Luxury running top McCalls 7261

I have not posted anything for a while about running have I?  That itself could be a post of its own, reflective perhaps that my running has taken a bit of a back seat to the other stuff going on.  Maybe I will find time to write about that sometime.  Maybe.

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But this is something I have made for running.  Hurrah!  And it has been worn on quite a few runs already!  Double hurrah!  This is McCalls 7261  M7261 which has long sleeved tops with collar & hood options & cuffs with thumbholes (gotta love those thumbholes for a winter running top 😉  ).  This pattern also has colour blocked leggings which I haven’t looked into.  So quite an interesting pattern!  Almost a winter running capsule wardrobe!

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The top has princess seams & raglan sleeves.  I went for the version with the two-piece cowlish neck.  It’s like a built in mini Buff.

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I also wanted to make the version with the thumbholes – I mean this would be a full on winter running top.



But what about the fabric?  It’s from Spoonflower (2m bought  on one of the free postage days last year ) – Birds & Bees in butter yellow – using the Performance Knit – this is the lesser stretch active wear fabric (NB not suitable for leggings which need high stretch,  the Sport Lycra is best for leggings)  This though feels so silky to the skin & performs great when you’re running & get a bit warm.  It also has amazing drape which means that the collar on this top is absolutely glorious & cascades beautifully.  I love sewing with this fabric & I love wearing it.  Truly it feels luxurious.  And the design is so cute & unusual.  But also quite understated.  I love it.  The birds are so cuuuute & singing to me as I run!

Sorry about the apparent strain! Just my arm position...

Sorry about the apparent strain! Just my arm position…

I have not that much to say about the sewing except that it all came together really nicely.  I used my overlocker (of course)!  except for hems & using a narrow zig zag to understitch the seam allowance at the collar.

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I did also machine baste the collar to the neckline with my regular machine using a long straight stitch before sewing with my overlocker- just as a precaution & much easier to sew trickier seams on your overlocker when there are no pins in the way!

mccalls 7261 (5)Here are some more photos of the back …

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I’m not modelling it very well, twisting it a little out of shape.  But it shows it loves to slink.  I did make a size 12, as I prefer a loose fit.    I’ve enjoyed everything about McCalls 7261- so far.  There is finally more choice in the  activewear patterns being released by some of the big 4 & if this top is anything to go by, they are really interesting & wearable.  What do you think?

16 thoughts on “Luxury running top McCalls 7261

  1. Waco

    I love the fabric choice, and really really like the cowl collar. What a great invitation to go outside and play (or run!) 🙂 I just made my first pair of leggings a couple of days ago for the Austin Cap10K; now I’m on the hunt for more suitable fabrics to make more of my own. I hadn’t thought of Spoonflower’s Sport Lycra. Yay!

  2. Anica

    These looks great! I’ve just finished a Lane Raglan with thumbholes and a hood, but your cowl looks much cosier!! I think I will have to try the pattern 🙂 I love making activewear (although I’ve only just started), it allows me to have clothes that are a lot more colourful/fun than what I could buy and motivates me to go jogging more often because I want to wear what I made!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I’d like to try the Lane Raglan too. I have bought it a while ago, but not yet printed it let alone decided how to deploy it! Sewing for running definitely has some kind of effect on motivation- all positive in my case!!! Glad you are finding the same ?

  3. Kelli

    How wonderful to read your review of McCalls winter activewear top. And, using Spoonflower fabric too! I just got some yardage from Spoonflower (the Sport Lycra) and FunkiFabrics (the Titan line) in shamrocks, gold coins, and rainbows. I’m planning on making leggings, long sleeve top (and maybe a vest and visor) for next years Shamrock run with a leprechaun and pot-o-gold theme (kind of along the lines of your wonderful outfit for the London Marathon!). I was going to try the Butterick Lisette B6295 leggings and I was debating between trying McCalls pattern for the top or relying on Fehrtrade’s Surf to Summit top, which I already know I like. McCall’s it is! I’m so glad we’re finally getting a decent selection of activewear patterns, both indie and the big 4, and fun wearable fabrics to use!!! It makes running so much more fun!!!
    So…. Heavenly at Tahoe? That’s a long way to go for a little skiing!! (the hat)

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Wow, what plans ! Isn’t it great that you can get fabrics so diverse now ( shamrocks!!) as well as the greater choice in patterns, I think that is a great progression, and it’s really fun. Good luck with your sewing and running!! And the race itself.
      Yes Heavenly was a very special holiday for me and I’m so glad I bought the cap. It has become my running cap ….??

  4. Stevie

    That fabric is Ace Winnie! Thanks for the tip on which of the fabrics are best for leggings. I was looking into making some workout wear and that’s a great way to make it individual! I was looking at Funki fabrics, have you ever got fabric from them?

    1. Kelli

      They are wonderful to get fabric from. Hugh selection, very quick service. The fabric is great quality and true to color. Their wicking Titan line of fabrics is ideal for leggings (Melissa at Fehrtrade has helped beta test it and reviewed it for them and has great things to say about it).

    2. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I’ve only just sewed some of the Funki Fabrics Titan up, so have not really tested it yet. But it seems gorgeous. And I have used the other non sports Funki fabrics a lot and they are top quality so I am expecting the same from the Titan! And I understand offered for their whole range now, I think?! Which is great for us UK customers. I’m not sure that there is a direct comparison in Funk with the performance knit I’ve used here in this top, but Funki fabrics are def ok for leggings… times Stevie!!

  5. Abi

    Excellent fabric! The last time I ordered from Spoonflower, though, I got hit with a £30 customs duty, which had rather put me off ordering from them again… perhaps I should have another go at it!

  6. Nicky B

    Beautiful fabric & great looking top. Need to make myself some sportswear so interesting read. Was just getting back into my running before Easter but a bug has put pay to that for now so will just have to spend that time sewing instead!!


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