You can understand why I need a bit of a breather now after sewing so much workout gear, right? I sewed a lot of samples for the development and testing of my two patterns, and then once I finished those, the only real hole in my wardrobe was for long sleeved running tops, so I found myself back in the lycra pile anyway!
Just like the mocha running top you saw a few weeks ago, this one is again the Christine Jonson “Travel Trio Three” Raglan top pattern with a half-height collar and some hand mitts of my own devising.
I only had a bit of the printed lycra from Minerva leftover after already making leggings and a workout top from the 2m I bought, so I cut the front and back body and the collar in the printed lycra, then used some purple “silk touch” lycra from Tissu that I found in my stash for the sleeves and hand mitts.
Forgive me for not doing a proper photoshoot on this – I was a bit photoshooted out at this point so you just get some action shots and selfies instead!
Both lycras are quite thin and therefore not as warm as the long sleeve tops I’ve made from Suziplex or Cold Gear, but are still warmer than wearing a teeshirt, and I prefer minimalism when running anyway, especially if I’ve got my zero-bounce backpack on. Considering this top cost me somewhere around £5 in fabrics (compared to £50-60 in shops!), I’m not terribly fussed.
I had a little helper in the Quality Control department while I was sewing this!
Nothing gets past Nishi…
This brings my total number of long sleeved running tops up to four (three self-made plus the one I won for finishing 3rd at Bacchus Half), which may or may not be enough to last the winter. My trainer’s got me running 6 or 7 times a week now in preparation for London marathon, so the more gear I have, the less often I need to do laundry!