Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Jumpin' jacks

Well I can safely jump, skip and run up hills in a sleeveless top without fretting about wearing the right sports bra. Melissa from FehrTrade has solved dilemma with her XYT workout top. She's also developed PB Jam leggings. I pattern tested these with a group of testers and she's worked through our personal feedback.
Above is my first X-back version using dancewear lycra from The Remnant Warehouse. The bra lining uses 2 layers of powermesh. I love this stuff now.
My first X-back is a bit wide across the back on my first attempt but it still did the job I never imaged could be achieved.
Then I decided to use the checked poly spandex knit above that I bought from Clear it outlet in Melbourne last month.
When I wore the first version to the gym, it was a tad short for side stretches.
So this second x-back version was lengthened by 4cm. As the print is so wearable, I'll be wearing it this summer as a weekend top.
This top covers me where I need it.
This is the Y-back version and I'm wearing the second PB Jam leggings. The Y-back is just as supportive as the x-back top. 
The leggings above were the first version and as you can see from the side seams, they needed to be sewn in a touch more. The back knee piece was at calve level so I raised this on the second pair. I used XS for both the top and leggings. I also did a sway back adjustment on the centre back piece.
Kyle has been asking for a pic of me running with a tyre at morning training. I haven't been able to get this pic yet, so here's one scaling a rope jungle gym. Thankfully there were no kids around to laugh at me.
Those tummy rolls are mine. There's no airbrushing.
DH took these shots so he would have called an ambulance if I had fallen off the ropes like an idiot. You've think I was in primary school being so silly.

Now because the bra lining was so good, I've used this on the next summer dress you'll see and the halter dress you saw earlier. I added the bra lining on both dresses after I'd made them so don't judge my crude sewing. The result however works, like a glove.

If you want to take a closer look at these patterns, visit Melissa's blog. 

20 comments:

BeaJay said...

Wow - Lara Croft look out - Velosewer is the new commando. Great - you look ready to take on anything.

Kristy said...

The first top in the sparkly dance wear Lycra looks like it would be perfect for a spot of heavy duty dancing in a nightclub! And I did laugh at the sight of you climbing those ropes - my kids fall off them all the time and it's far from dignified! Merry Christmas Maria, look forward to catching up with you again in the New Year.

Louise said...

Wow Im exhausted just looking at those pics. It never fails to amaze me how different one pattern can look in a completely different fabric. Happy Christmas Louise

sewbusylizzy.com said...

I've got a gym top just like that first one that I love... very tempting!
Merry Christmas & hope to see you soon in 2014!

Vicki said...

Looking good! Merry Christmas!

Kirsty said...

You go girl! These look so great. especially love the check one.

Summer Flies said...

You are a professional pattern tester! Great job - watch those ropes. I hope you have a great Christmas Maria.

Kyle said...

Is there any pattern you haven't tested? I nominate you for pattern tester of the year!

Hee for substituting the picture of you climbing the ropes, in lieu of a pic of you carrying a tyre.

Merry Christmas!!

Remembering..OZ said...

Wow love these...I'm always looking for alternatives to what is out there for sale, since I'm only 5'. Plus won't look like everyone else at the gym. Fantastic job!!!

fabric epiphanies said...

Thank you. I am so going to buy this! Your first version reminds me if a piece of fabric I bought recently and got it home before my daughter announced it looked like something a male stripper would wear. I now have a plan for it, thank you!

Scruffybadger said...

Wonderful versions!! They look great on you and the top fits perfectly. Great action shots too! Have a happy Christmas :-)

Dk's Wife said...

They all look great. I especially like the X back.

Merry Christmas.

Judith said...

You are definitely a little bundle of energy! Merry Christmas, stay fit and healthy and keep on having fun in life ... J

Sheila said...

Great workout apparel... you look fab.

theperfectnose said...

Love this post. So dynamic! The pic from the back with the leg stretches is the best. Keep rockin' lady!

theperfectnose said...

Love this post. So dynamic! The pic from the back with the leg stretches is the best. Keep rockin' lady!

redsilvia said...

You've talked me into it! I blame you for enabling ;-)

Love your tops and pants. I hope mine will turn out half as well as yours.

Sue said...

Fabulous tops and you look the perfect model for them - very fit looking! I love the idea of making these gym clothes, but need to pick your brains on where to source the fabrics.

Joy said...

How fun to the top in action (: The fit looks really great.

Gail said...

Catching up on blog reading after 3 weeks in Italy. Great work on the gym gear and even more congrats for working out.

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