I sewed exercise shorts last weekend, wore them and gave them a B+.
For A+, they needed to be a little longer and more tapered to fit my leg. In the photo below, the piece on the left is the front and it is placed on the fold. The back is in the center. The piece to the right is the gusset. The straight side of the gusset is sewn to the front and the curved side is sewn to the back. The gusset goes all the way down to the hem. The gusset gives a sleek fit without being too clingy or prone to wedgies. At the top, I just used a wide elastic and folded over the top edge.
Pretty easy, once I had it all figured out.
(click to enlarge & see gusset explanation)
Here are my new shorts. I did not really enjoy sewing them (too boring) but I will enjoy wearing them. The way these shorts look compared to the storebought shorts is just night and day. I really could not go out in public in anything RTW, except the baggy shorts from the mens department.
These were fast to sew. I serged the seams using the overlocker first, then topsitched using the coverhem. My coverhem has a 3-thread option, so I used that and I like the sporty look. There is a lot of thread on these seams!
I was not athletic when I was young. I was that clumsy kid who was the last one picked for the team. Despite being the tallest girl in my class, and dedicated effort, I did not make the basketball team. Now it seems funny, but at the time, it was a huge disappointment! I recovered from the trauma of high school gym and now I enjoy regular vigorous exercise. Maybe I get endorphins from it? Maybe that's the explanation! I love yoga, Pilates and I take high-cardio boot camp classes, too. But my newest love is Zumba. Bonus - our teacher is a decade older than I am, so that is very motivating. She wears the cutest cargo pants with trim tank tops. So there may be some cargo pants in my sewing future. :) If I am honest, it is all about age; maybe even some fear. I would not want to lose physical mobility in my golden years - that would be very hard to endure. So I exercise.
What's up next? I love this sweet spot between projects when I can dream about what I want to create next. I was so impressed with Belinda's purple coat that I bought the same pattern: