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Jalie Anne-Marie running dress

So here it is, the running dress I made for my half-marathon in May. I used the Anne-Marie dress/top pattern from Jalie but did quite a few desiign modifications.

Mesh back. I added a big mesh panel in the back for instance and covered all the opening with a mesh fold-over elastic.

Skirt panels. To make the dress more fun I added diagonal panels in the front. Now this fabric (a very thin Meryl) was a beast to work with and the finishing is not up to my usual standard. This dress should have benefitted from a thicker and more stable fabric, but I had this fabric in three colours in my stash and loved the hues so I decided to use it despite the fact that I knew it would be problematic.

Side view. The pattern also has an optional built-in bra. Since the back was sheer I decided to use the bra, built-in bras are great but they often cause drag lines because that second layer is tricky to align. You can see those lines on the sides and also a hint of it in the front neckline.

As for the pattern, it is fitted around the tummy area, like many Jalie activewear patterns are. In hindsight, I should have traced up to a bigger size underneath the bust area as it sits a bit too tight on my tummy. The original pattern comes with a pocket in the back which is a cool feature but it didn’t work with my mesh panel design.

Matching shorts. Since the dress is quite short I added matching shorts. These prevent chafing and also provide some storage options. I used my own legging pattern and to stabilise the tight bands I lined them with power net. Still, the fabric is way too thin to use for shorts, these feel more like a pair of undies, to be honest!

Pockets. I added side pockets for all the stuff one needs when running for almost 2.5 hours! Mostly just my cell phone so that I could listen to music.

They are super comfortable and did their job, albeit the wrong fabric choice. I wear them sometimes as is, because they are really cool and transport moisture well, so great when exercising in the heat.


The end result. The dress was lovely to run in and the race was not bad either! I took my time and did some walk/run stuff since that is the only way I’ve been able to train this last few years due to a calf injury. It was my second 21K race, and I can see myself doing more in the future, and just focusing on the fun aspect and forget about times and all that stressful stuff!


  • Adrianne
    July 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Your running dress turned out fabulous! Also, I think it’s cool that you are identified by your name instead of number on your race card!

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you! Yes I agree, it really adds a personal touch having our name on the card. It is a really well organised race where they really go out of their way to create a great atmosphere both for the runners and the spectators

  • Ellen
    July 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    What a great creation, fun and practical.

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you! It really added another fun dimension to the run

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    July 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Congratulations on all counts Johanna! Running 21k is unimaginable to me…running 1 k would have me beating my chest like King Kong 🙂 But add to that you made your beautiful outfit as well is nothing short of AMAZING! Love your running dress and shorts – gorgeous colour and fit. I’m a huge Jalie fan, however not being the market for a “running dress” it isn’t high on my list. I just finished a Jalie pair of swimming shorts that turned out pretty good for a muslin. Will have to make some tweaks to get the fit right but couldn’t recommend the pattern more highly. Such a clever design.

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      I too am a huge fan of Jalie, both their commitment to excellence and their way of just staying true to their core and having very well drafted patterns and a fantastic range of sizes.

  • Eliz~
    July 27, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Really really nice. Cute too! I would love a running dress for walking. :o)

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Yes, that is an excellent idea! They really are super comfortable and I’m surprised dresses has not yet caught on for physical activities.

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    May 7, 2019 at 8:34 pm

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  • Cherry
    June 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Cute! Love the alterations.


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