It’s pretty official. I am a runner. Not a good runner, not a fast runner, but I do run now on a semi-regular basis. This is something I never really expected to be, but now that I am one, I very much enjoy the title of Runner. It sounds all healthy and hip. In addition to being a runner, I am also pretty cheap. I have lamented in the past the cost of athletic wear. It’s expensive. But so cool and I really want it all. But it’s expensive. I’ve lucked out on a few occasions, and scored some really nice items second hand, or on a deep discount here and there. And then I’ve made a couple things myself, and I’m pretty darned proud of that. I have these running tights HERE, and a jacket HERE. And today, I get to show you some amazing running tights that put my others to shame. Except for the part where I have no plans to actually ever use them.
The pattern is the Cora Running Tight by Jalie. The folks at Jalie are pretty much athletic wear geniuses. After making my previous running tights, I knew I prefer running tights with a gusset, and different seaming. I went in a google search for a pattern that had both, and finally found the Cora. The pattern is absolutely fantastic and yields a great looking pair of tights that are equally functional.
The only thing I feel like the pattern is lacking is a decent phone pocket. It has a fun little pocket at the back, but it doesn’t hold much more than an ID and some Chap Stick. UPDATE 3/13/17!! I made a pair of the Cora out of the right fabric, with 4 way stretch. The pattern’s back pocket fit my smart phone, in its case even! So this pattern is pretty much perfect, pocket and all! See picture. Also, see picture for details on the incredible seam lines on these things, and the incredible job my coverstitch and I did on those seam lines. Good stuff.
Anyway, pocket. Or lack of. Or at least lack of cell phone pocket. Or rather, smart phone pocket, since smart phones tend to be larger than traditional cell phones and it’s possible I could fit a cell phone in that little back pocket, but I didn’t try because I don’t have a traditional cell phone, I have a smart phone. I decided to add a pocket. But I added it at a really dumb place, the upper front leg. I kind of thought it was a great place when I was sewing them. Super clever, so easy to access. But no, if you put a phone in there, smart or cell, your choice, chances are it will drive you crazy while running because it turns out you use your upper leg muscles a lot while running. And hard rectangular things pushing against those muscles as you run is a bit annoying. So, next time, no front upper leg pocket.
And there will be a next time on this pattern. 1)It is awesome and perfect and I even already have fabric for another pair, 2)I super screwed up this pair. Here’s a story. One day I was at Jo-Ann, in a hurry. As hurried as I was, I can’t leave that place without looking through their remnant racks because 50% off of the lowest price is too good to pass up. I quickly looked through what remnants they had and spied the amazing space-dyed performance athletic knit I have been eyeing for months. And the remnant was almost a full yard. I grabbed it, so excited to get long-longed-for fabric at a deep discount. Now, as I was cutting the pattern pieces out, I did notice that it didn’t seem like a true 4-way stretch. And the texture was a bit off, a bit thicker than I had expected. But it was so cheap! And I was already committed because I had already started cutting. As I moved through sewing it, I marveled at how easy it sewed up. So easy. It was like sewing with ponte fabric. I kept thinking this, but it wasn’t until I was almost done that it finally occurred to me that maybe, just maybe the fabric that sewed like ponte, felt like ponte, and stretched like ponte, was actually ponte and not performance athletic knit. I checked the label that had been literally sitting next to me in the trash the entire time, and guess what? Can you guess? Ponte. 2 way stretch. But by this point, I was more than half done and figured why not see it through.
After finishing, I had to kind of smash and smoosh my body into the tights, since they only stretch the one way. But it was enough to get them on eventually, even if achieving full range of motion kind of hurt just a little. And it was enough to know that I love these tights. Well, not these tights. These tights are actually really constricting and in just the short time I had them on for this incredible and flattering photo shoot, caused enough chaffing at one of the seam lines that I bled. Like, real blood. But the Cora Running Tights pattern? Love it! So good!
I have since picked up the space-dyed performance athletic knit that I had originally intended to use. And I was able to use a coupon, so I didn’t have to pay $20/yard, though it wasn’t quite the deal the ponte had been. It will become Cora tights, and hopefully soon, because I need to be able to do this without searing pain.
Also, this is my Lane Raglan hoodie I made last year. I love it the very most and wear it all.the.time. But I never blogged it, so now here it is.