But suffice to say, this is my fave version & I have found myself wearing it the most.
It’s got wicking blue lycra paired with non wicking drapey “mystic girl” fabric. I’ve used this before for leggings as well as a running skirt, & I love its quirkiness. But both of these fabrics have about the same amount of drape, and they are similar thickness – perfect to pair together from a practical point of view.
I cut the top out with regard for how the pattern would be placed – here I have mystic lady on my belly, whilst at the back- butterflies & baubles – I like to think they are crystal balls!
I’ve written about the clever design of the VNA top & how you can get different looks in how you use contrast fabric & even mock piping here, if you are interested in more of the VNA top’s sewing details.
What’s it like to wear non-wicking lycra in the heat? Well, with a style like the VNA that is sleeveless & racer back & with light weight fabric like this that drapes, I wouldn’t know that the mystic lady fabric is prone to superheat & super sweat. However, some of my other tops, made out of slightly thicker lycra, non wicking again, fit closer to the body & for me are a tad too hot for the hot days – I like a little bit of air flow around my poor suffering bod. Those I reserve for less steamy days.
You’ll see that this version’s blue matches with my Duathlons – but in a subtle way. Once again, despite the ability to match this top with the other leggings/ running skirt – that is not how I like to wear it – I can’t be doing the whole matchy matchy run kit. Well. Not generally. But I could if I wanted !!
And I also have to add, that these Duathlons have been my most worn summer shorts- perfect length, I love the pockets in the sides too – just right for iPhone to be crammed in to deliver me my happy tunes. I reckon my Fehr Trade wardrobe’s doing me well for my running style (groan!)
Oh yes. I have done something insanely stupid. I have signed up for three half marathons in September, starting with the Great North Run. Looking back on it dispassionately to understand just why I did it, It seems that my lack lustre & excuse ridden training over the summer required me to scare my veritable running pants off myself in order to get my lycra clad a*s in gear & get out there & get running. It’s worked – nothing like fear as a motivator!
No PB predicted mind you, but hopefully I can be in a good place for training better over the winter this time ….we shall see.
Post post addition. In response to some queries in the comments, this is where I get wicking lycra from- Ukfabricsonline who just happen to be my sponsor, but I have been buying wicking lycra from them long before that venture started – they have a mixture of different types- some solids, some animal print (oh yes!) & some less stretchy stuff that is good for looser t shirts & shorts (not leggings.
The blue fabric used in this top was from the Sewing Chest – also supplies wicking lycra. The crazy lady fabric is not wicking & I bought it from some European site at a very good price (but memory fails me on that one for links, sorry!)