I've made a few pairs of Fehr Trade Duathlon capris, some with minor variations on the pattern. Also a few more VNA tops, all lengthened by around 2 inches following the instructions in the pattern to a length I prefer on me. I've started making them as sets, I don't always wear them this way, but it does make packing the gym bag much easier if I do. Here are a couple of example sets:
Black & Lilac Set
The VNA top is black with a tiny print of lilac stars and I used plain lilac for the neck and arm bindings.
I modified the duathlon capris to 3/4 length (somewhere between capri and legging length) and redrew the contrast strip and lower legs so that the contrast wraps around. The lilac contrast is a lighter weight than the main legging fabric so before finishing the waistband and hem I overlaid a piece of powermesh on the inside which is held in place by zig zag topstitching on the outside.
Coral & Mesh Set
This was a fun print to use on the VNA top mixed with a plain black lower bodice. The duathlon leggings, again 3/4 length, have a piece of powermesh inserted on the lower contrast band. I moved the contrast band seam down so that the transparent mesh part is only below the knee.
Finally, inspired by Two On Two Off's million versions of Jalie 3245, I purchased the PDF pattern and made View C, the sleeveless tank in a very bright coral fabric. I made size V based on my measurements which fell somewhere between a U & V and am really happy with this first version.
I will be making the sleeved versions for everyday wear too, although I will probably raise the neckline a little. The instructions are great and it is very easy to put together. The binding treatment is interesting, it is wrapped to the outside of the top, turned under and zig zagged in place. Even with my slightly wobbly topstitching it makes for a nice finish. The only thing I did differently was to shorten the hem allowance from 2cm to 1cm - the hem is quite curved and I found it difficult to turn in that much without getting pleats. It looks really wobbly in the dressform photos above, but that's just the way it is draping, it came out alright in real life!
I'm wearing it here with a plain pair of navy leggings that I also made from the Duathlon pattern, but I eliminated the side contrast band and just added the width back to the side seams. I know there are many plain leggings patterns out there that I could have used instead, but I know that these fit me so it was easier to just modify my existing pattern.
I love all these! I've made the Duathlon shorts and a muslin of the VNA top . The wrap around band on the leggings looks so cool - must try that!ReplyDelete
All of your sets look so impressive. I adore the wrap around band on your leggings too.ReplyDelete
Great fit on each piece too.
These all look great, very nice sets. I like the idea of the powermesh in the lower leg, very RTW.ReplyDelete
Would it be bad if I made cute work out clothes like yours but didn't actually work out?ReplyDelete
Really great and flattering work out gear. What fabrics are you using?ReplyDelete
I love all your VNA tops. Super cute. And yes, I'm slightly addicted to Jalie. :)ReplyDelete
They look brilliant. Anything that encourages you to get to the gym is a good thing - I think I need to start sewing sets!ReplyDelete
Everything looks like you mean business in the gym! I like that finish on the last Jalie top - interesting, and a very clean result. I am impressed with anyone who makes workout gear, as that is probably not on my bucket list (ditto bras and undies).ReplyDelete
You certainly have your active wear sorted out and love the way you have curved the seam on the Duathlon.ReplyDelete
Great exercise clothes. They all look great.ReplyDelete
Ok, all of your cute outfits are making me feel highly guilty about slacking off and not hitting the gym!ReplyDelete
Great looking workout clothing. I love the fabric and color combinations. I find having fun, well fitting active wear is an added incentive to exercise. And I need all the incentives I can find.ReplyDelete
Great workout gear! I love the purple and black leggings--those are my favorite out of all the gym gear you made.ReplyDelete
The coral pattern is fantastic. I should make my own gym gear, but to date have been a bit lazy.ReplyDelete
Ooh! This is stylish. I have to shop for work out clothes majorly. It has been a year that I bought some good clothes for myself. It is very important to be comfortable while you are working out. So, I think it’s time I buy some clothes. Thanks for sharing this post.ReplyDelete
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