made from this pattern or derivations thereof is allowed. So feel free to make them for yourself, friends, family, etc, but you can't sell products made from these patterns.

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