I go to the gym most days. I wear running shorts and a sports bra, socks and trainers. All of these items are bought, not made.
It’s the shorts I have a problem with. I like wearing shorts, but not too short. The three pairs I have – bought years ago from Run and Become – are great. They have the following essential features:
- Classic cut
- built in briefs
- comfy elastic waistband with adjustable cord
- small interior pocket (for my earplugs)
- non clingy quick dry fabric
- long enough to look reasonable on a non-Amazonian women
- side pockets, if possible (for earphones and hanky)
- nice colours (not black!)
My shorts are mauve, tasteful greyish-brown (think Farrow and Ball), and today’s pair in bright blue (with pink bra top). With constant and daily use all are showing signs of wear but, sadly, I have been unable to replace them.
I have searched the internet, specialist sports shops, discount outlets and department stores. I did find some boys’ running shorts that nearly met the criteria but the shape and fit were out of the question. In the gym today I looked round and found everyone in my Body Pump class had black shorts on.
As usual I am being driven to make my own clothes as I can’t buy what I want.
When I saw that Karen’s Sporty Summer Sewathon I thought I might bite the bullet. This means finding or drafting an appropriate pattern, identifying suitable fabrics, and tackling the construction with an ordinary, ageing, domestic machine. If you know of any patterns or have fabric suggestions I would love to hear from you!