It’s about time I posted my latest runners – the Duathlon shorts by Fehr Trade. Yes, Melissa is nothing but full of unique designs for crafting your own running/ workout kit- the ideas keep coming! Hot on the heels of the PB Jam leggings and XYT top here are some more togs for sweating in. I was lucky enough to be a tester and these shorts/ leggings were once again right up my street.
Have you seen them yet? I’m sure you have. Leggings/ shorts for your running or cycling legs. Or the gym. They come in three lengths & I went for the extremes: the capri length (in time for spring) & the woo hoo! booty shorts for an experiment! There is also an above the knee length. Their clever piecing together creates two phone (or gel & key ) sized pockets in the contrast side panels.
The simplest of designs, which allows some fab use of left over fabric to pack a punch plus a brilliant pocket construction that’s easy to sew.
As a bonus- if you cycle & want to avoid saddle sores, Melissa has designed in a padded piece specially shaped for a comfortable yet ultimate workout. Now, I don’t do the cycling thang, so I avoided the padded crotch, but what a brilliant option to be able to sew your own padded cycle shorts – technical genius. Of course there is lots of advice for fabric choice & construction included in the pattern.
So I’ve raved about the sewing & design. These leggings are a very simple make & incredibly wearable. I used my overlocker for practically all of the construction, except the hems which my coverstitch machine is now much better at (thanks a lot again to Melissa who gave me a couple of steers for the basics that make all the difference!) I made the capri length first in some left over random non-sports bottle green lycra, sneaking in yet more of my leopard lycra to add a dash of the wild side.
I wish it was “Meow” I’m saying here, but I took authentic post run photos & was still recovering! I have worn these leggings many times now. The length is spot on, the fit – well there’s probably room in their for me to take some more in, if I wanted to look as if I had been poured into them, but in my mind they are ideal. I’ve used the pockets for keys & my phone once (plenty big enough & it doesn’t feel in danger of popping out unexpectedly). They are a total hit & I would not hesitate in making more.
So much so that I gave the booty shorts a trial. I am rubbish at seeing a pattern for shorts (any shorts -not just lycra shorts!) & picturing where the legs finish on me – always in fear of “too short shorts” I usually end up erring on the side of caution & needing to take a massive hem to the “bermudas” I’ve almost created. It seems I can get it wrong both ways – I was never going to be any good at merely eyeballing the cutting line for these booties – I had to make them. I thought that in the summer it is great to have a shorter pair of shorts – do they call them boy short length? Now boy short length is probably a bit longer than booty (why didn’t I just stop & consider the name!) shorts. They hug your buns babies!
I love them, really, but at the moment I am not sure how brave I would be to go out in public with them this short…but in the hot summer ( am I wishing for the impossible?) …maybe I would change my mind.
I made them using some wicking lycra with a strip of burgundy – which I’ve also used to make a top – I will show you soon, once pics are taken.
Tell you something though – I would make them just a couple of inches longer & then they would become what I have in mind as “boy shorts”. Now making them that length & wearing in public is a distinct certainty. But even if you are as unbrave as me, the booty shorts can be worn under skirts for your cycle commute – they are an ideal modesty saver.
All in all a great pattern. You can get the download here - & once again I should say that Melissa’s instructions lead you through the construction excellently. If anything, these leggings are easier to make than the PB Jams, just because the piecing is all in straight lines. What do you think? Are you convinced yet?
And while we are on it, have you been inspired by marathon season? I’d like to congratulate Melissa here too – she got such an amazing time for her London marathon – decode this!
3:30:37. OMG PB GFA BQ!
— Melissa Fehr (@fehrtrade) April 13, 2014
(Or visit Melissa’s site for the answers & post race photo) The very next day I entered the Bath Half 2015- that means I’ve got the Manchester 10k in May (when I shall be running in me made running kit for Me Made May as well as it being the race that I join in with the Spring Race Challenge
I’m in taking part in…
After May’s 10k I have the summer to train for the Great North Run, and the winter to train for the Bath Half. Sorted? For me, it’s good to have races to be aiming for & to keep running as I still find it the easiest thing in the world to never leave my home/ garden, so happy am I and so busy can I be within badger burrows (set really) . Running is a good way to get upright, active & out in the fresh air. Plus I love how it makes me feel when I am exercising & covering distances.
And what other incentive to run & to just get out there, than making new running kit? Love it.