Running shirts; or, the neverending saga of the running shirt

I have been working for some time on achieving the perfect running shirt pattern. So far I have made at least a dozen running shirts, and none of them are perfect. It has gotten to the point where I am not quite sure what the perfect running shirt would even be, since it varies according to my mood or the weather.

What I do know is that I like a short little sleeve, and I don’t like a gaping neck. I like having extra room by my armpit so I can freely swing my arms and not get chafed in the pit. This is where the running shirt varies from a regular T-shirt. Now, in the striped example above, the sleeves were a little too big and fluttery, and the shirt just a smidge more slim than I like. Still, it’s very comfy for running.

So then I just made this flowery one. I like the fit quite a bit except once again the sleeves kind of wing out. Also, the armhole looks kind of huge, but the shirt itself is comfortable. I think the next modification will be to lower the neckline just a hair and try to de-wingify the sleeve. It’s a good thing I have a lot of wicking jersey knits in my stash.

It’s been several days now since the unknown assailant stung me on the trails. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but there is a large, red welt on my calf. It hurt like the dickens the first day, then it started itching like crazy. It still itches and is still hot and raised. It is gross, and it is not like my calf needs to look any bigger than it already is. A friend warned me to make sure it doesn’t get any larger; otherwise, it could be cellulitis or, I don’t know, a flesh-eating infection.

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13 Responses to Running shirts; or, the neverending saga of the running shirt

  1. Robin says:

    Yes, I think you should get your welt checked out. Go to Just Hungry to read about her encounter with a zombie insect bite – — Yikes.

    Perspective is an interesting thing. As I was looking at the first shirt I thought what tiny sleeves, then I read your description of big and fluttery sleeves.

  2. Arawa says:

    I do like the fit on the second one. It looks pretty perfect to me. You are pickier about your running shirts than I am. I am pickier about my shorts. Kudos for being able to contort yourself in order to take that last picture.

  3. carolyn says:

    I think you should class that bite up with a big dollup of calamine lotion.

  4. Lisa C says:

    Get the bite checked out…

  5. Seanna Lea says:

    I probably wouldn’t get the bite checked out, but I’m notorious for not going to the doctor even when it is a good idea.

    I haven’t done any running in months. I am trying to decide how to mentally get back into it. It feels like I don’t have the time at all (I haven’t gotten close to perfecting running with my dog, so that is still more an exercise in frustration than anything else).

  6. yumeko says:

    its a fab idea to be sewing ur perfect running shirt!
    i cant wait to see what else u come up with when u perfect ur pattern

    running tights?

  7. Alison says:

    Ouch! Maybe it was a yellow jacket?? I got bit by one and it hurt like crazy. It swelled up and looked like your welt does. It itched for a couple of weeks & drove me crazy. I hope you feel better!

  8. Alice McCain says:

    Looks like a spider bite. I have had a few lately. Watch for a spreading rash.

  9. Lydia says:

    I’d get the bite checked, too, although it does look like a spider bite.

    I like both shirts, but esp. the second one.

  10. lera says:

    Owie! Your leg makes ME hurt! I hope it heals quickly.

    I love your running shirts. Didn’t you make tights a few years ago? I seem to remember them, even though I didn’t run then. Do you have any tips?

  11. i have had spider bite and ant bite that hurt first and then itched and burned…. ant bites take forever to heal and stop burning/itching….

    i wonder what yours is…… you need some Japanese MUHI for the itch… way better than calamine…

  12. Nice shirts! And WOW that bite! I’m guessing it must be gone by now, but next time you might try Tiger Balm. I used to get mosquito bites like that…yes, really… big, welty, hot, nasty. If it was really bad I’d slather the tiger balm on (preferably the white kind) and wrap it with something. It really makes it going away so much faster. Plus makes it hard to scratch it. 😉

  13. Debbie says:

    Miracle salve from will work wonders on that bite.

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