I have been admiring the Lululemon Pace Setter running skirt ever since I saw a friend wearing one. I thought they were so cute but I just couldn’t get myself to spend the money ($58). So I did a lot of Googling on patterns out there and what others have already done and I discovered the Jalie 2796 pattern which you can purchase as a paper pattern or download as a PDF through their website here. This pattern is fantastic as is and there are so many blog posts and reviews about it that all look great, but I really wanted that pace setter look. Jalie also has lots of sizes which is great, I went with the size V. So I went about trying to figure out how to create the back of the skirt. I used the Jalie pattern pieces for everything else, love those side pockets! Then I came across Amy’s Sporty Sewing in Bamboo Jersey post. She does a great job recreating this look in fun colors. I decided to go with the 2 tiered look. So I then set about figuring out how to add pleats to the back piece of the Jalie skirt. I discovered Sew-Loli’s tutorial here. Worked out great! First I started by tracing out the back pattern piece onto 4 pieces of printer paper so I could trace out the two tiers and pleats. The Lululemon skirt has 8 pleated panels up top and 10 on the bottom so I measured the top of the skirt and divided that by 8 and spaced them out evenly and did the same for the bottom but dividing by 10. Then I measured the skirt piece from top to bottom which was about 14″, then divided the layers so the top was about an inch shorter than the bottom. As you can see I made a dotted line, that is my connection spot where the bottom layer will attach to the top layer using a row of double top stitching. I then traced each section onto my pattern paper (just general tracing paper I bought in a big 50 yard roll) and numbered each panel. These examples are of the bottom tier pattern piece. For the top each panel was 1 5/8″ wide, I then added spaces of about 1 1/4″ inbetween the panels, for the bottom the panels are about 1 11/16″ wide with spaces of about 1 1/8″ inbetween. After number the panel pieces I cut them apart. Then I spaced them out on a piece of tracing paper taping each piece down then cutting out the new piece. And voila, my 2 new pieces. To make cutting easier I then folded the piece in half, pinned it, and cut out one of each. I pleated them by folding the access fabric of the pleat over towards the right and then ironing them down. After some advice I learned using a piece of wood to press on the pleat until it has cooled helps it stay so much better! As mentioned earlier, I attached the bottom pleated section to the top at my dotted line, about half way down the top piece, where the top stitching is. Then I attached it to the rest of the skirt pieces per the pattern directions. Then I decided I want to add a back zipper pocket. After looking at a skirt I already owned with a back zipper pocket I measured it out and created a pattern piece measuring 5″ by 2.5″ allowing for 1/4″ seams. The zipper portion is 3″ across and 1/2″ wide located 1/2″ down from the top of the waistband piece. I measured this out by folding the waistband in half first and centering it over the back seam. So Sew Easy has a great tutorial here. I used 2 pieces of fabric not sewing the bottom together until I attached the waistband to the skirt. It’s not a perfect zipper but works for now considering this is my practice skirt, ;). Then I just followed the Jalie pattern in attaching the wasitband to the skirt then the shorts. I also added a 2″ wide elastic band into the waist band for added structure. So upon finishing attaching the waistband to the skirt I tried it on…uh oh. I forgot to stretch the fabric when adding the zipper, so 3″ of no stretch and just overall way too tight! So I took it out and added 3″ panels of fabric to each side to match up with the side panels and voila, much better fit! Essentially I added 6″ to the waistband pattern piece. Turned out really well! Just need something that will allow the shorts to grip so they stay put. Can’t wait to order some nice white supplex for my planned project. Anyone order from Peak’s Fabrics? I’m curious about their LLL yoga fabrics for a running skirt…. Thanks! Pics of the finished running skirt:
And of course some shots taken outside:
And a running pose!