Mermaid scale fun run

I set a goal to do a 10K fun run. But part of the fun – other than training and eating well – I wondered, I’d love to look like I’m having fun on the day. Hence my mermaid scale print kit using Funkifabrics.


My starting point was Jalie 3247 shorts – with a difference.

I wanted to look ‘fast’ (LOL) so I cut a curve and used the mermaid scale print on the lower leg.

The Jalie shorts length was ok but I needed another 2″ of length to guard against chafing.  I use the test version when I train on the treadmill. For some reason, they’re ok in the gym.
The test version showed me these shorts were ‘short’ at the top and at the leg. So I extended the leg length by 2″.

The curves on the shorts were now where I wanted them. Then I tested these shorts at a boot camp session during the week to make sure there was no pulling/gaping/mishaps ‘while in use’. No problems.

Then the next issue was – what top pattern do I use? A top that I can pin on my racing bid was needed so I used View C with New Look 6160.
From the size chart my test version was size 14. 14 is a comfy summer version but too big at the shoulders and at the bust for what I needed.
Left to right: test vesion, Funki Fabrics blue fish scale print, retro print with bling shoulder feature
The test version on the left confirmed where the shoulder adjustment could be made (on the front seam of the yolk) and how much I need to take out. This pattern has a centre back seam so this is ideal for sway back adjustments.

So I recut this top again in a 10 across the bust and 12 at the waist and hips. I lowered the hem by 1.5cm. And I’m glad I did so you can’t see my tum when I raise my arms:)
this running kit worked pretty well on the day.

The legs kept rolling up at times so after the race I contact Susan of www.measuretwicecutonce.com.au and she suggested adding a cuff.
Front view

back view

Inside view

Of course I wore these again at a 6am boot camp class and the cuff worked. Thank you Susan for your suggestion. Now to test these on a leisurely 10km training run.


Thank you Funki fabrics for this mermaid scale print.

About the fabrics 

Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 

  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective

Read Susan’s activewear post if you want the knowledge of a sewing industry expert on activewear sewing.


Dear Jalie patterns. My niece, her Mum and I love Jalie 3247. My niece wore her Jalie pieces on the weekend and was really happy with them. The fabrics and styles of each set blew them away.
Thank you so much. 

Jalie swimwear – part deux

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Jalie patterns provide the child to adult sizes in each pattern they produce. They’re very family friendly.


Funkifabrics gave me a decent amount of dyesplosion so my littlest niece now has her own dyesplosion beach set for Summer. 


The brand new print you see above was created by Funkifabrics to help raise money for Children in Need. 25% profits made from this fabric will be donated to help the lives of disabled children in the UK.


Jalie swimshorts
My littlest niece is very active so these swimshorts (3351) with swim bottoms work for her (and are approved by her Mum too).

She has been through the ‘pink clothes’ stage and she now loves bright colours so dyesplosion works for her.


The built in pants are made from dyesplosion too.


Jalie top

View B (3247) halter style, seemed the best (practical) option for my littlest niece. 

Finished set

Cut for print placement

The lining is sewn onto the front and then the fold over elastic is sewn on.
About the fabrics 

Funki Fabrics are polyester print base and they are also: 

  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective

Something to consider.

I still had leftover pink lycra in my stash so I made her a pink version using Jalie 3247 view A, racer back top. 


The fabric has a bit of pattern line in it so I obliged and made sure the lighter pink circles balanced across these two pieces.

Below is shows the final hemming stage of construction.

She now has plenty of ‘play wear’ that can be washed many times over.


Thank you Funkifabrics for dyesplosion and Jalie patterns for 3351 and 3247. The hot weather is here and so are some really cute beach outfits for the littlest niece.

Postscript 24 November 2014: The littlest niece loved all of these pieces. She loved the pink set more than I thought. She loved the dyesplosion set too. The Mum’s who saw the dyesplosion set were ready to put in orders for a few more sets for gymnastics. Jalie’s patterns are spot on. The colours in these Funkifabrics are excellent.

Jalie swimwear – part un

Activewear/swimwear is a Jalie specialty. I was given two new Jalie patterns to use with dyesplosion from Funkifabrics.
Swimshorts
Every Summer there’s usually a beach picnic and I find it a hassle to keep changing from picnic clothes to swimwear. These Jalie swimshorts (3351) suit my needs for both situations. 
A view of the swim shorts with built in swim bottoms
Jalie have used their cool side pockets (similar to their skort pattern) and this clever pattern provides built in swimwear bottoms too. You can add these bottoms in or leave them out. I’ve added these in!
I did a test version of these swimshorts and found I only needed to add 2cm to the centre back seams of the shorts and swimwear bottoms. That’s it. 
I road tested the first version at a spin class and they passed. I didn’t feel less dressed than when I usually wear tights. The gym fashion police were silent too 🙂
Side view of swim shorts with blue contrast.
The Jalie elastic measurements were spot on. They usually are.
So by the time I made my dyesplosion version, it took me 2 hours ‘tops’ to make my new dyesplosion swimshorts. This time I used a blue panel under the pocket piece for interest. I used this blue fabric for the swim bottoms too.
Crop top
Racer back tops give my shoulders a lot of relief and this Jalie pattern (3247) offers 3 crop top versions. Oh and two basic shorts version to boot!
Front view of this new swim set
This time I didn’t test this pattern. I simply went ahead and made view C with the double crisscross straps. I knew the Funkifabrics lining was going to hold me in nicely so the only adjustment I needed to make was with the strap lengths. 
Back view
The fabric has really good recovery.
Ok, so I placed the large dyesplosion on one side on the front piece. That was easy enough to do.
Inside look at the top
View B was my next choice because again, the only real adjustment would be the halter length. I was happy with the top length on View C. 

With Summer on our heels, here are some local Jalie stockists:A Little Extra With Ronwarb (eBay store)

Flash Fabrics Located in Hobart (TAS)
Glitter and DanceSew N’ Dance Located in Epping (VIC) – Figure skating, gymnastics, and dance patterns
Sew Squirrel online store – selected patterns for men, women and children
Zebra Fabrics online store – selected patterns (women, activewear)
Zigzag Sewing Located in Georgetown (NSW)
For Kiwi readers:
Pattern Postie

About the fabrics 
Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 
  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective
If you’re seriously considering sewing your own activewear, read Susan’s activewear post that she wrote earlier this year. Her sewing industry knowledge is priceless.