I don’t just sew clothes for running, despite a recent spate, but since I have some new photos to share, here is the running top that was always meant to be. For me, that is. And you’ve already see why
Last year I invested in some Spoonflower fabric when there was a free shipping deal. Along with the floral leggings of nothing but flowers, I also bought some badger fabric in performance knit. When I went back to Spoonflower to link to the fabric I had used, I am sure there are now more badger prints than there were when I made my choice, Are badgers actually cool to anyone else but me?
Anyway, this was always going to be a top, but just which top to make? It was not clear until the Surf to Summit top pattern came out from Fehr Trade. I have made a few of these and love the high neckline & long sleeves (with mitts) & general slim-but-not-too-slim fit for winter running.
With just a metre of badger fabric I needed to add some contrast & had some cream wicking lycra that matched the badger fabric well enough. That’s another good thing about the Surf to Summit top- plenty of pieces for playing around with colour blocking (or eeking out fabric!) Actually if it was 100% badger, maybe that would have been too much?
But it’s Spring! Yes, I know. The chances of me getting much wear out of this top this side of the year dramatically reduced as soon as the clocks changed, but you know, there could still be a frost half way into May according to the gardeners I know. An evening run in some inclement weather may require the badger to be brought forth! Otherwise it can have some summer hibernation, far away from any horrible busy roads! ( And there is an option to make a short sleeved surf to summit top but I wanted it to be for winter running you see.)
So you know I have already reviewed this top pattern here & another example here. I am still not quite there with perfecting my fit, & luckily for me, I was able to discuss with my sewing guru (my Mum). Nothing I can do for this particular top, which is OK as it is completely wearable. But my next version will involve increasing the size to give more room in the top, bicep part of my sleeve, & probably a bit more scooping under the arm too. I think I must have flabby armpits (NICE! The things we share in the interest of sewing learning!).
You can see in the pic above that if you are using a fabric with a right & wrong side, that you need to decide which version of the mitts gets the right side. For me, and the way the pattern instructs you, is to make the open cuff show the fabric’s best side & mitts deployed show the fabric’s wrong side. This works out fine for this version especially with that cream contrast – almost looks like I designed it that way!
The other lucky thing was that my Dad, enjoyed being the man behind the camera as I larked around in the misconception that I needed to do something silly to entertain him.
I didn’t stay still for long enough. It must be the lycra. And I didn’t come prepared with a whole running outfit to model. Ultimate Trousers as jeans if you are interested.
I have some scraps of badger fabric left & have been inspired on Twitter by what to use it for. Possibly a Steeplechase leggings yoke, an armband pocket for gel carrying, & / or some badger running bows. So even though this will not be coming with me to London for the marathon, some scrap of badger will. (And let’s hope it’ll be more than just a scrap of me left at the end )