I chose black and pink plus two mesh fabrics for my 'Valentine's day collection'.
During the week I practically live at the gym and now have a few new pieces to wear.
It's the middle of Summer here and I train both indoors and outdoors. Dodging mozzies during sunrise training sessions outdoors is an ongoing challenge. At the moment I do long runs on weekends and I've found compression wear tights help me train stronger and recover well.
The fine mesh is quite strong but isn't as stretchy as the lycra. The mesh on pink fabric can look like purple so that gives me more wear options.
The reflective piping has no stretch so I've learnt to apply it in small amounts and not have any piping in seam allowances. This creates bulk that can cause chafing or my overlocker to stop stitching.
On the pattern pieces, I added 2cm to the centre back seam length and lowered the derriere curve. I also shortened legs by 3cm at the lengthen/shorten line.
After making the test pair using View A or the 'leggings basics' pair, I took out more room around the knees.
On both Views A and B I then took another 4cm off the leg length and some more room out of the knee area.
On View B, I took the additional 4cm out of the lower leg panel rather than chop it off the lower panel length.
Sewaholic's instructions are very straight forward.
Sewaholic has put up a blog post about sewing in the gusset so you really can't go too wrong. Sewing in the gusset took me a few attempts but I'm more confident now. I've shortened the gusset and made it slimmer.
The beauty of Pacific leggings is you have 3 views you can 'play' with. In my case, the first pair (View A) used the plain waistband. The second version has the back zipper pocket and mesh and pink panels at the back.
This was my 'bright idea' and not part of the pattern.
Nice idea but it didn't work.
The pocket kept gaping open so I inserted a zipper and kept the original topstitching.
I learnt a lot making these leggings.
Here's the effect of the reflective tape piping. I dream about looking like a seeded runner wearing this pair. A girl can dream right?
This top has all the ready to wear features I want in a sports bra and/or support tee. The colour pieces and the binding are great for more design freedom. The internal bra has insert pieces so you can add bra cups. I'm searching for the right bra cups now.
The test crop bra is a 10. I adjusted the cup curves and width for a better fit and it ended up matching size 6. I then made the test top as a 6 and that's the size I kept using.
Below is a closer view of the finer mesh on the top.
This mesh is easy to work with.
This pink black version has a cool but not functional pocket on the back using the larger black mesh White Tree Fabrics has. This pocket idea is one I'd seen before so I thought it would be fun trying.
Sewaholic now has a blog post about sewing on the binding.
I misread the instructions and used normal elastic on the support bra panels. This elastic doesn't cause chafing and it's really firm so in effect, I have medium support bras built into these tops.
As I've said, sewing activewear is addictive. During this sewing frenzy, I decided to relearn how to use my coverpro machine watching free You Tube videos hence the neat top stitching on these pieces.
As a sewing addict, I sewed up the last pieces of fabric using New Look 6160 to make this top using the larger black mesh on the shoulder panels.
Here's a closer view of the mesh on the shoulder.
I'm actually wearing the pink Dunbar crop top underneath this top as my sports bra.
I still have plenty of the larger mesh fabric so I hope to develop a topper to these pieces soon.
While these pieces form a great collection, I'll be wearing these with other gym pieces I already have so I don't match all the time. But the beauty of this collection is I have a 'gym collection'.
Each piece is functional.
Each piece is 'one of a kind'.
That's the beauty of sewing your own clothes - gymwear included.
Thanks White Tree Fabrics for encouraging me to undertake this project. I've had such a ball making each piece and having the encouragement to be creative.
I can honestly say Sewaholic's patterns work and look great.
Hmm...the Sewaholic's Seymour Cape is now looking tempting for Autumn.