As we transition into fall, I’m thinking of what pieces I need for my activewear wardrobe. Where I live, the hot weather has come and gone and fall is whispering that it is coming soon.
While I love sewing and wearing activewear clothing, I wear it more for lounging than for working out. To quote Princess Diaries, “I am a synchronized-swimming, yoga-doing, horseback riding, wall climbing type girl.” Except I’m probably just a yoga-doing, swimming, walking, and hiking type girl.
ABP Stride Tights
I made these Inspire Athletic Tights earlier this summer. The fabric is an athletic brushed poly (ABP) in a beautiful floral print from The Styled Magnolia. ABP is one of my favorite fabrics for activewear because it is soft and fuzzy like regular brushed poly, but it has wicking properties and doesn’t feel hot in the heat. It also feels warmer to the touch than, say, a nylon/lycra would. ABP has a healthy amount of lycra, perfect for squatting, doing yoga, running, or anything else your heart desires!
I’ve tried a lot of activewear bases and I have to say, ABP is my absolute favorite! I want to add more solid tops made from it this fall to mix and match with my very colorful leggings collection! (I blogged a couple others here.)
Nylon/ Lycra Workout Top
Something I’ve also been trying to find time to make all year, is a solid black top to mix and match with my leggings. I got my hands on this beautiful Italian Stardust Nylon/Lycra from the Styled Magnolia and knew it would make a great top. This fabric has 20% spandex so it is also perfect for leggings, form-fitting tops, tanks and leotards and provides a high amount of compression.
I sized up the Valerie Rashguard x2. I could have made a simple top, but I wanted something super functional and fun, so I got to work.
Princess Seams + Pockets
I omitted the color-blocking panels under the arms and created a princess seam over the bust. This was really easy because I didn’t add any shaping to the side bust piece (My bust is small so I really don’t need it in the first place.) I added inseam pockets for a cell phone, keys, earphones, etc. and color-blocked using some poly/lycra.
*If you decided to modify a pattern and add panels, be sure to add your seam allowances back in!
Since long sleeves are difficult to push up, I modified the pattern again and inserted sleeve zippers. I covered the ends of the zipper with some fabric for a fashionable look. This step was not difficult, it just takes some extra time and patience. Be sure that you interface/stabilize the area where the zipper is to be added. You can also use fusible hem tape to keep the fabric in place while you sew the zipper in place.
Sometimes I don’t wear long sleeves for fear of overheating. When I get hot, I’ll now be able to unzip these sleeves and flip them up. This makes having a long-sleeved workout top so much more functional!