Jalie 2796 Meets Lululemon Pace Setter


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. IMG_0309 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:

The Front


And a running pose!



15 thoughts on “Jalie 2796 Meets Lululemon Pace Setter

  1. I love it! You did a great job mimicking the Lulu skirt – much better than my attempt! And you even put a zippered pocket in! I like the pleats loose like they are, but your meticulous craftsmanship made me wonder if the pleats would stay better if the folded edge were stitched, forcing it to fold back on itself. Lulu must put something on their fabric to keep the pleat so nice!

    • Thank you! I thought your’s looked great too! I wanted a spot for my big car key and have been meaning to put a similar pocket into a pair of leggings, took a few tries! As for the pleats I was looking at an old tennis skirt and went off of that plus using a clapper (piece of wood in my case) to press on the pleat a few minutes after pressing. Still not as pleaty as I was attempting but guessing that was my fabric choice. I have plans for another with fancy supplex or wickaway material.

  2. Awesome skirt… the zipper pocket is EVERYTHING. Maybe a bit of lightweight steam-a-seam in the fold of each pleat would keep them pleat-y?

    • Thank you! I may have to look for that steam-a-seam. Where is that sold? And I totally agree about zipper pockets! Especially with my huge car key.

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  4. Sorry, hit post too quickly… I’ve added zippers to running tights in the past, you need to use a light interfacing on the back of the fabric. I draw the outline on the interfacing, iron it on the back of the fabric, then cut the slit. Use Dritz Wonder Tape (washes away completely) to turn the edges under and hold them, then put the zip in place using the Wonder Tape. Stitche very carefully around the zipper opening, moving the zipper pull when needed. The Wonder Tape keeps it all in place through this. After stitching the zipper in place I add the actual pocket bag behind it. Mostly I’ve made the pocket using a single piece of fabric, and stitched it along the top above the zipper, then down the sides and across the bottom.

    Let me know if this doesn’t make sense and I’ll write up a tutorial.

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