Monday, August 19, 2013

Pants to Run In: Another My Image Pattern


I've moved onto cooler weather sewing, it's true.  I'm still wearing shorts, running skirts, tank tops, etc. for running but I want to get a few leggings ready to go when it's time.  This pair of pants accomplishes two things... first off, they are PANTS that I sewed and (for the most part) fit correctly!  I usually wear and sew skirts because I like how they look on my figure generally more often then pants-- also I've have problems with getting my handmade pants to fit correctly.  Knits are forgiving so I planned to make a pair like this to start on my "Winter of Sewing Pants That Fit".  Secondly, I have only one real pair of activewear leggings.  I plan to do more running in cooler weather (yesterday was a refreshing 70F/21C and I easily ran 6 1/4 miles/10K- with many major hills.  I'm working on my distance since my speed is sub-par.)

For the pattern I used My Image M1253B from the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 issue.  I used some navy blue fabric I got from my recent haul at a warehouse sale.  It's a really nice quality medium to heavy weight material, very likely a nylon/spandex (the fabric didn't have a fiber content label.)  I also used a black athletic mesh from the same sale.  Total fabric cost for these: about $1.50, you cannot beat that!  


The design lines on this pattern are pretty terrific.  I originally wanted to make View A but I didn't want to invest the time on the side panel if the pants didn't end up fitting.  These came together quickly with my serger, about an hour and a half at the machine including making some alterations to the size.  I would like some interesting design line on the back, right now it's plain without any piecing like in front.


I was nervous about making them too small so I cut a 42 and graded to a 46 at the hip/bum.  Big mistake, I should have made a 38 at the waist and graded to a 42 at the hips/bum.  They were massive at first-- but really I should have known this!  A good rule of thumb I follow (usually!!) is to go down about 2 sizes when using lycra/spandex fabrics for tight fitting activewear as the material has quite a bit of give.  After going in on the seams pretty dramatically I opted to exclude the waistband piece to encase my elastic.  


The rise of the pants were too long because I cut the wrong size.  I reduced the fabric on the waist by many inches.  I wanted a flat waist line as opposed to the bunched up one they use in the pattern.  Flat waistline=more comfort for movement.  I lined up the edge of my 1" elastic the raw edge of the inside of the waist and serged it on, folded it over- encasing the elastic with fabric- then used a twin needle to top-stitch. 

       
After wearing them for a few minutes to photograph them I think I need to alter the waistline down a little more.  They look like they lay closely and perfectly against the skin, but it doesn't have that nice snug feeling I need to keep them up while running.  I feel like I may be pulling them up constantly while I move.  But alas, that's not a huge problem as I can pick out a few stitches and remove a small bit of elastic.  

  
My Image patterns' Dutch to English translated directions are not easy to follow generally.  I am very happy to report that these directions were very easy to work with (besides the fact that they call the pant legs 'pipes'.)  I hope to make these again in the correct size to begin, and to possibly make View A in an everyday fabric for regular wear under tunics or shorter dresses this winter. 

13 comments:

  1. Very impressive- these really look good! Happy running!

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  2. Thanks, Megan! They are pretty dang close to perfect, I need to tighten up the waist and then I'll be really happy.

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  3. Very stylish looking running pants and the fit looks spot on.

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  4. Those are really good!

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  5. Aww what an awesome pattern!! And your new running pants look seriously swish!

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  6. You look so speedy! Those are really great running pants!

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  7. Love these! They do have a nice fit, and you definitely can't beat $1.50 for fabric to make a nice pair of running pants. Great job!

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  8. Thank you! I'm pretty happy with them overall!

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  9. Aww, gee, thank you!

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  10. Thanks, lady! I can't wait til it's a cooler temp outside so I can actually wear them.

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  11. Thanks! And I am not so speedy, but I do what I can :)

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  12. Thanks, Becca! Yeah, I'm pretty thrilled with the cost, I would have paid retail for this fabric, it's that nice.

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  13. Carolyn Brack-JacksonSeptember 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I love the running pants, and thanks for sharing the pattern company that I've never heard of! I'm a walker/runner and being full figured, athletic clothing is too costly. You've inspired me! Keep up the good work!

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