Joann’s has really upped their activewear fabric game lately. I was really impressed with their selection last time I went, both in terms of selection and the seemingly improved quality of that selection as well. I was inspired to make another pair of running tights, since it’s, you know, winter. Plus, I’ve been playing intramural soccer.
I used the same pattern, in the same size as my first pair of running tights, Jalie 3462 aka Cora. I didn’t make any pattern modifications, but I did construct this pair on my serger rather than my sewing machine. This made the assembly process much faster, and I think the tights are stronger and will last longer this way.
I even bought serger thread that matches for this project (if you read my first post, you might remember that I used white thread on the waist seam that is quite visible). Grey seemed like a safe bet because it will match or at least blend into a lot of different fabrics. This is only the second time that I’ve bought serger thread, because it is expensive! I had a bunch of coupons, but still it cost $7.23 for the four spools. Fortunately, they should last a long time, and can be used for a number of different projects.
There are just two other things notable about this make. First, I have the same issue with the ankles being tight as with the first pair. It’s not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind if you’re making this pattern without a coverstitch machine. Second, I didn’t have any regular 3/8″ elastic for the waistband, so I ended up using swimsuit elastic. I’ve worn these pants maybe 5 times now, and it seems to be holding up fine. I’m interested to see how it does in the long run. No pun intended.
All in all, I am much happier with this pair than my first. That can be attributed to the higher quality raspberry fabric and making them with a serger. They are more comfortable thanks to the fabric and I don’t get nervous at all bout busting seams while wearing them thanks to the serging. The back pocket is also more secure, thanks to some practice.
Pattern: Jalie’s 3462 Cora Running Tights in size R
Fabric: 1 yard spacedye wine jersey from Joann’s, black stripe contrast knit from stash
Notions: 3/8″ elastic, thread
Cost: $11.89 main fabric + contrast fabric , elastic, and thread from stash = $11.89
Time: 4 hours