Good idea, poor execution

Some people don’t mind running in the rain, but I don’t really care for it; however, since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I can’t really avoid it (though I confess to spending a fair amount of time on the treadmill!). I have a rain jacket and a rain hat, but that means my legs get all wet, and it can be a tad unpleasant having wet quads. I made a rain skirt, so I wear that sometimes, but it twists around while I run. So, I figured, hey, I will create a rain dress/jacket for running! I am a genius! I got some great lightweight waterproof fabric from Rose City Textiles and sewed away. I even tricked it out with some reflective piping and a hidden credit card pocket. The dress/jacket turned out pretty much as I had envisioned, except it doesn’t fit properly! I made it too small, so I can’t move my arms around in it, so it won’t be practical for running. It fits like a dress, so I suppose I can wear it to a science fiction convention or something. I still think it is a good idea, but my poor spatial skills foiled me once again!

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15 Responses to Good idea, poor execution

  1. carolyn says:

    I love it so much. Just make it again. BIGGER. I mean what is the problem. DOH. Plus you can wear it for regular life right? just not running?

  2. Christy says:

    It is beautiful! And, that is all that matters, right? 🙂 Maybe you could just run with your arms straight down, knowing you look wonderful.

  3. freecia says:

    I could swear I’ve seen a skirt legging combo somewhere in the Asian fashion scene. Like a skort, but the legs are well, leggings. Perhaps that would also work to avoid getting a twisted up skirt?
    Could you modify it into a sleeveless version and just wear the usual rain jacket on top? It seems that would be better for ventilation. Or put in a very odd slashed armpit?

  4. yumeko says:

    could u add an extra stripe of cloth down the sides. maybe in something reflective?
    then it would make it slightly larger?

  5. Sarah says:

    It’s too bad it’s impractical for running in! It looks terribly cute. Couldn’t you wear it as a jacket or dress on drizzly days around town?

  6. Can you add a gusset in the underarm? It’s really cute!

  7. Aubry Z says:

    I say take off the sleeves! It’s a great jacket! I think I would get too hot running with the sleeves anyways. Maybe the sleeves could be kept as add ons with button and elasticy things to attach them to the body. Don’t scrap it though, I love that fabric!

  8. silvia says:

    I’m with Aubry, take off the sleeves and maybe make a gusset or insert a firm yet stretchy band around the armhole opening and reset the sleeve. It’s a shame since that jacket is freaking adorable.

  9. megan says:

    Umm, it’s stinking cute! And it looks to me like it fits. Plenty of room in the arms and back…don’t try it. You did good!

  10. Katie Jo says:

    Looks fabulous! Someone mentioned underarm gussets… perhaps breathable ones?

  11. Mickey says:

    Looks really cute, and another vote for a breathable underarm gusset. Great sewing skills, impressed on this end.


  12. Susan says:

    I love it! It’s like Star Trek Next Generation pajamas! (and I mean that in the best way, because I love Star Trek) Maybe you can cut off the arms and wear it for warm rainy days?

  13. Daisy says:

    I fifth the stretch underarm gusset idea. Look at Gansey sweaters if you want something to follow.

    Thank you for updating. I was going to sob if I saw the pink glittery shoes again.

  14. molly says:

    Perfect for an animecon, perhaps?

  15. I too live in the NW so I know the wet thigh syndrome. I was thinking what if you took the same fabric that you have in the yoke area(it looks like it might glow in the dark) and made a band (you would have to determine the width…maybe 2″) going down the top part of your arm it would give you extra inches throughout the entire arm, not just the armpit. You would have to remove the sleeve and enlarge the armhole but it just might work. You have to figure out how to make it work…it would be so nice to see pretty outer wear rather than the typical NW attire

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