lovely lycra

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I’m sure you are as shocked as I am that I am blogging two days in a row! That hasn’t happened in years! Anyway, as promised, I did make some running shirts for myself with my new coverstitch machine and my serger (I used flatlock, hence the colored seams).
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I am thrilled to have the coverstitch machine, but I haven’t yet mastered it. I really wanted to use Woolly Nylon in the looper so that the stitch that is against my skin would be nice and soft. I haven’t been able to perfect the tension with the Woolly Nylon, though, so I have been forced to use regular serger thread in the looper, which results in a scratchy stitch. Not very practical.
With the green shirt in the top photo, I reversed the stitching in the neckline so the serged part is on the outside. I think that will be a good solution if I never figure out how to employ the Woolly Nylon, but for some reason it was awkward stitching the neckline that way, and the neckline wouldn’t lay flat.
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So, the first top I made was this one. I used some leftover fabric from a few years ago. This fabric is weird. It is pretty meshy, and yet it is weighty, so it’s a little hard to sew on. When I sweat, too, it kind of sticks to me. That’s not the best look.
The second top I made is the maroon one. While that pattern might be fine for a regular T-shirt, it’s not ideal for a running shirt, because the sleeves fit too well. I need a little more room around the arm for my vigorous arm swinging (okay, not really, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?). So, I adapted that pattern and created the one in the top photo. I wore that green shirt running the other day, and it was super comfy, and I was relatively pleased with myself until I got home, took off the shirt, and noticed sweat spots on the boobs. To make things worse, there was a sweat line underneath, so it looked like a smiley face of sweat. I think this issue may be resolved with the proper jogbra (a padded one from lululemon), but who knows.
So, I have some more running shirts to make, plus I do have to work on those PANTIES. I still hope to overcome my technical difficulties, but really, I am not very technical. If you have any suggestions out there, please feel free to share!

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10 Responses to lovely lycra

  1. Hey great job! I think the shirts look good! Keep it up. (^_^)v

  2. Ha, ha! You’re making me laugh out loud! Especially the first picture!

  3. Emma says:

    They look great! Although boobie sweat marks are a bit unfortunate… Good luck with your other running shirts!

  4. splatgirl says:

    That stuff looks fantastic!
    Argh about the boobie sweat, although I fear unfortunate crotch sweat much more. I hate that workout clothes can be such a mystery like that. You just never know when something will give you ugly sweat.
    As opposed to sexy hot babe sweat?
    But you get what I’m sayin.

  5. brit says:

    i’m totally inspired, I love the serger seams on the outside idea. I’m going to do it! First a trip to Rose City.

  6. megan says:

    i want to see panties using the pink comic book fabric!!

  7. Meg McG says:

    hi there, first time commenter!
    I saw on whipup.net links to a sewing pattern library that includes underwear, obviously I thought of you :)

  8. Lydia says:

    Good job! I especially like the tank.

  9. Jennifer says:

    They look great. Love the Super Hero action photos.

  10. SusieM says:

    M, The tops look great—I love the comic book fabric!

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