I had been thinking about tracing off my lululemon running shorts, when I saw that Greenstyle creations had a similar pattern in their athletic collection. Whilst I was purchasing the Moxi shorts, the tie-back tank made its way into my cart as well. Both these styles seem very current and reflect what can be purchased in athletic wear at the moment.
I cut the tie back tank from two matching race shirts that neither my husband or I ever wore, to test the pattern out. I cut a size small, grading out to a medium at the hips. I thought the tie itself would be annoying, so I just went with the overlap option. I ended up taking in the side seams to be a size small overall, probably because I didn't need the extra length for the ties.
I made the shorts all one colour, with no contrast binding or waistband. I cut according to my hip size, but didn't put in the in-built undies. They are comfortable to run in, but they feel shorter than my RTW shorts and a lot "airier" at the back, which make me feel a bit self-conscious.
I ended up tracing off my RTW shorts and comparing the patterns. My RTW shorts have a shorter front crotch length. The instructions with the moxi shorts (which are very good) describe how to take in the legs, but I think I am better off removing some of the crotch length than outer leg width. The moxi shorts have a higher waistband, which I prefer.
For my next pair, I ended up combining the two patterns.
I even put in a waistband pocket.
I haven't worn them running yet, but they were comfortable for a day out over the Easter weekend.
Finding suitable fabric for running shorts is hard. For both shorts, I used stretch woven poly/lycra fabric from The Fabric Fairy. I used swimwear lycra for the outer waistband and supplex for the inner band. I used the supplex for comfort, but am wishing that I had used something a bit more quick dry as they think these shorts would be good for hiking holidays.