Seriously I think I need an intervention... cant. stop. making. gym. clothes....
I decided this week I needed another gym top and shorts... I can't keep up with having clean gym clothes in this hot weather. I also thought it might be good to have a gym shirt more covered in the shoulders as the weather starts cooling off. So I decided to try a pattern a few have recommended on Pattern Review - Lekala 4273 - Sports Vest . I put in my measurements and received my pattern and I have to say I am impressed with the fit.
I used supplex for the purple panel, sports mesh for the shoulder yokes and side panels and tactel nylon lycra for the back. I got the mesh and the tactel from Joelles ebay store. I saw mesh used like this on a friend's top at the gym through the week and thought it would work well and (hopefully) look RTW.
|Shown large so you can you see the mesh in the shoulder yoke panels.|
The only alteration was to lengthen the top by 1cm. I would lengthen it a bit more next time I make it and perhaps curve the hem to make it look a bit more current like Blooms has done on some of her gym tops.
I thought about making the armhole deeper as I am used to them that way on my gym tops but tried it as it was and found it wasn't uncomfortable.
I was very impressed with the fit, particularly around my shoulders and upper back. Giving the bust and under bust measurement must make this a better fit I think.
I also made another pair of shorts. My gym of choice is a crossfit box and I have been going for half a year now. The pics above show my new top paired with my Jalie shorts which I love, but they are made of supplex and I find they are pilling on the bottom as the floor is quite rough on them. So I decided to try a fabric with a harder finish and found this black fabric which is a nylon lycra blend but called Tactel. It seems tougher... it was hard to get a pin through the fabric and I think it blunted my sewing machine needle going by the skipped stitches in my next garment. So I shall see how it wears. I decided to use the opportunity to trial a new pattern - the Papercut Anima Pants.
I was pretty happy with how the pattern went together. I made them as per the pattern. The only changes I might make next time is leave off the faux fly (to make the front crotch easier to adjust) and to maybe add some width to the inner thigh area. Overall I like this pattern and want to make the long version for comfy pants. The photo is the shorts flat. I don't think this fabric photographs well so probably won't be bothering to get a photo on me, but I will be using these a lot for gym and am interested to see how they wear.
So, do I need an intervention? Ciao kittens...