The time to wear tame gym gear is over, thanks to Funkifabrics*.
Dyesplosion was my first print choice from Funkifabrics. This print has lots of strong colours and various dyesplosion points.
You can see the size of the print when you click on the print image. The image is framed with a ‘tape measure’. That’s what drew me to choose dyesplosion. The challenge was getting the print placement as right as possible. As Funkifabrics is a UK fabric manufacturer I then choose two of FehrTrade’s patterns for this print.
Dyesplosion and Funkifabric’s lining are used to keep me ‘in place’. I chose XYT Y-back version and used a red lycra accent for a bit of interest.
This dyesplosion XYT top works well whether I have a tan or not. We’ve just hit Spring or you could say Spring has hit us in Australia, and so this is as fair as my skin gets.
There’s a huge dyesplosion spot on this print so I managed to place it on the side of my legs.
|Wearing dyesplosion duathlon leggings and one of my first XYT tops.|
The pockets break up this big print. So my cyclist thighs look like their exploding.
I’ve kept these leggings to above the knee length so I can wear these for boot camp training or cycling classes.
|Hamming it up before class|
The ‘gym style police’ suggested I wear these pieces separately. So I’ve complied with their request.
|The seams are overlocked.|
If you only have one sewing machine, you can sew this top up using a slim zigzag stitch for the seams and twin needle for top stitching.
I used the overlocker and coverstitch machines to sew these pieces together.
|Here on the left you can see the clear elastic has been zigzag stitched to the neckline. |
On the right I'm coverstitching it for a clean finish.
|See how nicely the coverstitching looks.|
The good news is my coverstitch machine loves this fabric!!! So that means it’s a sturdy quality fabric ie not flimsy.
|Here's an inside look at the XYT built in bra.|
The lining from FunkiFabrics has great recovery. It’s soft on my skin and it feels nicer than some of the powermesh I’ve been able to buy locally.
Wash and wear
As soon as this fabric arrived at my door step I threw this straight into the washing machine on normal cycle and then put it out on a very warm day. The colour held fast and I didn’t notice any shrinkage or colour fade. This print is as vibrant as it was when it arrived.
This print has no right way or ‘right side up’ to it. This fabric also has lots of stretch in all directions. So from my point of view, this is a versatile print. You can place your pattern pieces in any direction and get the most out of this fabric.
They manufacture unique and special activewear fabric. You can read more about them here.
Considering sewing your own activewear? Read Susan's activewear.
PS: The local gym now has me on CCTV - LOL.