I recently devised a way to make a pattern for running tights where there is only the inner seam on the legs. This will allow me to display my fabric uninterrupted on the outside of my legs and to the middle of my front and back! You can see the result in the picture at right. It is especially effective you have something like a pictorial print rather than some repeating motif on a generic background, because it looks like you have a big picture to show and not just just real estate for repetitive printing of a motif. Now I must make a whole bunch of pairs of such tights as I’ve been hoarding some pretty cool spandex for things I could make for myself without a lot of interruption to the pattern!
Recently, I taught myself how to create a simple glove pattern that could turned into a double layered glove easily. I’ll blog more on that when I have the process documented better. The double layer glove means you can do a few things with it:
- Use the two layers together for warmth, excess warmth if you use two warming layers like both of fleece.
- Use the outer layer for design for whatever you have that you can use on the outside, like crazy spandex or stretch material (non-stretch possible but not recommended for excess stress on seams).
Here, I used some silver snake / lizard / crocodile / alligator skin spandex I had purchased in Manhattan some years ago and the result is pretty cool, in my opinion. Under a coat sleeve, it looks like I have silver lizard skin! Combined with the GATORSNAKE running tights made a few years ago from the same spandex, and a tuque to come, I might well be a vampire hunting, silver skinned lizard of a runner this winter!
Aqua what? Running tight? You might ask. And as well you should, because the pattern on these new running tights I recently made for myself could be several very different things. They don’t look great lying flat as in the picture shown, but on my legs, they fit beautifully to show all my muscle tone.
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From my pajama dress pants muslin pattern, I removed the curvature from the hip to waist to make it go straight up on the pattern for these tennis shorts. I also chopped off the leg lengths, obviously. But imagine that! Dress pants turned to tennis shorts!
Running gear is so boring, yet spandex can be so crazy, even if most of the crazy stuff isn’t the “proper” wicking kind for running gear. But from my experience, the wicking stuff ain’t all that great unless you’re gonna be standing around in cold weather after you’re done your run without additional clothing. It’s not like a lot of the spandex holds a lot of water. For this reason, I have committed myself to making the most interesting running wardrobe in at least Canada, for myself! I already have the NIGHTWING body suit and GATORSNAKE and TOXIC long tights for starters. Given summer is coming, though, I needed short running tights and I came up with these NEBULOUS tights below.