In February some of my friends signed up to run the Ciderthon; a half marathon with a cider taster at each mile marker! Perhaps unsurprisingly, fancy dress is encouraged and these ladies didn’t take much encouragement! ? Super heroes was suggested as a theme and this was the in that one of the runners and I needed to realise our Wonder Woman running kit dream we’d been talking about for months. Excitingly, all five runners were up for this so I had plenty to get on with!
First things first, we had to choose what style to go for. I came across this infographic and we decided we were going to go for an early 80s themed outfit (yes, that probably ages us…!).
The next step was fabric. I love fabric shopping!
Funki Fabrics have a great range of prints on spandex bases that work well for athletic wear and Tia Knight has a good range of plain, lighter weight spandex that is good for tops. Even if there’s cider every mile, a half marathon is still a long way and the last thing you want is chaffing… I already had some gold spandex from We Love Spandex, who sell overage fabric from their design studio in Bristol through Etsy. I was able to top this up from Funki Fabrics so we were on our way.
Before we move on, a quick note about thread and notions…
I had heard about woolly nylon when testing the Greenstyle Creations Super G tights, but had never used it. If you’re in the US, Maxilock seems to be easy to find, but it’s not as common in the UK. In the end I discovered my local sewing shop (The Sewing Studio) had a cabinet hidden away in the workshop space that had Fujix woolly lock in it (that Mark called bulk nylon in case you need a range of names to try asking for). It’s not cheap at £7 a spool, but if you’re sewing clothes that need to stretch a lot (e.g. sports wear) it’s worth the investment. I’ve had far fewer snapped threads since I started using this.
Clear Elastic: I’ve used a lot of clear elastic in waistbands for sports wear, but it’s only while making these skorts did I find one that didn’t drive me round the bend (well, only part way round at least…). I don’t know if it’s a West Country thing, but the shops here only seem to sell Hemline clear elastic. It’s fine, but my sewing machine hates it and my overlocker isn’t exactly enamored. I knew I was going to need a fair bit of the stuff for this project so looked online and found that William Gee stock Vilene framiliastic. It has a slightly less rubbery surface and great stretch and recovery. More importantly, it’s much easier to work with!
Now, the fabric is great, but togas don’t make for practical running gear so I needed some patterns to use the fabric with. I’d be lying if I said it even crossed my mind to choose anything other than Greenstyle Creations patterns. There are lots of great pattern designers out there, but I know I can trust Angie’s drafting* and the designs really work for real people doing real sports.
The other ‘deal sealer’ was that the Pace Skirt was born to be a Wonder Woman skort – anyone can see that 😉
So, Pace for the skort and the Lille Racerback (athletic length tank version) for the running vest – perfect!
Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 to see how the outfits turned out!
*from a selfish perspective it’s handy to not need to mess with length on tops. I have a comparatively long torso and normally need to add length. However, Greenstyle patterns are drafted for someone 5’7″, which works for my long torso on my 5’5″ height. I have to make SO many adjustments normally, it’s a huge relief to have at least one thing that works from the off.