Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Fehr Trade Duatholons & XYT Top: My Maryland Flag Half Marathon Running Gear
Last month I completed my very first half marathon! And who is surprised that I made my own very special Maryland flag themed running gear?! I've been dying to get my hands on some Maryland flag printed activewear material for maybe two years now. Nobody sells it. So I had it custom made. I ordered one yard from Spoonflower and printed it on their Performance Pique. I've had swatches for sometime and wasn't thrilled with this material because it is NOT a 4-way stretch. It has a 50% stretch widthwise only. I'm puzzled why they don't offer a multi-directional stretch in their activewear fabrics, it's just not suitable for most of what I sew for running. BUT I did find a way to use and and really like it. It's not critical that running tops like this have a vertical stretch, however it does change the overall length of the top, making it a tad shorter when worn. I used my my TNT pattern from Fehr Trade, it's her XYT Top. I've made a pile of them and wear them all the time, you can see them here, a dress version here, another top here, and a couple more here. There may be more, I forget at this point! The previous entries explain my sizing and alterations.
I really, really, really wanted to incorporate the flags on a pair of full length tights. Since it was likely going to be a cooler morning in Buffalo the morning of my half marathon, I wanted length on those. So I whipped out another Fehr Trade pattern, her Duatholons. I've only made two pairs before somehow, blogged here. Sizing and alterations for me are listed there. But I did alter them a bit further here. They are drawn up to be capris or shorts so I simply added the length. I also reduced the width of the thigh from my previous pairs I made-- I wanted these to be a tighter fit on top creating more of a compression pair of leggings. Having the printed Spoonflower fabric only on the side panels did not compromise free movement of my legs as I ran-- the black 4-way stretch stuff let me move easily.
My white mesh is a nylon/spandex from my stash. The black for the tights and top's binding is a nylon/spandex from Spandex World... and holy cow I cannot recall which one it is at the moment (I will update this when I figure it out). It's a heavier weight and quite nice. UPDATE: The black material is this stuff here!
As for those solid color bits on the side panels, one side is red and the other yellow. That stuff is a super soft 4-way poly/spandex New Balance material-- I've used it a bunch including on these tops here. Dang, I got the Maryland colors down!!! Oh, if you didn't get it by now, I live in Maryland.
The red is slightly more pink-ish in the printed fabric and the black is a bit dull. If I stood next to a Maryland flag with the true shades of red, yellow and black, you'd really see the difference. And I do have one on a flag pole but I don't think it necessary to get that knit picky here.
Will I run a half marathon again? Likely! Will I sew more running clothes? Duhhhhh, yes. But I've reduced my distance and frequency at this point. It's been dirty hot and humid way too much, that's just how it is here in summer. It's back to the woods for shorter distance trail running for me this summer.