Pins To Kill Leggings: Why You Need Them

Pins To Kill leggings- great for cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance

The hip new activewear you need to own. Read about Pins To Kill leggings and find out what the hype is all about.

Pins To Kill Leggings: Limited Edition Lemons

What with all the hype about Pins To Kill leggings? It’s a new company out of Melbourne Australia. Their mission is to inspire women to chase their dreams, and clients are called “Dream Chasers”.

Design Custom Leggings at Pins To Kill
Customizeable text option for custom leggings at Pins To Kill. Team logos look great too!

At Pins To Kill you can shop from their designs, which are limited edition and pre-ordered twice a month.

There’s an upload your own design option which can be an accent or tiled, and one or both legs can be customized.

Or, choose a color combo and add text to the leg or inner waistband. You can even pick shiny or matte fabric.

Pins To Kill Leggings

I was contacted by Pins To Kill to provide an honest review on these leggings. I agreed for 2 reasons. They are at the higher end of pricing at $89+, and they are kind of exclusive. A higher price point often means a more quality garment and ethical manufacturing, which is a big deal to many of us who sew and understand production cost. And anything exclusive…I want it. Let’s just keep it real- yes, send me the fancy pants.

Pins To Kill leggings
Cool packaging, Pins To Kill.

As a sewist, I’m definitely more picky about clothing than your average consumer. I’ve turned down many product reviews for clothing; or scared them off by letting companies know I’m ruthless about fit, material, and construction. If me inspecting seams like the police doesnt worry  you: let’s do this. And maybe if these Pins To Kill leggings can hold up while mountain climbing, then they can survive kids.

Pins To Kill Leggings

Our cheerleading squad lives in leggings; from school to practice, and loungewear to bed. I tend to buy my daughter name brands for sports leggings, or sew them myself with high quality fabric. Either option costs from $40-$80, depending on retail sales, or fabric price and shipping. I can’t afford to replace the cheap ones all the time.

I feel that nicer quality is less expensive than replacing the cheaper activewear constantly, at least for older kids and adults. (Moms of small ones, you’re in a different boat. Know that one day, your child’s clothing will fit for more than 6 months.)

Lycra has enough stretch that leggings will survive growth spurts. Its moisture wicking and stain resistant, unlike t-shirts. That’s why I want the best price for a tee shirt, but the best quality for athliesure wear.

Pins To Kill: The hot new sports leggings you need right now.

So what’s all the hype about Pins To Kill? You may have seen these leggings on celebrities and extreme sportsers and athletes. They are especially popular with surfers, ballerinas, and rock climbers. Travelistas love printing leggings with their destination photos too.

Pins To Kill Leggings

Pins To Kill leggings- great for cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance


Let’s talk construction. They are made with a 3-thread coverstitch throughout. Triple reinforced seams are major plus. I did the rip test. You know the one, where you check if the seams are loose or thread is showing in the butt-ox. The inseam is nice and secure, no fear.

Pins To Kill leggings


The fabric has excellent four way stretch and is opaque. The rip test mentioned above includes a mandatory sheerness evaluation. If the wearer must consider the color of underwear before putting them on, it’s a no. Pins To Kill passes that test as well. However, the fabric isn’t as thick as some Lycra I’ve worked with, and it’s more lightweight than Nike or UnderArmour. *Pins are now available in heavier weight sports Lycra for only $5 more! Yay.

Pins To Kill leggings: Why you need them now.

The waist elastic is black to match the coverstitching. It’s not bulky and has lots of stretch, but not as soft as lingerie elastic. How fun that you can print a customized message inside the waistband! And how do they do that?!

Pins To Kill leggings

Fit and Sizing

If you are blessed in the calves, rear, or thighs you will want to size up. Curvy girls should use the size chart based on their most hip measurement, rather than the waist. If you are in between sizes, go up. You might want to go up a size just if you’re American, we have this vanity sizing here and it’s a lie. The P2K size chart is accurate and the fit is slim.

Pins To Kill leggings

Too bad I didn’t consult the measuring tape before I chose my daughters size- I was off by 2″. This is particularly embarrassing because I sew, and know to measure fairly often. Mom fail.

Kira saved the day by modeling this pair, and is now the proud owner the coveted lemon pants. My kid isn’t suffering for spandex, but she did ask if I’d buy her a pair of Pins To Kill leggings the next time the need arises, “BecauseTheyreSuperAwesomeAndIReallyLoveThem.” Which brings us to the real question.

Pins To Kill leggings

Would I Buy Them After Trying A Free Pair?

Yup. I definitely will. They are well made enough to  survive constant wear and like 3+ trips a week through the washing machine. I’ll order up a size for the next pair, and choose a dark color because my child attracts dirt. She can design them any way she likes with the Design Now feature.

Well, almost any way she likes. We’ve been having way too much fun together, designing pretend leggings with snarky text. We even tiled some with really embarrassing photos. That’s not going to happen in real life, but it was hilarious.

Pins To Kill provided me with leggings to review for this post. Check them out!





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Sew Fashionable 04/11/16

Interesting tidbits on sewing and fashion from across the blogosphere this week!

Gold and torquise glitter nails

Can you believe I have nothing to show you?! I couldn’t find motivation to sew anything this week. Here’s a fun fact though. My sister in law is a nail tech, and she uses me like a Guinea pig. I get to try out all the crazy nail designs…and post them on Instagram. I have a cool, sewing inspired manicure to show you soon- you’ll love it.

Let’s see what everyone else is up to!

Sew Fashionable: Weekly Series at SewsNBows







  • All about batik from So-Sew-Easy.


  • South American inspired girls Adeline dress from Max California




Have a great week!

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Bohemian Fabric Collection

Bohemian Fabric Collection by Amy Mayen

The Bohemian Fabric Collection by Amy Mayen

Inspired by textile arts like blanket weaving and macrame, mixed media art and dying techniques.

The Bohemian Fabric Collection, fabric designed by Amy Mayen

Have you seen my design profile page at MyFabricDesigns?  I have lots of bohemian fabric prints, but today I’m showcasing four of my favorites.

I’ve been influenced lately by everything from home decor to lost civilizations. I realize that none of these prints exactly match, but I do think they clash brilliantly. I hope I can claim cohesive messiness;)

Bohemian Fabric Collection

Serape by Amy am ayen, The Bohemian Fabric Collection

Serape (above) is my rendering of a hand woven Mexican blanket. I then created an effect, like when you run a dry brush through oil paint. This design is the mother of several other prints in my collection.

Kaleidoscope by Amy Mayen, part of the Bohemian Collection

Kaleidoscope was inspired by encaustic painting; or pigmented wax applied to canvas or wood. This is a drip and splatter pattern, but there are also melting and shaping techniques. I pulled, stretched, and mirrored the design until I found a rhythm I liked.

Kaleidoscope by Amy Mayen; The Bohemian Fabric CollectionHere’s a digital image of one 60″ yard, to give you an idea of scale for garments.

Several of my designs in this collection aren’t truly seamless, even though MyFabricDesigns has a seamless pattern creator tool. I liked the visual breaks, so I kept them.

Manta Tejida by Amy Mayen, The Bohemian Fabric Collection

This is Manta Tejida . It’s my serape print meets Morrocan overdyed rugs. Have you seen those? It’s a re-worked vintage rug, distressed and then saturated in bright dye. They are stunning!

Gypsy Curtain by Amy Mayen, part of the Bohemian Fabric Collection

Gypsy Curtain began as a beaded macrame curtain on an old caravan. At least in my mind. It’s really fun when handmade elements meet digital processes, although I find the end product becomes something abstract and hard to define.

Bohemian Fabric Collection by Amy Mayen

The fabric is photographed in performance knit, but these prints are available in 26 different types of fabric.

The performance knit is 100% polyester. I think polyester gets a bad rap…I was a bit biased against it just because the word makes me think of the thick, itchy 70’s poly. I liked the feel of it in my swatch, so I ordered it.

When I received my prints, I was unsure what to make at first. It has one way stretch but is much more stable than a jersey. It’s lightweight and smooth to the touch. It finally dawned on me the other night what the rest of these prints need to become…

Serape by Amy Mayen shown in performance knit from My Fabric Designs

Extreme closeup of the performance knit…

I was going to tell you what I’m planning, but maybe it would be fun to guess. What would you make with this  fabric?

Click the image to shop My Fabric Designs.

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Sew Fashionable 04/04/16

Interesting tidbits on sewing and fashion across the blogosphere this week!

Custom pageant hair bow by SewsNBows

This week I made some custom pageant bows, sewed a little, and visited family over the weekend. It’s tractor season again so I get to spend a couple hours each day keeping this place from turning into a giant forest/jungle.

Let’s see what’s happening everywhere else.

Sew Fashionable: Weekly Series at SewsNBows

This sexy Charlston dress from In A Matter Of Speaking.

I found a place to buy Polish bras here in the U.S. No more waiting a month for your bra, and there’s an easy return policy if you need a different size.

Julia Bobbin’s Lady Danger gown, stunning!

A Watson bra and brief set from Sew Anemone

Emma, who is not a sewist or crafter, tries all the clothing DIYs she’s seen on Pinterest.

I need this kimono at SewManju

Katie made the Melilot, a new pattern from Deer and Doe.

Helen’s robe is so pretty I’d wear it out.

Helena’s chambray and chiffon top.

A jersey knit and lace Boylston bra by Anna-Zoe.

Emi made the most adorable girls dress with Michael Miller fabric.

Camille sewed a Lupin Jacket– check out the lining!

Badass self drafted yoga leggings at The Last Stitch.

Things Sewers Care About That Nobody Else Does by Megan Nielson.

This bespoke corset will knock you over.

See Andreia’s Picasso inspired line drawings…with fabric.

I wanna copy Shirley’s awesome maxi dress.

Have a great week!

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Bra Making Blogs & Resources

I’ve been keeping a list of bra making blogs- I wished for this resource when I became interested in sewing lingerie. If you sew lingerie or make bras, or if you’re considering trying; this list is for you.

The Ultimate List Of Bra-Making Blogs! Find the blogs and resources for bra making such as forums and hashtags! ,

Bra Making Blogs

  • The Merckwaerdigh Blog is chalk full of tips and tutorials for bra making, including some of the more advanced stuff. Margaret also sells extremely cleverly designed bra patterns and bra making kits in her Etsy shop. (Her patterns don’t leave out the larger sizes, either.)
  • Emerald Erin sews beautiful bras, lingerie, and swimwear. She also hosts the Bra-A-Week Challenge, and showcases everyone’s lovely makes. I’ve found many of the blogs on this list from her site!
  • Amy from ClothHabit is a blog you’re probably familiar with. She’s the designer of the Watson Bra, and hosted the Watson Sew Along  and the Bra Making Sew Along. Those series alone will give you much of the foundation you need to make well fitting bras.
  • Madalynne sews beautiful, amazing things. The photography will inspire you to sew lingerie! She hosts bra making and pattern drafting workshops, and sells custom lingerie in her shop.
  • The Curvy Sewing Collective has tons of bra and panty pattern reviews, as well as fitting tips. Boobs are like snowflakes: they are all so different that almost all of us will need to make adjustments to any pattern. CSS writes about all manner of women’s wear, so search for what your looking for, and be sure to check out the resource page.
  • Silver Lining Atelier is a fabulous resource. You’ll find bra and corset makes, pattern reviews, tips for sewing different types of fabric, and lots of sewing tips specific to bra making. I’ve found the posts about power bars to be particularly useful.
  • The Lingerie Addict is a must read blog for sewists and consumers of all things lingerie. The team reviews lingerie and bras from all over, and you’ll pick up lots of information about construction and fit. I believe at least two of the writers make corsets and lingerie as well.

Here are some bloggers that don’t sew lingerie exclusively, but have several bra makes under their belt. You may need to type bra or lingerie the search bar.








*Dont forget, almost every indie pattern designer has hashtags for their patterns!

Bra making took the Internet by storm the last couple years. I’m fashionably  late to the party; and I’m sure I’m missing some good resources. Please leave a comment or email me if you have a recommendation for a bra making blog, forum, or social media group. I don’t want to miss anyone!

I’d like to fill up my Pinterest and Instagram feeds with bra making blogs, so I’d love your links! Here’s my Pinterest board: Sewing Bras, Lingerie, & Swimwear.

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