In the last 4 years, I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on Fabletics. I do not regret it because Fabletics leggings are made with quality fabric and manufactured well. All have endured more workouts than my $59 Nikes and I now own an extensive collection. But I’m tired of giving them my money for matching sets….
Last weekend I continued to stare at this fabric that I’ve owned for 3 years. It’s vibrant, colorful yet for 3 years I refused to cut it until I found the perfect sewing pattern for it. (Lord knows that I wish that I could remember where I purchased it)
Instead of going the Greenstyle Creations route, I am determined to start using some of my paper patterns in my stash this year. Therefore, I decided on using two old Simplicity patterns (#8560 and #8561) to get some use out of them. Simplicity’s sizing normally doesn’t work well with my body type but given the 4 way stretch requirement I thought that this could potentially be a winner. Normally I must size up. Coincidentally, both patterns have been part of my stash for over 2 years.
Because the fabric is “busy”, I opted to not use my Maxilock Swirl thread or my coverstitch. This was made on my Babylock Crescendo sewing machine and am I really proud of the craftsmanship. My seams matched up perfectly and this is the first time that I did not make a garment in a day. I paced myself, basted as necessary and doublechecked my seam alignment.
The sports bra is (drumroll please) reversible and the leggings have pockets. I was looking forward to a sunny day to take photos outdoors but I’m so proud of this that I had to share it NOW!
Modifications: I added swim elastic in the sports bra band for elasticity
Would I make this again?: (In my Eva Pigford voice) Girl!!!!!! (In the middle of making it, I ordered more fabric. Yes, yes, yes!
Difficulty: Easy IMHO. The sports bra cones in various styles. As long as you mark & notch your fabric you can do this too.
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