Running shorts

Running Shorts

OriginalRunning Shorts

Running Shorts


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.

Running Shorts

Copy pair

Running Shorts

Thread detail

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!

Pocket drawn, tape around the edges.

Pocket drawn, tape around the edges.

Hole cut and fabric stuck to tape, more tape in place to hold zipper

Hole cut and fabric stuck to tape, more tape in place to hold zipper

Finished pocket.

Finished pocket.Β 

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!

Running shorts Front (check out the gusset!)

Running shorts Front (check out the gusset!)

Running shorts Back

Running shorts Back

I love the pattern – the little monsters just seem so friendly!

This pattern fitted into 50cm of lycra from FunkifabricsΒ 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!



29 Comments on “Running shorts”

  1. Very cute! Maybe I need a monster bum…not that I’m likely to run anywhere…

  2. Ann Webber says:

    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

  3. Thimberlina says:

    What crazy fabric! She’s going look cabin fab in them! I keep looking at their website and nearly ordering fabric! πŸ˜ƒ

    • 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 πŸ˜‰

  4. 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!

  5. sewbussted says:

    What a happy pair of running shorts!!!

  6. fabrickated says:

    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 πŸ˜€
      You should try making some Kate – incredibly easy, and very little fabric needed.

  7. Little monsters on the bum! What could be cuter? I’ll bet you’ll have lots of runners and passersby smiling. πŸ˜€

  8. mrsmole says:

    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 πŸ˜‚

  9. 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!

  10. Fadanista says:

    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!

  11. sew2pro says:

    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!

  12. jay says:

    Thanks for the zip tip. I love the monsters.

  13. Carolyn says:

    Monster butt! That is completely awesome πŸ™‚

  14. Eslam Yosef says:

    Nice! Why don’t you join network?!

    Here’s a link:

    Enjoy πŸ™‚

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