Built By Wendy Sew U Home Stretch comes through yet again! I am getting addicted to sewing knits (in fact this afternoon I will start something else! ) But I have something just a little bit different to show you…not as grotesque as the previous post’s content, but arguably pretty gruesome in terms of garishness (is that a word?) , but I shall argue that “that is the point”. The brighter the better. That’s got you wondering, hasn’t it? Except the title’s a bit of a giveaway. Yes this is about sewing a running top. I think out of all the sewing books with patterns I’ve got Sew U Home Stretch has to be my most used and is my go-to for sewing with knit fabric. The patterns are brilliant, the instructions for altering the basics to create new styles so far have been fool proof for me, & the “raglan sleeved top” was no exception. I took the baseball top design & added cuffs (pattern supplied for the hooded jacket) to lengthen the sleeves. I like my running tops roomy, so made a medium, which was not too big as it turned out.
I also needed a pocket for my iPod & headphone clip to attach to, so made a heart. (This amused me, placing it sort of over my heart which could potentially be pounding a bit harder as I wear this top for real!!). See the neon ribbon? Thanks Roo! I used wonder tape to place the hem for stitching with my double needle – it was great, like double sided tape that I guess disintegrates when washed. I tried to make thumb holes in the cuffs, but the holes are a tad too small. I think next time I’ll make it bigger again, longer sleeves and larger thumb holes.
It’s made from wicking fabric that really does appear to glow in the dark – I used this “flash” photo below to demonstrate what a car’s headlights would throw up if they came across me, (apart from my startled face & an utterance of “you’re too close!”) it also shows the contrast raglan sleeve better.
It’s not great fabric for unpicking mistakes, particularly a heart shaped pocket sewn on with small stitches to get a more accurate sewing line. I’d placed the pocket originally too high so after unpicking it & resiting it, there are traces of the original seamline with the odd pucker. Oh well. I find that it is really hard to find suppliers of special technical sports fabric suitable for running – if anyone has any links to share I’d be so grateful, as I can see a few more of these tops being useful
I got this fabric from ukfabricsonline.com, and there is this supplier as well in the UK, Tissu Fabrics. I’d be willing to shop internationally if anyone can provide some leads….big thanks in advance, this is a genuine plea…
So, how does it work as a running top? How does it perform?
I wore it out for a long run this morning & it was fine. Still needed to wear gloves though, but that’s a problem I have – hence wanting thumb holes!
Now onto another overlocker-love-in!!!
By the way, fancy some pretties? Get an early glimpse of my aprons in Karen’s Apron-along as I share the ric rac love, inspiration & an insight into how I use ric rac at my guest post on Did You Make That. Thanks Karen for having me:-)
Happy Sunday everyone