Jalie Loulouxe Running Skirt

I love running skirts and as soon as I saw the Jalie Loulouxe, I knew I had to make a new one, :). 

I had read a couple reviews that had mentioned the shorts weren’t compression style and recommended to go down a size or 2, but I neglected to have that forethought. So I ended up taking the inseam in about an inch in total. I also thought they were a bit short for me so I lengthened the shorts and skirt 1”. I also added a large exterior pocket to the back of the top back skirt portion per this tutorial. Other changes were to use a 2” wide elastic in the waistband and to use the construction method Jalie’s other running skirt patter of attaching the skirt and shorts to the waistband.
Otherwise the construction directions were great and easy to follow, :). Next time I will make the shorts 1-2 sizes smaller and add another inch of length.

Love this newest addition! Shorts stayed out while running and th fabric I used is so amazing. It’s mostly nylon supplex type material I purchased from our local sewing store.
Thinking of making a pants version next.


Rock ‘n Roll Running Skirt

Been awhile since I posted. Been super busy! I’m making bridesmaids dresses for a friend’s wedding (coming up in 2 weeks!), teaching, and working on my master’s…and training for a half-marathon.

Of course, I needed to make a new running skirt for the half-marathon, ;). 1) I’ve lost about 15 pounds, 2) Because I can, ;).

I went with my Jalie 2796 pattern. Had to go back down to a size V. I didn’t have time for the fancy pleated version I made the first 2 times but I feel the original pattern shows off the guitars better. The fabric is the performance knit from Spoonflower. Love it! I used a contrasting teal color from a local store.

Other changes I made: lowered the waistband about 3″ so it hits right below my belly button; adding non slip elastic to the shorts leg openings; adding elastic to the waistband; and added 2 waistband pockets! This last bit was a little tricky. Used the basic construction pattern of the Sloan leggings with adjustments.

So I cut out 4 pieces of about 2 1/2″ by 4″  out of swimsuit lining so I could make 2 pockets. I made them just big enough for a gel each. First I stitched each pocket to one side of the waistband (exterior and interior waistband pieces) at the top. Then I pinned the pieces together and stitched along the top going around the pockets as I went so they didn’t get sewn shut. You can see the teal stitching along the black in the photo below. The line of stitching below the black pockets on the teal is from attaching each side separately, not stitching the two teal pieces together. Need those open at the top!

Then turned the waistband right side out and pressed the top seam well on a low heat setting.

And here you can see how the pockets looks on the inside.

And this is the pocket view from the top side.

They each fit a Gu perfectly!

I basted the bottom part of the waistband closed as per the instructions but not before I put in my elastic. I didn’t have the 2″ wide I usually use, but the 1 1-2″ I bought worked just fine. I like the extra secure fit it gives and it also helps the top waistband lay down flatter.

The rest of the skirt was constructed as usual with no issues. Now I have a new skirt for the Nashville Rock ‘n Roll half coming up this Saturday! It snuck up on me, but I feel pretty ready. Just hope the weather cooperates!

Never enough pockets! When attached the waistband I made sure the side with the elastic was against my body and the pocket pouch was facing towards the outside waistband, if that makes sense.

Pic of me wearing it of course, ;). This was taken during a 5k I did a couple weeks ago, had to give it a few test runs first of course.

PUG Alison and Jalie 2796

I made my own sports bra!!! And it fits pretty well, :). So tired of spending so much in sports bras from the store so I’m pretty excited, :).

The sports bra pattern is Pinup Girls Alison. It’s a front close sports bra which is awesome, no wrangling it over my head.

The actual construction is pretty simple and easy. Only adjustments I made were to take in the sides about 1/2″ on each side and use a 1″ wide elastic for the band since I didn’t have any 1.5″ wide on hand. The wickable black exterior fabric and pre-molded bra cups I got from Bra Makers Supply.

Overall I really like how it turned out and fits. Next time I would make the arm holes a bit larger as they are a bit tight. Next time I am going to try Green Style Creations Endurance Bra once I get my supplies.

The Jalie running skirt was also pretty straight forward as this is my 3rd make, first one not adding my customized back skirt pleats. I like to add a 2″ wide elastic to the waistband and hemmed everything 3/8″ instead of 3/4″. The fabric is this amazing wickable Under Armour brand from our local sewing store.

I’ve run 6 miles in both of these and they are pretty great. The shorts didn’t ride up at all and the sports bra delivered minimal bounce.


And best part? Pockets on each side!!!

Jalie 2.0

So I’ve done one post of this already here, that was the trial run using leftover cheap fabric. I finally got around to finding a really nice white performance fabric from Jo-Ann’s and made the real one! This is Jalie 2796.

Round 2 was much easier as I already had all the pieces created and the mechanics down. Only made a few changes. First I top stitched the elastic band I put inside the waist band at the top to prevent the weird moving around the elastic does in the first one and added gripper elastic to the shorts.

Gripper elastic is not fun to sew! Even my special sewing machine foot made to work with sticky materials struggled but I got them in. Only to realize they were now too loose. Ugh! Love this white fabric but it tends to stretch out while sewing it. It’s ok though, seems like it will hold up well. Taking it out for a test run tomorrow.

UPDATE: survived the 7 mile run with no riding up! Yay! Everything stayed put and was super comfortable. :).


Used my small wooden boards to press down the pleats as I cool ironed the pleats in. Worked really well. This material pressed a little better than the blue stuff. And feels amazing!


And of course I had to add my back zipper pocket for my car key. This too also went smoother. I did two things different: 1) I stitched the outline of the zipper area through both the waistband and top internal pocket pieces and 2) stretched out the band a little.


My favorite part of these running shorts are they have TWO side pockets of significant size, as in they are large enough to hold an iPhone, :). Basically it’s that area from the two rows of stitching near the middle and that elastic top area.

I also added about 4″ to the waistband, although with this material that probably wasn’t necessary but it does make attaching the waistband to the skirt easier.

And voila, awesome running skirt for only half the cost of an expensive Lululemon pacesetter skirt, :). These shots were taken at dusk so they are a little dark. I was just so excited! :).




And that pocket! One on each side, :).


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!