Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More Running Gear!


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.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all the details about these patterns in this post and the previous one. This skirt has been on my to sew list for a while- for hiking and for rafting. I have a big trip coming up this summer that I am definitely going to make at least the skirt for- and maybe the bra too after your awesome review of it. I think, as you suggested, I will definitely lengthen the shorts. I've never used supplex before- does it dry pretty quickly?

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  2. Great! All of them. I think running is excellent for a nice body,especially now that summer is close, but i feel it like a punishment...haha! So, i just walk...but the results won't be the same. Anyway your sports gear is wonderful, and the built in bra tops are so comfy when you run.
    Kathy, i have a question for you regarding the disqus...I also put it yesterday in order to get rid of the spam comments, but my previous comments haven't been imported yet. I remember that nearly a month ago when i put disqus just for a try (i continued with blogger comment's form) my comments were instantly imported. What happened in your case?

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  3. They (and you) look great, Kathy! Glad the zebra print found its purpose in life. :)

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  4. Thanks, Heather! Might as well have crazy prints for exercise gear, it's fun.

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  5. I cannot say that running is pure joy during most of the time, that's for sure, but afterwards it makes the rest of my life feel so much nicer. I feel peppier and more clear-headed!



    When I changed to disquis (same reason, I had spam and was annoyed!) and it imported within a few minutes. There were several steps to complete the process. There was a button during the process that asked if i wanted to import my current comments to disquis... did you get that, too? I'm not a disquis expert, I wish I could troubleshoot better for you :) One annoying thing... when it did import comments, it didn't differentiate between comments and replies... it just listed all my replies as regular comments, making them a little silly because it looks like I just posted random comments on nothing.

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  6. Thanks, Megan! There's minimal activewear in the sewing blogosphere and I thought I'd share my experience. I would totally wear this stuff for hiking and rafting. I usually camp every year (except the past couple because I have a little guy-- maybe this year!) and I would want to have a whole bag of this stuff to wear. I originally got some supplex to make a bathing suit but I never got around to it. I've worn supplex garments only a few times, under layers and in the winter... so I can't say first hand on how fast it dries. I would imagine it's as fast or faster then good quality RTW activewear and bathingsuits.

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  7. These looks so, so good! I tweeted this around because I want others to see it's not just me who's crazy enough to sew running gear! :) I've got this Jalie bra pattern on my Wishlist now! I love the running skirt, too, though beware you don't make the side pieces with anything TOO stretchy - I did and my iPhone rotates sideways and really bounces when I run! Other versions with regular lycra/supplex are just fine but the Suziplex is a step too far.

    I think the zebra fabric is perfect for a running top, too. You seriously cannot get too loud in running gear! Sparkles, sequins foil, animal prints - the crazier, the better (and this is judging from the "omg where did you get those?" reactions from my 200-person running group!)

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  8. Ha! I think I was just reading your blog post about your disco running top at the same time :) Thank you!! Yes, the zebra print is a little too stretchy so I actually doubled the material on the side skirt panel (and why I lined the bra top with supplex). Thanks for tweeting this. I have been obsessed with sewing running gear in the past couple weeks, I have to force myself to stop with another pattern... plus I'm almost out of supplex now. But I want more!! And I might have to copy your disco top design :)

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  9. Thanks Kathy!! I need to get on this soon or before I know it, it will be a week before the trip and I'll be sewing in a panic. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I adjusted the pockets and turned it into a tennis skirt! Had a few problems w the shorts, so I finally made them about 2 sizes smaller and try fit like compression shorts now.

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  11. I've made this running skort four times and it is all I wear to run in anymore. Mine are going on two years and holding up great, though faded. When they do wear out I'll definitely be making more. I love your running tops - here in TX it is unbearably hot in the summer too so I run with a mesh tank top over my running bra --- and the skort. I love your tops!!

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  12. More great workout gear! I agree, it's nearly impossible to find sports tops with built in bras that actually compress. Good to know that the Jalie sports bra works so well. Oh, and that running skirt is so fun! Love the color and the zebra stripes.

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  13. Thanks, again! I think running tops with built in bras are meant for perfect and small busts... I've never been able to wear a store bought one. I've worn this skirt several times and I like it more then any shorts I've ever worn running. Running skirts are super expensive if you buy them and they never fit right, hurray for handmade!

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