Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Skirts and Stuff
A couple weeks ago, a bunch of us in my running group got together to make our very own running skirts. I'm not an experienced seamstress by any means, but I know the basic concepts, and I know my way around a sewing machine. Just please don't ask me to change the stitch type, and apparently you're supposed to backstich (who knew?).
I made 2 different types of skirts at the get-together. A tutu - which I knew how to make from The Color Run a couple years back (although Jurisslave made our tutus for that one), and an actual fabric running skirt.
Making the running skirt was relatively easy, but time consuming! One of the ladies brought her skirt, and I used that for a template, spreading it out over my fabric, and then pinning and cutting one big circle.
Step 2 was folding it into fourths and cutting a hole in the top. Then cutting up the side so I could open it up into one strip of fabric and recut that top hole to fit around my waist.
Then lots and lots of pinning the bottom hem and the top elastic. And sewing round and round. Then all I had to do was sew the ends of the fabric together where they opened and form a seam. I wore the skirt for The Neon Run this past weekend, and it was perfect!
It was easy enough that I'll probably make a couple more skirts for some other races I've got coming up this year.
As for the tutu, that just involved tying strips of tulle around a piece of elastic. And I've already worn it twice! Once for the tutu run my running group did, and once for the Adventure Run I also did this week. Cripes, all that hard work last month really paid off this week!