I just couldn't help myself, I HAD to make more running clothes. I wore my original sports bra twice already for a couple runs and it is AWESOME! I used the same patterns as I did last time, Jalie 2563 (sports bra) and 2796 (running skirt) but tweaked them a bit. I'm on the fence with using and wearing polyester/spandex fabrics and zebra print for my regular wardrobe but I have a few pieces of it that found their way in my stash via the FabricMart mystery bundles (and the sassy zebra print is a cast-off from a friend, who coincidentally got it from a FabricMart bundle, too.) I combined Supplex and the poly/spandex to make these three sassy garments to sweat in.
In the summer I am ridiculously hot when I run. I've been wanting a running top with a built in bra... a serious compression bra that does its job (I've never found that in a RTW sports tops yet.) Jalie's sports bra 2563 in size U was a perfect fit for me last time so I simply added a lower bodice to it. I used a tank top I normally wear to trace off a pattern. I sewed on this fabric bit after I attached the elastic under the bust, but right before folding the elastic up. I then folded the elastic up and used a twin needle to finish it off. I could have easily made an entirely new tank to sew OVER the bra (much like RTW running tops I usually see) but I wanted the least amount of layers of material as possible for the nasty summer heat I will be contending with in a couple months.
I used a splash of fun mint green supplex to line the front of the bra. This stuff is so nice and comfy. I sort of see a shadow of the color coming through the top but I don't mind that at all. I made the lower bodice a smidge too long. I had already sewn the hem when I notice so I just added a few inches of elastic on the inside of the side seam to help for shirring. Shirring is quite nice I think... it helps hide any little imperfections.
I made a second racerback top with a pink poly/spandex and a red supplex. Another super useful top to wear. I lined the entire bra with the red material.
Here are the two tops just causally laying on the floor. The left image is right side out. The right photo are the tops inside out. You can see how I lined them with the supplex and where I attached the added lower bodice.
I've already taken this skirt for a run. It's pretty great. No tugging, no tightness, it stays in place and my keys stayed put in the deep side pockets. In this version of the Jalie (2796) skort I actually excluded the compression shorts meant to be underneath. So it's not a skort, just a skirt. I have several pairs of tights and compression shorts already and wanted to try a skirt over them (I always wear tights/shorts under regular running shorts... I find RTW shorts too short!) RTW running shorts can tug on my thighs some, this skirt felt invisible on me-- I had to actually reach down a few times to make sure it was still there and in place (it was.) And again, this is made from supplex and polyester/spandex.