|Pattern Description: |
View A: Racerback sport tops with lined front and wide straps. Neckline, armholes and bottom edge are finished with elastic.
View B: Racerback sport top with lined front, elastic at bottom edge and adjustable spaghetti straps. Neckline, and straps are finished with fold-over elastic (stretch bias).
View C: Short tights with inseam panel for greater comfort, elastic waist and contrasting insert at side front.
I made View A and View C.
Jalie sizes F (2 year old) to FF (bust 50"). I made size T, which is one size down from my current measurements. I'd say the sizing is pretty much perfect.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, my top and shorts both look exactly like the photos and the tech drawings! (Photos)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Jalie's instructions and techniques are always great, IMHO. The written instructions and illustrations are really nicely done, and Jalie really understand movement the way very few other pattern companies do.
I did make some modifications to the order of top instructions, however, so that I could fully line it and enclose all of the seam allowances inside to minimise chafing. You can read my improved order of construction here.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I absolutely love the contrast thigh panel on these shorts - it's so stylish and really gives them an expensive look, and also showcases little scraps you may have lying around. It's also not obvious from the line drawing, but instead of an inner-thigh crotch seam, there's an extra panel there (maybe about 4 inches wide) which I assume is to cut down on any chafing. The longer length of these shorts also prevents any "chub rub" in the inner thigh. Bravo, Jalie!
The only thing I don't like about the shorts are that they have a weird hanging, front lining that I left off - I was afraid it'd bunch up when worn since it's only connected at the front waistband and the crotch. The shorts are very tight-fitting so any extra lumps would show, lining included. And yes, I have to be very careful which underwear I wear with these because everything shows!
The different fabrics on the sport top make it really easy to sew a coordinating pair like I did here, and the angled front seams really make it look professional. I've been looking for great printed sports bras for MONTHS and they are really few and far between, so to have a way to make my own, over and over again, is just heaven!!
This pattern is great for scraps - the tribal print lycra is leftover from my wildest leggings ever (and only bought 1m to start with, too!). This came as a digital print from Funki Fabrics.
The red fabric is a neon red wicking lycra that I was gifted by my industry friend - frankly, it's fabulous stuff, though I'm glad the right side was marked with a sticker as it's impossible to see the difference! I had to be quite methodical in marking the wrong side with big Xs in chalk as I went along. I only used 0.5m of my 1m gifted yardage, too, so I've got enough for a second set or accents on longer leggings. (Fabrc layout photo)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Jalie actually call this a "sport top" and not a "sports bra", but I found it really easy to turn it into a compression-style sports bra that's actually supportive enough to run in! If you've got a larger bust, your mileage may vary, but for me, this is the perfect mix of support, style and comfort.
My first change was to line both the front and back in power mesh. However, when I tried it on (before adding the elastic edges), it didn't pass my "bounce test". So I consulted with a sewing/running industry friend, who recommended I try adding a second layer of power mesh lining, with the stretch running in the opposite direction to the first layer (power mesh is stretchy in one direction, but rigid in the other).
This was the a-ha moment, and after adding the second layer, the girls were secure!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Overall, this is a great pattern, and I will totally be using the sports bra portion again, as this was about the only piece of running kit I was still buying from shops.
Even though it's body-conscious, I love the look - it's so sports boutique! I wore this to compete in the British Transplant Games at the weekend and I won GOLD in the womens 1500m wearing this so it's definitely easy to run in!
For way more photos plus further techniques to eliminate chafing, head over to FehrTrade.com!