Running shortsPosted: February 10, 2016 Filed under: Dressmaking, Exercise, How I..., Sew a running pocket, Shorts | Tags: Dressmaking, Exercise, How I..., Shorts 29 Comments
Some time ago Jess asked if I could copy a pair of running shorts in one of the FunkiFabrics patterned lycras. She wears shorts most of the year regardless of weather and these were apparently the most comfortable pair she had found.
I did make the pattern and trial pair before Christmas which were tried and declared a success.
They were made in the most basic way possible (no back pocket and little detail) but I did have some variegated Gutterman thread that I wanted to try out in the looper of the coverstitch machine so they got a tiny bit of interest down the front leg. The main reason for these shorts being chosen as ‘favourites’ was, I think, the crotch gusset which allows for much more freedom of movement than the basic leggings pattern that I have used. The side seam has also been moved slightly forward so I presume this is a position that is less likely to cause friction over a long run.
As I wanted to clear this project before starting the orange waistcoat/jacket, and I thought I could clear it in a couple of hours, I got stuck in and cut into the monster fabric which Jess had requested (and approved when she saw it at Christmas!). The only difference this time was that I was to put in the pocket and anchor all the seams so that they wouldn’t rub.
I have put these pockets in several pairs of leggings now – but not this particular style which was cut in one piece across the back, with another full piece behind it to make the pocket back. I had been sent this tape by Linda from Nice Dress, Thanks I made it! and was looking forward to trying it as a stabiliser in this process. As you can see from the photographs I started by drawing a rectangle with my beloved Frixion pen the size of the ‘hole’ I wanted the zipper to fit into. I then surrounded it with tape before cutting the fabric. Once cut it was easy to fold back the fabric onto the sticky tape and create a perfect hole to fit my pocket. I put another line of tape top and bottom to hold the zipper in place whilst I sewed it permanently. This process was a huge success, no wiggling from the fabric so the pocket was sewn in double quick time. Thanks Linda!
I used plain black lycra to back the pocket, and also on the elasticated waistband.
As you can see I used the triple step zig-zag to anchor the seams this time instead of the coverstitcher. I’m still a little uncertain that this was the right decision. Maybe it is just the black thread, which I decided was probably the best choice given the amount of colours inn this barmy pattern. Anyway, Jess will have to decide if these are OK – and I shouldn’t ever struggle to spot her coming in a group when she is racing in these!
I love the pattern – the little monsters just seem so friendly!
This pattern fitted into 50cm of lycra from Funkifabrics with a little left over which I can probably incorporate into another project.
If anyone wants the details of how I intend to alter my basic leggings pattern to make a pair for myself (I get horribly overheated when I ‘run’ so I want to be prepared for when it gets warmer) let me know, and whilst it wont be until after I do the orange garment I will be happy to email the information – or maybe do a blog post if there is a demand.
One less distraction for now!
Very cute! Maybe I need a monster bum…not that I’m likely to run anywhere…
What’s not to like about monsters on your butt!
I cannot wait to see them!!!. By the way, did you say you’d like to run this Friday am because I’m available now. Ann
They have been posted so she can wear them for a cross country event over the weekend. I would like to run Friday – see you at 9 am.
What crazy fabric! She’s going look cabin fab in them! I keep looking at their website and nearly ordering fabric! 😃
It’s addictive. I’m generally happy to buy mad prints for Jess but feel I need to improve somewhat before I could wear anything as daft as this! The zebras do get a run out from time to time though 😉
Well done to you – I’m terrified of really stretchy fabrics like that but love to wear them. I need to “woman up” and go for it!
I did use the overlocker on these but it really isn’t essential as long as you remember to use a stitch that will stretch with the fabric. Go for it Tanya – you won’t regret it!
What a happy pair of running shorts!!!
I normally run in shorts rather than clingy leggings but I do wish more RTW styles were in fun colours and prints like your little monsters – I would say 95% of running bottoms are uniformly black.
I get disgracefully overheated when I run but haven’t been brave enough to wear shorts yet. I think you need to have more ability than I currently display to wear something as reckless as these 😀
You should try making some Kate – incredibly easy, and very little fabric needed.
Little monsters on the bum! What could be cuter? I’ll bet you’ll have lots of runners and passersby smiling. 😀
Not me – but my daughter will be premiering these at a cross country event at Alexandra Palace this weekend (post permitting). They made me smile anyway, and the response here is positive so I hope she likes them.
I’m sure she will like them, they are adorable!
Love your pocket photos and using black thread in a 3 step zigzag is perfect! Wow…running with monsters on your butt sure would make the job easier and fun!
The tape made the pocket so much quicker. I will definitely be using that again!
I’m not sure it will be any easier running with monsters on your butt, but it should make new friends 😂
Glad you could put the Wonder Tape to good use! You are just popping those shorts out like nothing! I have seen the colourful fabrics for running shorts before in the stores, but they are usually the really, really expensive ones!
I LOVE that tape! Thanks so much for introducing me to it.
The fabric is pretty expensive but you don’t need loads for sportswear, and making is still less expensive than the more interesting ready to wear. Jess runs lots so makes good use of the things I make. Maybe this will be the season I am brave enough to wear shorts 😱
Ya I use long baggy pants… I’m not that brave!
What fun shorts – would almost make me take up running! I make exercise pants and have been wanting to put a pocket in the back for my phone so your tutorial is really timely and handy. Thank you!
(In a Star Wars manner) Use the tape Sue, use the tape.
Kudos Kim! The multi-coloured thread is a great idea. It really make them look like expensive running shop shorts and I love the monsters too. I personally am very happy to wear black when running – a throwback to the days when I was very slow and would rather nobody noticed me – but it’s still hard to find decent black bottoms with gussets that don’t result in camel toe!
Strava user Marianna?! I’m still at the hoping not to be noticed stage – but improving slowly (very slowly!). The variegated thread is gorgeous. I was concerned how it would behave in the coverstitch machine but it worked well. I agree, it makes the shorts look more expensive – a nice result since the trial pair were made from scraps leftover from a very wasteful client dress. Score!
Thanks for the zip tip. I love the monsters.
You’re welcome. It has really made fitting those style zippers so fast!
Monster butt! That is completely awesome 🙂
Thanks Carolyn. I can’t imagine what she will follow these with.
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