She has done it again! Melissa at Fehr Trade has designed another pattern for activewear/ workout/ running with the most amazing piecing to end up with the most wearable of running shorts- the Threshold Shorts.
I was thrilled to be a tester & it’s like Christmas when the new pattern arrives in your inbox. Opening up the files & printing out the pages comes with a tingle of excitement as the crazy shapes are revealed (“How is that going to fit with that piece there“?) . Whilst I wouldn’t ever dream of being able to predict what Melissa’s designs would be, you can rely on their being beautiful bold curves & the most clever fabric jigsaw puzzle (think the sweeping flashes in the PB Jam leggings, the different shaped backs of the XYT workout top, & then there was the VNA top with its clever piecing ).
The Threshold shorts are running shorts- you know- upper thigh length, elasticated waist, not skin tight (no negative ease in the shorts), with echoes of the traditional bound hems of ready to wear shorts (like the “Really good” runners wear !)
There are options. You can include front pockets & / or a back pocket, there is also a pattern included with instructions to make integral or stand alone RUNDERWEAR. Can I say that again, because it is the most comically correct meld of two words into the best sounding new word: Runderwear. Yes, Runderwear with a full or thong variety.
So the pattern delivers up all these things- running shorts that you would not feel out of place in running around the track (if you were so inclined). I am extremely happy wearing them for street running, or even off road running- they really do the job, whatever that might be for you.
Another thing about these shorts – the threshold shorts are designed for making out of woven fabric (except the runderwear which needs a good stretch – requirements are detailed in the pattern). The shorts can also be made using sports fabric such as this mock eyelet that I used – it does have some degree of 2 way stretch, is not suitable for leggings, & in the case of these shorts, the stretch does not come into play, but there is some drape going on (not all good in this particular pair I’ve sewn!) The advantage for me making these shorts in this fabric is that I could use my overlocker for a lot of the sewing
I wanted to show the different shapes in different colours, but was severely limited by what I had in my stash- mere remnants – hence the strange colour blocking with an orange rear & red front. At least I managed to get the contrast pockets which was my intention.
Anyway, I would normally make several pairs for testing, but was short of time & opted to make a pair of threshold shorts with all the options: pockets & runderwear. The advice is to make a plain pair first to check sizing, which is good advice, but time was not on my side.
But making these shorts up doesn’t take a huge amount of time even with the wonderful piecing. I would be very surprised & in a huge amount of awe for anyone who could sew these without referring to the instructions! OK, the steps might follow some degree of usual process for constructing pockets first before you sew side seams etc, but the many wonderful pieces obscure your usual vision for thinking you know what to do next (well it did for me anyway). I like that sometimes though, don’t you? I enjoy being led, instructed & shown something new & exciting. I always learn a lot sewing Fehr Trade patterns – there are always new techniques. For example, binding the hem. I used FOE (Fold Over Elastic) which I have used before, but getting the hems bound before sewing the side seams means some canny joins – I am afraid mine weren’t perfect, but since this is the first attempt (of many to come) I am not overly worried. However, as alluded to earlier, I didn’t quite get the FOE to fabric ratio correct considering the drape & slight stretch of the fabric so it’s a bit fluted.
Look at the curves. There are curved side pieces & a curved back yoke. And curved pockets of course.
The runderwear (I said it again!) was easy to construct & uses the burrito method for getting a professional gusset (hahaha- why is that funny?)- I used some remnants of wicking supplex. Yes, even runderwear can have pretty lace edges but Melissa notes in the variations section that you could keep the edges raw as in RTW runderwear. (btw all my overlocking shows that I didn’t use matching thread – any white showing is the looper threads). I attached my runderwear to the shorts – as in the instructions – but didn’t realise in my blind enthusiasm that this would limit access to the back pocket (der brain) – although it is possible to access the back pocket via your shorts leg ! (Probably something you’d only do in the company of very good friends). The front pockets here would not be very secure, but there is scope in the variations to add zips, velcro to overcome this.
I cannot wait to make my next pairs as I adore running shorts. OK you got me. I adore workout gear, but particularly anything that gets my legs out into the fresh air. I have bought some woven fabric for my next pair & have enough to be more in control of the colour blocking this time. I am not 100% sure about how the fabric will behave so will not link to it until I can say whether it’s a success or not. But it is purple & green. Yeah!
So, you can buy the Threshold Shorts here. There is a discount until the 28 of September if you use the code BERLINMARATHON (Good luck Melissa!!) and also Melissa has arranged a 10% off airtex mesh and 2oz technical nylon fabrics at UKfabricsonline with the code UK-FEHR-01 Have a look at what other testers have said about the Threshold shorts at Fehr Trade too.