Completed: New Workout Wear for 2018

6 Feb

I know. It’s a new year and my first finished project is workout wear. I actually meant to post this in January but I’ve fallen out of habit with blogging. And on that note… taking blog photos, apparently. Because, yikes. I’m sorry these are so bad, but not sorry enough to reshoot them haha.

In addition to being predictable and basic (lol workout gear in January amirite), making workout clothes isn’t necessarily my favorite thing to sew – but it sure beats buying them! I’ve found that I prefer my gear to be neutrals like grey and black (but really, anything but pink. ANYTHING. Why are all women’s workout clothes pink, anyway??) and I love having a zippered pocket to hold my phone while I run. Both of these can be difficult to find – and if you do find them, they can be quite expensive! I don’t think sewing necessarily saves you money, however, exercise gear can definitely be the exception to this.Β  Each of these pieces cost a fraction of what you would pay in a shop! And I had complete control of the fabric and fit – meaning, yes, I can wear all grey while I exercise mwahahaa

This post contains 3 pieces – a long sleeved, a tank with a built-in sports bra, and leggings for running and yoga.

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics<

I’ll start with the long sleeved pullover! This was a desperate need in my closet – I have very few workout tops to begin with (I prefer to exercise in just bottoms + a sports bra, as I generally am either doing hot yoga or running in the heat!), and absolutely none with any sleeves! While I do have a fleece hoodie, I wanted something lightweight that would be good for exercising when it is too cold for sleeveless but too warm for the hoodie.

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

I fucking LOVE this fabric and I was so happy to find it (and buy the last of it… ha! Sorry, not sorry). This cool star print is a polyester/bamboo wicking fabric from The wrong side is white, and the whole thing has a texture that is really similar to a pique. It’s lightweight and breathable, and the perfect light layering piece.

The pattern I used is the Surf to Summit Top from Fehr Trade. I wanted something raglan with a half zip (so, like a cross between a tshirt and a hoodie), so this pattern was perfect! I made a size XXS based on my measurements, but I think I could have stood to go up a size as it is quite tight and there are a bunch of drag lines. Not sure if this was a sizing error on my part, or something I messed up with the construction – or perhaps my fabric wasn’t stretchy enough? The shirt is definitely still wearable but, yeah, notes for next time!

Construction-wise – I sewed this on my serger (save for the parts with the zipper, which were done on a regular sewing machine), and used my new coverstitch machine to mock flatlock all the seams and hems for a sporty look. Protip – don’t make the mistake I did and try to flatlock the underarm seams. Giant PITA and it doesn’t look great. On the flip, you can’t really see it and I’ve learned my lesson haha. This was one of the first projects I made with my coverstitch so there are sections where the tension is super wonky – I was learning as I went!

The teal zipper was unintentional – basically all I had in my stash – but I actually quite like the contrast! I still have a bit of this fabric left so I might make it into a tank. I fuckin love me some star prints, can you tell? ha!

Pneuma Tank made with Mood Fabrics

Pneuma Tank made with Mood Fabrics

Pneuma Tank made with Mood Fabrics

The second piece I made is the Pneuma Tank from Papercut Patterns, which is a sports bra with an attached tank top and cool strapping detail. I’ve made the bra version before, but not the tank. I used this heathered wicking and anti microbial performance jersey for the outer, and black max-dri anti microbial performance jersey for the sports bra. I also lined my sports bra with black power mesh, for additional support (I should note, I don’t require much support and tend to be fine with lightweight, single layer sports bras like this. If you need more support, this probably isn’t the pattern for you. At least not for something like running or jumping around). The elastic edges and black bra strapping were sourced from my stash.

I love this tank, but again, I have noted improvements for my next version. For one – I think I got a little overzealous with shortening the straps and now they are too short, making the neckline a bit too high. I am probably going to cut those off and replace them because the shortness makes them borderline uncomfortable. I also think my main fabric (the grey) has a little too much body for this design. The sides flare out at the bottom, which I’m not crazy about. According to the product photo on the website, they definitely used a softer, more drapey fabric so I will try that next time. I do like the design for yoga – there’s a lot of opportunity for airflow, and the shirt stays in place when you bend over. I also think it would be really awesome to wear as a regular tank top, but I might make the bra a little less flattening πŸ˜›

Pneuma Tank made with Mood Fabrics

Pneuma Tank made with Mood Fabrics

Again, I made this with my serger and hemmed with my coverstitch. I used my regular sewing machine to apply the elastic.

Pacific Leggings made with Mood Fabrics

Pacific Leggings made with Mood Fabrics

Pacific Leggings made with Mood Fabrics

Finally, I made some new leggings for running and yoga! These are my favorite; I love everything about them and have worn them for nearly every workout since I finished this (except when they are still in the wash haha). I used another max-dri performance fabric from Mood Fabrics for this – I bought several colorways for my stash, and I love it! I ESPECIALLY love that it’s not see-through when you stretch it. I added a zipper to the back so I can carry my phone when I’m running. The pattern is the Pacific Leggings from Sewaholic Patterns. I’ve made this pattern a few times before – both the full length leggings and shorts (only blogged about the shorts, though)- and they are so great for exercising. The zippered pocket is big enough to hold my phone, the fit is spot on, and I love the seaming details. There are options in this pattern for doing some cool colorblocking, but, in case you haven’t noticed – I am plain, plain, plain these days! (I like to say that my plain clothes provide a neutral backdrop for my ~colorful personality~ haha).

To highlight the seaming, I mock flatlocked the seams with my coverstitch (and, again, sewed the leggings on my serger except for the fiddly bits like inserting the zipper and elastic, which I did on my sewing machine). It took some trial and error with the tension and needle size – lots of imperfect parts to the stitching – so don’t look too close! They are totally wearable, though, and I love them! The mock flatlock adds a nice layer of strength without compromising stretchiness, and it keeps the seams really flat so you don’t get chafed (lol jk I definitely don’t run long/far enough for chafing to be an issue :P).

Surf to Summit Top made with Mood Fabrics

Anyway, that’s it for these pieces! Standard, basic pieces in boring-ass colors THAT MAKE MY HEART SING. Look! Even my running shoes are grey (do you have any idea how hard those were to find?? Ugh, seriously haha). Sometimes, making your own stuff doesn’t necessarily mean including all the colors and prints – and that’s ok!

For more activewear inspo, check out Cashmerette’s new plus-sized activewear, and the new book Sew Your Own Activewear from Fehr Trade!

*Note: The fabrics used in this post were provided to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network. All opinions are my own!


15 Responses to “Completed: New Workout Wear for 2018”

  1. catherine February 6, 2018 at 9:46 am #

    Pink…. I know, there was a time when I would say PINK? JEEZ that’s for cheerleaders…. So in the 80’s, I wanted NUTHIN to do with it. Now…. sometimes pink is a happy color, and sometimes a girl’s workout wear is pink so those idiots on their cell phones don’t hit said girl on her bicycle…. At least that is my hope. Neo green didn’t seem to help so I’ve moved on to pink…. I too prefer black for my other activities. Especially tights….. I love the surf to summit sweater/pullover. It’s quite similar to my smart wool which was very pricey…. Sister every time you post somthin about that coverstitch machine, I am one step closer to working some OT for one. Yes, I am coveting your machine… Thanks again for putting a smile on my face and giving me a hint of inspiration in the morning. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD February 6, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Thank YOU for putting a smile on my face! Your comments always make me so happy, it’s always so lovely to hear from you πŸ˜€

      • catherine February 7, 2018 at 8:51 am #


  2. heather February 6, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    so cool! really fantastic! & that fabric is something i will probably spend too much time trying to find- ha! look very professional (seaming, etc.) πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD February 6, 2018 at 11:11 am #

      Haha yeah I was really excited to find the fabric! I hope you are able to find something similar too πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  3. Jane February 6, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Someone needs to come out with a pattern where you can include those removable foam boobs like they have in tops from Athleta or LuluLemon. I know those things are massively overpriced, but they’re great for chafing/preventing nippage (TMI? — sorry! haha).

    • LLADYBIRD February 6, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      The Sewaholic Dunbar top + bra has an option for removeable foam boobie inserts! I have made the bra, but didn’t add the inserts. Maybe on a future one! πŸ™‚

      • Jane February 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        OMG thank you so much…how did I not notice that before?!?

    • ule February 7, 2018 at 8:42 am #

      Aren’t you super sweaty will all that padding? I can’t even wear normal padded bras when I’m not exercising, I get hot in my plexus and I hate that. Nipples4ever πŸ˜€
      This grey set looks nice, although I’m all about crazy prints for workout gear. That’s why the zipper is obv my fave part πŸ˜‰ Colorful prints or qood quality lycra in general are notoriously hard to get in my country, and I’m not a person to pay crazy shipping and tax on overseas orders 😦
      Thus my only experiment with workout gear was a sports bra in the making from some scraps that met its sad fate when I got it caught under the serger knife. The hole was small and at a seam, and I could salvage it, but I simply figured that I can’t possibly make a better sports bra than I already own and it’s 5€ only. Maybe another time, when I actually need more. Maybe they’ll import some parrot-print lycra to my country by then.

  4. liz-o-matic February 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Every time I see the Pneuma Tank I think to myself ‘Man… I really need to make one of those…. super cute and functional!’ ….And then I remember I’m a DD and need ALL the support 😦 😦

  5. Miss Celie February 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    I just spent time googling around to see if this fabric would magically appear someplace. Like, I REALLY want it, lol. Great pieces all together.

  6. Jill February 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Yes to home sewn athletic wear. I can’t tell you the money I’ve spent on “extra-large” sports bras that either choke the life out of me or squish me into a uniboob. And the shirts that fiti on top but let my potbelly blip out from underneath – or are long enough to cover the belly but fall over my shoulders on top. No happy medium there at all. I don’t think athletic companies understand women’s sizes or women’s curves at all. Your makes are awesome!

  7. fionaparker17 February 8, 2018 at 2:42 am #

    Love all of these Lauren! They look super professional! The pacific leggings are my go to workout pattern, love the way the waistband sits. I’ve just made a Pneuma and am completely in love with it. Must try the surf to summit top, it looks like a really nice fit

  8. Accordion3 February 8, 2018 at 4:34 am #

    Recently made two rash tops for swimming and sun protection. I also used the Fehr trade pattern. It is terrific!

    Like you, I also saved a lot of money compare to RTW. I am now hooked on making exercise gear and hanging out waiting for my Fehr Trade book to arrive.


  1. 2018: A Year in Review | LLADYBIRD - December 31, 2018

    […] Misses for 2018: Workout Tank + Shirt […]

Yay, comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: