I have this thing about cute, comfortable, modest workout clothes. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that everything meet that criteria. Sadly, many pieces of workout apparel seem to be designed for 6-foot-tall 12-year-old girls, meaning it’s not only unflattering on me, it often leaves my pieces parts exposed to the world.
Oh, I left out one other criterion: Cheap. Because, yes, there are beautiful, comfortable, fully-covered-up workout clothes out there, but they often are not a price I’m wiling to pay.
My latest obsession has been finding a suitable running skirt/skort. After checking out a variety of options at stores around town, I finally hit the web and found even more — but nothing that met all four items on my list. “Man, I wish I could just make one,” I groused to my husband.
Um, why couldn’t I? A search for “running skort pattern” led me to Jalie 2796. If you’re not familiar with Jalie, it’s a Canadian pattern company that makes a variety of patterns but is probably best known for it’s figure skating offerings. Many of the patterns are sized from little girls all the way up to full-figured women, which makes the price even more of a bargain.
The pattern got nice marks at Pattern Review, so I took the plunge and ordered it, then hunted down some cotton/Lycra fabric to make what I hoped would be a wearable muslin. The reviews I read mentioned adding length to the skirt for extra coverage, so I added 3 inches to each of the skirt panels. There are two waistband options and I went with the wider one, simply because I wanted to make sure I had enough coverage in the back.
I was fully prepared to make a different size for the waistband and the skirt and compression shorts but was pleasantly surprised to see that my measurements were in line with the Y for all pieces. I did deviate from the pattern by hemming the skirt panels before I attached them to the side panels. This was not the best move — my hem is not quite right on one side — and I will do it according to the directions the next time I make this.
Yes, the next time. I’ve already bought some more fabric — this time cute melon and sorbet wicking Lycra — to make two more skirts. I’m contemplating trying the bloomers instead of the compression shorts next time. I’m finding that the shorts tend to creep up a bit when I run, which annoys me. (It doesn’t happen so much when I’m on the elliptical machine, though.)
Overall, I think the skirt is super cute and flattering (even though I think I look something boxy and chunky in that picture), easy and quick to sew (definitely a plus) and something I can see making again and again.