I started running last May using the Couch Potato to 5K plan. If you have any desire at all to run, try this plan- it works! I really look forward to running, and I never, EVER thought I would say that!
But going into my first winter running has me a bit scared about staying warm. I live on the edge of town, and the winds can get pretty strong. Ready to wear running jackets for winter are really pricey if you get high tech fabrics. So, when I saw this hooded jacket (named Ginger) in the latest Ottobre Pattern magazine I thought that with the right fabric choice, this could be a great running jacket for winter.
Then, with luck, I found some high tech wind block fleece for $2/yard. This fabric was light blue on one side and plum on the other. Kind of a weird color combo, but I was only planning on using one side on the outside, so it didn't matter. You also need 4 zippers, and a lightweight poplin fabric for the inside pocket.
The jacket has a kangaroo pocket on the inside, perfect for holding my keys and cell phone. The pockets are zipped, so I don't need to worry about things falling out of my pockets while I'm running.
There are also 2 zippers in the raglan sleeve seams by the neck. This is great for unzipping when you want to cool down after your run. Normally, zippers are one of my least favorite things to do in sewing, and this was no exception. But I have to admit, that they were worth the effort in terms of functionality of the garment.
The original hood turned out to be too small for me. Luckily, I had enough fabric left to cut a new hood and facing. I added 2 inches to the height and that was probably a little much, but now I can pull it down over my face if it is snowing. I think that the original pattern would have worked if my fabric had been stretchier, but my fleece just has a tad bit of stretch to it.
The temperature dropped into the 30's last week with winds, so I got a chance to try it out, and it worked great! I was warm and not bothered by the winds at all. I will definitely make this again if I can find some more windblock fleece at a good price.
Here I am ready to go for a run. The leggings are made from Dry-Flex- another great sport fabric. I do recommend this pattern, but try on the hood before you sew it to your jacket, just in case:)