Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jungle January!!! Jalie Cora Tights & Two Half Zip Tops


I've sewn up more running stuff for New Year's.  Surprised?!  But I made sure it was in keeping with the awesomeness of Jungle January.  This fabulous trio of Jalie things (the animal print tights, the animal print half zip and orange/black one as well) were all sewn up for my monthly Fabric Mart post found right here.   My two patterns are Jalie 2682 & 3462. I had most of the fabric in my stash already but if you're feeling saucy, they still actually have that print on their website in their Activewear category today.  I've nothing more to add here about the sewing of these fine wares, so go off and read the blog post over yonder if you want.

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    1. Thank, DAwn! I got that zip top pattern I think because I saw you had it and was major jealous :)

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  2. The half zip top is really cool! Are you planning on running any races anytime soon?

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Yes... I registered for a real, full on marathon. And I'm a little nervous about it all!!

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  3. I need to make me some of those half zip tops!! These outfits look great!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin!! Yeah, I kinda love these half zips. I want to make a Polartec fleece one but we'll see if I actually get to that any time soon.

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  4. Great active wear. I love 2682 as an active wear top - it is so versatile and RTW-looking.

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    1. Thanks, Sue!! Yeah, I love that it screams RTW, too.

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  5. Saw your new duds on the Fabric Mart Blog. Very nicely done! I run about the same size as you so I perked up when I read about your recent sewing project. I have both those Jolie patterns, but have been playing chicken with the Cora Leggings. Since you look just fab in these leggings, I'm hoping I will too. You've given me a courage boost today. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks!!! Yeah, I've been reaching for my Coras almost every run I've been doing in the past several weeks since making my first pair. I like they are compression.. keeping the more jiggly bits in order.

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  6. These look great! I have yet to sew activewear, but since it is what I wear at least part of the day 4 days a week, I should get cracking. Are these your favorite leggings pattern? I do Pilates, and all those seams might bother me while lying on a mat.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I wonder if all the seaming could irritate when doing Pilates?? That's a good point. I've not done Pilates before so I can't say. One pair of fun leggings that have only the inner leg seam-- Collete Manila leggings from her Seamwork magazine-- they have a cute ankle detail. If inner seams are a bother, maybe Fehr Trade's Steeplechase leggings might be good. I really like Papercut Ooh La Leggings, but they have seams right down the center front and back.

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  7. Thanks for sharing! You are inspiring me to sew some more activewear. I have a question though - do you prefer the Jalie half-sip or the Fehr Trade Surf to Summit Top? It seems the zipper would be easier to apply in the Jalie (I'm not really worried about though skill-wise), and I do really like the mits on the Fehr Trade, but other than that I am trying to decide between the two. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks!! I actually have never made the half zip version of the Fehr Trade Surf to Summit top. I've been wearing the non zip ones for over a year now during cold weather, they are my favorite cold weather top for running (I layer other stuff under and over it). The Jalie zip top is so easy to sew up, but I really needed those hand mitts added. The main difference for me functionally (for cold weather running) is that the Jalie neckline is not as closely fitting on the neck as Fehr Trade's S2S top is.
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      -Fehr Trade's is a slightly looser fit on the waist area, which is easier to fit on my figure. The mitts are there in the pattern. I've got the option to do half zip (but apparently am too lazy to make it) Visually, I can do fun colorblocking. It looks very RTW.
      -The jalie one, the zipper is easy to sew on. I love the neckline and it looks so RTW, too.

      Both have great directions, so it's hard to say which is better on that end.

      Functionally, I see myself layering the Fehr Trade non zip under the Jalie half zip is serious, throw down, it's so cold I am going to cry weather. I can see going up a size for the Jalie to make a Polartec fleece version.

      I feel like I'might not be helping, maybe I am??!!

      Another random thing... I've purchased my Jalie patterns on Etsy here https://www.etsy.com/shop/BonniesPatternShop
      She has the most economical shipping/price combo (in the US) I've found yet for Jalies.

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    2. Thank you! I think I'll start with the Fehr Trade for the closer neck and hand mitt option since I'm in MN and it's cold right now!

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  8. awesome! I've GOT to order some of these more recent jalie patterns, they all look great.

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    1. Thanks!! PS The best shipping prices I've found (at least for me in MD) is from https://www.etsy.com/shop/BonniesPatternShop. She is out of PA. Since it's impossible to find varying prices on the patterns, saving on shipping is pretty good!

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  9. Oooo! Love them! I have the hardest time finding great active wear fabric...

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  10. Do you sew your activewear with a sewing machine or serger? I have both, but I find that when I use my serger I can see stitches in the seam...even when tension is adjusted. I just bought the cora pattern from the place you mentioned above, and I'm going to buy some lovely knits from imagine gnats as soon as I can make a decision about which ones to get ;)

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