Monday, October 5, 2015

Jalie Cora Tights


I waited until cooler weather to finally order the new Jalie Cora tights pattern.  Running is NOT a priority for me in the summer because I melt and die just walking to the car in heat.  Now I'm back in the saddle this fall getting ready for a 8K with some major hills next month... then looking forward to a half marathon again next year, likely with one or two races between. *By "race" I mean that I sign up for a running event (i.e. ye olde half marathon, a 5K, 10K or whatever) and do MY best, not really"racing" with anyone else.  I think I've said it before, I am s.l.o.w. by most standards but I'm a hella lot faster then I used to be sitting on my couch about 70 lbs heavier then I am now.*



I sewed up a muslin to test the pattern to make sure I was doing it right before cutting up my good fabric.  I had to grade between sizes from waist to hip and needed to make sure I got all the puzzle pieces traced correctly to fit together.  I wanted a compression style pair of tights so I went down a size in my hip.  I cut a size X waist and a size Z hip (and leg, too).   I also added 1" (2.5 cm) to the lower leg length by slashing about mid calf.






I was pleasantly surprised by the height of the rise... it sits up high on my natural waist, it is not a low slung "casual wear" sort of legging.  Low rise=tugging and pulling and lack of comfort on runs.  I have a fuller thigh, have a fuller bum and my back side sits lower then the average gal and often will add width to these areas.  I did not here at all.  I think mostly because I am looking for compression tights and don't want to loosen things up.






The zebra print/butterfly wing print/whatever print is a (swimwear, likely) nylon spandex, non-wicking.  The black is a medium weight nylon spandex that is wicking.  The rosey purple solid is a New Balance wicking material.  All of it is 4 way stretch.  I've used that print fabric here and here, and the New Balance stuff (I've got a boatload of it in various colors) was used here, here, and here already-- that stuff is sooooo comfy but not the best for really cold weather running since it doesn't keep the heat in well.  The black material is a fairly recent acquisition, I got a lot of it since it was on sale.






The back pocket it nice and roomy for my keys. They stayed in nicely for a 5K I ran minutes before taking these pics. I don't carry a phone in my pocket but it will hold one for sure.  My favorite RTW leggings have a zipper on the back waist pocket... I would LOVE if it were zippered... hint, hint activewear pattern making gods... er, you know who you are :)  Zippers.  I like little zippers on my pockets.  And that little triangular crotch gusset... it's kinda great.  I feel like it provided more ease of movement and also (TMI here...) no c@mel toe!?   ***UPDATE:  Thank you everyone who has told me about Sewaholic's new leggings with the zipper!  I am a huge fan of her patterns, especially since they are drafted for a gal with a figure similar to mine!! But from what I've seen in the photos and the description of the pattern, they appear to not be ideal for my running.  But why, you say, they are so cute and sassy!  Well, they are drafted to sit well below the natural waist-- I cannot go out for an hour running session in the dead of winter with hip huggers-- they would not provide the coverage and security I expect from my technical running gear-- I can't be pulling my pants up ever few minutes!!  Also, I don't want to re-draft/alter the waist for a better fit after paying $16 for a pattern.  So if there is anyone out there who can disprove my theory on how the Sewaholics are inappropriate for high intensity activewear, please share.  Otherwise I'm steering away from her latest super cute loungewear line of clothes for running purposes.***  



I laid them out to show you another nice feature... the back waist sits HIGHER up.  This equals better butt coverage.  You can see how there is lots of room in the back for my fuller backside with simply grading up and NOT having  to add to the width of the thigh or back crotch.  Oh yeah, I also used the black fabric to line the waistband, wicking side touching my skin.  Plus I topstitched the seam of the crotch as well for added security of keeping it tightly sewn.  You can click to make that little front shot bigger to see the topstitching... I felt a little weird blowing it up huge on my blog.


Like I said, I did run in these.  They stayed put the whole time.  I was annoyed with that black shirt, a RTW one, because it's not quite the right fit on me like my handmade shirt are,  So there you go.  A thick-thighed girl reviewed the Jalie Cora tights... I had not seen anyone with similar dimensions talk about how they sewed these up.  I'm on a Jalie kick at the moment, I just got in the mail an envelope a half zip shirt pattern from them.  More sewing activewear=more motivations to go out and run!

27 comments:

  1. These look really great. Love your fabric choices.

    I have started a pair of the short version of these, but I have had to add a 10 cm strip to the sides, as they were too compressive for me. I still had to add height at the back for bum coverage too. :( This mucking about means that they have been sitting in my sewing room unfinished for quite a while now. It seems I am the only one though as everybody else seems to be getting a good fit from the pattern.

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    1. Thanks!! I think if I wanted less compression I would have to alter them with added leg and butt width, so I don't think it's too odd that you had to add some extra material. Now I wish they'd lift my backside up a few cm's!!

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  2. Love these!!! I love the prints you put together. Isn't the pocket awesome??

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! Yeah, the pocket does the job for me... but I was reaching back every few mins to see if my keys were still there on my trial run with these

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  3. These are great, I like all the fabrics you used!

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  4. Fabulous! I'm a pear shape ( yeay pear shapes! We are voluptuouso!) yet with so many curves I can be a challenge in all sorts of ways from "Wow you look sexy girl" to Oh, no no that beautiful print is all wrong for you!" Anyway , you have got all the prints and solids and brights in all the right places and you look wonderful, congrats!

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    1. Thanks!! Yes, I know the woahs of the thick thighed life! I have to tip toe a fine line because I love to have crazy prints and colors for my running clothes.

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  5. You have sold me on the benefits of this pattern and thanks for the fitting tips. Love your fabric combo and best wishes on the race. People don't realize how hilly Baltimore is until they start biking or running those hills.

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah, Baltimore is chocked full of some serious hills. I go through a articular park with a multitude of them. But if you go near downtown or the waterfront, it's basically flat.

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  6. The new Sewaholic legging pattern has the back zip pocket. I have no idea whether the pattern is good, but I did think it was cool that that detail was included.

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    1. Yes, I saw the Sewaholic ones have the zipper. But unfortunately from what I see from the pictures and pattern description is that those leggings are not really meant for true vigorous activity... they have a low rise which is not at all okay for most active stuff-- it would be terrifying to go on a 1.5 hr run with hip huggers!! But they are probably a-ok for lounge wear or casual wear I'd think. I've been debating whether or not to spring for that pattern, but knowing I have to re-work it makes me way less likely. Aesthetically her new line is really really great looking... but likely only good for light activity for short periods of time or just casual wear. I'd LOVE to see reviews of them from others to see how they work for them!!

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  7. Fantastic! I love your combination of fabrics, and the fit is just perfect. Wonderful work!

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  8. These look great! I love your mix of fabrics too. I really need to push these higher up on my sewing queue!

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  9. I'll bet you are clever enough to figure out how to add a zipper to that back pocket (and when you do, you'll kindly post the tutorial...right??). The one thing that had been keeping from buying this one was the way the color blocking looked across the bum. I'm ..ahem..wider in that area and don't really want to call attention to the fact. So, brilliant! Use the same fabric for both pieces! (Wondering about that half-zip Jalie pattern...the only one I see is out of print...)

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    1. I might work up a zipper pocket, it would be fairly easy :) And I actually ordered the Jalie half zip #2682... or is there another one? I got mine on etsy from https://www.etsy.com/shop/BonniesPatternShop. That's the one I'm about to trace off today!

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    2. Oh wow - I didn't realize there was a half zip option in that pattern since it is only described as a "v-neck top" pattern. Cool...I'll be watching for a review or post about it. (2212 is the one I saw that is a "t-shirt and half-zip fleece pullover" pattern that is out of print but available in PDF)

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  10. Someday I will sew some new gym gear up for myself. Until then I am just going to admire yours. Jealous!

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  11. I like your fabric combo. Thanks for making these as compression tights. I agree about zippers in pockets - so handy!

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  12. Sew ahold has just bought out an activewear collection including a zip pocket in their leggings... Was planning on trying some of their new styles ... Once I have worked through a few more things on my to do list of course 😄

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    1. Sewaholic - stupid autocorrect function

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  13. Great leggings! I like the rise on the yoga pants too, (3022) - plus they have great seaming. These leggings look awesome to run in. The pocket is a great design point. I'm not a runner, but with a thicker lower half, I enjoy reading reviews like yours :D

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  14. Great leggings! Your fabric choices are fantastic. Where did the black wicking stuff come from? I made some running leggings with some crazy seam lines a bit like the fehr trade ones and put a zipper in the back, it worked out surprisingly well because it turns out you don't really notice if a bit of your waistband isn't stretchy, particularly in the CB. So glad these are winners, it's so hard to tell one leggings pattern from another based on the line drawings, but some are certainly better than others for running!

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  15. Kathy, you are my active-wear inspiration! Whenever I want to make something, I check to see if you have made it first (typically you have!!) and then I know what adjustments to consider making! Pear shapes RULE! :)

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  16. I like how I googled 'thighs, cora' and I came up with your review. I was wondering how these did with fuller thighs. I may regret not sizing down with my very stretchy fabric. But, luckily, I need three more pairs of tights!

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