Thursday, June 20, 2013

Running Shirt from Burda 6/2013

I think most folks who saw these patterns in the June 2013 issue of Burda were more then bored or turned off with them... I on the other hand was excited to have a few more running clothes patterns in my collection.  There are a handful of activewear inspired patterns in here that are perfect for sweaty days running  here in Baltimore.  I've been working on my running and am working on my distance (I'm very slow, but that's a-ok!)  I was petrified of running up hills but now I'm fine with them!  I' am even *looking* at participating in the Baltimore Running Festival in October (the half marathon!)  But tonight I will be wearing this new color-block top (along with trying out my new CamelBak!) for a few miles around the neighborhood.  It's Burda 6/2013 #114.

This was a cinch to sew up.  After reading Melissa of Fehr Trade's review of this pattern I made a few adjustments.  She mentions how the neckline and sleeve openings are a not as wide open as she liked, I also like more room in the neck and sleeves.  I slightly opened the neck up and the sleeve openings, it's ok but next time I'd cut off even more in the pattern.

I made my normal Burda size 42 but graded to a 40 in the shoulder/neckline and a 44 below the waist.  I really like the overall fit!  The length is great as is, no extending the bodice like I often do with patterns to fit my 5'8" (1.75m) height.  I excluded the sleeves and made bands for the neck and sleeves openings instead.  I cut the strips 2.25" wide (5.2cm).

What I don't like: how I mis-measured the neck/sleeve openings, attached the binding and now they are a bit bunched up.  You can see the wrinkling in the neck the most.  I think I could do a swayback adjustment as well.  But, alas... not a major problems, this is still very wearable.  It's a very wearable muslin.

I love the side panels!  I need some fun printed technical fabric.  Here I used solid brown and a pretty peach supplex and it's super comfy.  I plan to make this top again.  And P.S. this is a 100% handmade running outfit.  I only wear these Jalie running skirts now, I have only three and need to make more.  Even the bra is handmade.  Now I'm off to try this shirt out on a run!
** Update:  I wore it for a run and it was fantastic!  I love the length, the fabric did it's wicking job and I didn't think about my shirt at all (this is exactly what I want in activewear: never to have to think or worry about it during any activities!)

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