Running skirt.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I like the idea of running skirts.  They're feminine, they're fun, they're modest, they're comfortable.  It's a nice alternative to shorts, and they transition well to errands and chasing after kids.  What I don't like is the built-in underwear that comes with almost every athletic skirt out there.  I'd rather choose my own, thankyouverymuch.  If you haven't spent any time searching for running skirts without built-in underwear, then trust me when I say that it's a waste of time.

So what's a girl to do?  Sew her own, of course! 

I started with a skirt that I like the shape of, but on my short body it's a little long for athletics.  This is the Vital Skirt II by Lucy:

I made my own pattern based on that skirt.  This is the Vitality Skirt (ha!) by greatjencreations:

I kept the yoke, and the three panels on front, two on back.  Instead of a casing, I used exposed elastic, for a sportier look.  Turned out pretty good, I think.

I can't believe I'm posting a picture of my backside for all the world to see, but (butt!) we're all friends here, right?

Best of all, I can wear what I want underneath.

Fabric Notes:  Sporty fabric like this isn't the easiest to find.  I bought this at SewZanne's Fabrics -- it's cool because it's reversible (dark navy on the inside), and it was $6.99/yard.  Search for "activewear" to find the selections there.  You can also find sporty fabrics at, again searching for "activewear."  If you want really high quality fabrics, check out Peak Fabrics, in the Wicking Fabrics section.  They actually sell a lot of the fabric that lululemon uses.  They ship out of Canada, but neither the currency conversion nor the shipping is unreasonable.  You have to talk to a person to complete the order, and I've found them to be very friendly and helpful.  I found a great soure of decorative sporty elastic -- Puffytots has really fun selections, and although shipping out of Singapore is a little slow, it's worth waiting for.


  1. Wow. Not only does that skirt look store bought, it's way cuter than the Lucy skirt. I've been wondering if I should tackle workout pants since I'm not partial to spending $80 for Lucy's (although I admit I have :)

    Thanks for the fabric and elastic links. I've poked around Fashion Fabrics Club for activewear fabric, but it's hard to know when you can't see it.

  2. Love the shape and color. :)

  3. fab! fab! fab!
    well done, great jen.