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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Here are some more photos of the back …
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?