Monday, 24 November 2014

Mermaid scale fun run

I set a goal to do a 10K fun run. But part of the fun - other than training and eating well - I wondered, I'd love to look like I'm having fun on the day. Hence my mermaid scale print kit using Funkifabrics.

My starting point was Jalie 3247 shorts - with a difference.

I wanted to look 'fast' (LOL) so I cut a curve and used the mermaid scale print on the lower leg.

The Jalie shorts length was ok but I needed another 2" of length to guard against chafing.  I use the test version when I train on the treadmill. For some reason, they're ok in the gym.
The test version showed me these shorts were 'short' at the top and at the leg. So I extended the leg length by 2".

The curves on the shorts were now where I wanted them. Then I tested these shorts at a boot camp session during the week to make sure there was no pulling/gaping/mishaps 'while in use'. No problems.

Then the next issue was - what top pattern do I use? A top that I can pin on my racing bid was needed so I used View C with New Look 6160.
From the size chart my test version was size 14. 14 is a comfy summer version but too big at the shoulders and at the bust for what I needed.
Left to right: test vesion, Funki Fabrics blue fish scale print, retro print with bling shoulder feature
The test version on the left confirmed where the shoulder adjustment could be made (on the front seam of the yolk) and how much I need to take out. This pattern has a centre back seam so this is ideal for sway back adjustments.

So I recut this top again in a 10 across the bust and 12 at the waist and hips. I lowered the hem by 1.5cm. And I'm glad I did so you can't see my tum when I raise my arms:)
this running kit worked pretty well on the day.

The legs kept rolling up at times so after the race I contact Susan of www.measuretwicecutonce.com.au and she suggested adding a cuff.
Front view

back view

Inside view
Of course I wore these again at a 6am boot camp class and the cuff worked. Thank you Susan for your suggestion. Now to test these on a leisurely 10km training run.


Thank you Funki fabrics for this mermaid scale print.

About the fabrics 
Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 
  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective
Read Susan's activewear post if you want the knowledge of a sewing industry expert on activewear sewing.

Dear Jalie patterns. My niece, her Mum and I love Jalie 3247. My niece wore her Jalie pieces on the weekend and was really happy with them. The fabrics and styles of each set blew them away.
Thank you so much. 

18 comments:

Sue Kenny said...

Fun set - well done - running is a skill I am yet to master!

beajay said...

Fabo. Love that fish scale print in particular. It actually looks textured. Lovely. 10K fun run - now that is an oxymoron if ever I heard one.....!

kbenco said...

I like your running set. I will be trying the cuff treatment too, thanks for the tip.

Margo Bergman said...

Congrats on the 10 km run! You looked great in your new running kit!!

Amanda Adams said...

Check you and your mad running and mermaid skills out! :D

Kyle said...

What an awesome outfit!!! (Hey, you saw Deepika's post where the picture of you is on the walls at McCalls, right??)

Velosewer said...

It is a fun set. I'm not much of a runner so I felt putting the fun into it kept me amused.

Velosewer said...

he he.

Velosewer said...

I'm going to make the cuff feature again on the next version so I know it really, really works:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Margo.

Velosewer said...

"Mad" is the key word. :D

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kyle.
I saw that pic on the walls at McCalls. That really blew me away.

Vanessa said...

This is such a fantastic ensemble! I really like the fabric combo and that cuff is a stroke of genius. I've recently made some walking tights that need a little length and a cuff would be just the right solution. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Vanessa. I know you'll love using Susan's cuff suggestion.

Tomasa said...

You were definitely the most stylish runner that day!

poppykettle said...

They're pretty fabulous! All the best on your 10k run!

Allison C said...

Very cool exercise gear, I'm finding it is quite addictive to make. If you start slicing and dicing patterns then the options are endless and all the better if they make you look faster!

Joy said...

So, part of the fun of running is making new running clothes? Hehe. Very nice set! It does look fast :)

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