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Work It: Edition 7

This month is all about fitness! If you read my last post, you know my sisters and I are on a fitness kick!! I am loving it! So, for this month’s edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, I had to make some workout clothes!

New workout clothes are one of the best ways for me to refresh my motivation to continue working out.  They’re exciting and I want to wear them.  Since they’re for working out, I am usually pretty good about not wearing them for, say, lounging around the house.  At least while they are new! 😉

Now, I hear you, this is the Diane jogger pattern, what hacking would I need to do to make workout bottoms?  None, if I wanted to stick with a simple jogger or short for working out.  But, I played tennis when I was younger, and I love a good tennis skirt!  The shorts attached and everything all comfy!  My problem is many patterns or RTW tennis skirts aren’t the combo I’m looking for.  The skirt is too big, or the shorts too short, or the waistband just being weird.  So this was the perfect opportunity to make exactly what I wanted for a workout skirt!  (I’d call it a running skirt, but after three knee surgeries, running isn’t my favorite activity.)

This was a SUPER easy hack!  I cut shorts at the hemmed shorts cutting line, and used the knit waistband.  For the skirt pieces, I laid my leg piece along the fold of the fabric, and drew an a-line skirt 2 inches longer than I cut the shorts.  I didn’t want a super long, or super short skirt, but I also wanted the shorts to be long enough to not just bunch up and be weird with these mermaid thighs!  I cut a second set of the yoke, and used that on the skirt as well, which I think is a cute addition to the skirt!

I constructed the skirt and shorts as usual.  Then just matched them up and added the waistband all together.  They turned out exactly as I was hoping!  Not too wide of a skirt, so it doesn’t feel like a tent.  But not so fitted that it rides up on this hourglass.  Plus super comfy and energized!  With these, I am almost ready for some circuit training!

Obviously, I need a top!  The x-factor tank is super similar to my favorite RTW tank, so I figured I’d give it a try.  I chose the gathered tank version, but instead of gathering, I wanted box pleats!  Unfortunately, 5oo4 hasn’t updated this one with their full sizing yet, so some adjustments were needed to the skirt.  (My bust and waist fall on the old size chart, it is just these hips of mine that don’t.)  Instead of altering the shape of the a-line skirt (as if I was grading), I decided to just widen the entire skirt and deepen the box pleats so the top of the skirt matched the bottom of the bra.

Super simple alterations and I ADORE this tank!!  I want to live in it.  Seriously.  Part of that is because, for the second month in a row, I use Sly Fox Fabric swim knit.  This stuff is insane.  Seriously.  It is so comfortable and supportive.  The crisp, contrast between the black and white is just so lovely, I wish I’d ordered more of this floral print so I could make a date night dress.

I used some scraps from the black swim knit of the skirt to do binding, and I think it is the perfect contrast to finish off this gorgeous tank.  Sly Fox has a sale going on RIGHT NOW (ends July 21st), so snag some of the remaining swim knit while you can.  It is absolutely my favorite fabric right now.

Of course, 5 Out of 4 is giving away a $10 pattern credit so you can try an amazing pattern for yourself!  Enter to win and be sure to let me know what you think of this workout outfit and the entire Work It series!

Stephanie xx

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Work It: Edition 6

Here we go again!! It is full on summer here in Atlanta and it isn’t just heating up, it is hot. This makes me long for a warm beach, a cool breeze, and gentle waves to play in! How does this pertain to another edition of Work It: 12 Months, 1 Pattern, No Repeats, you ask? I can’t go playing in the ocean without some great swim pieces, can I?!

That’s right, I took the 5 Out Of 4 Diane Joggers pattern that I’ve been using and hacked them into swim shorts!! This was actually a really fast sew and turned out so cute and versatile!! Here are the pattern details…

I chose shorts length, but shortened to have a 2.5 inch inseam. I wanted short, but not too short. Don’t forget seam/hem allowance when measuring a new inseam!! I chose the yoga waistband, so I could wear it unfolded, and pulled all the way up. This gives me some coverage when I’m actually swimming, if my tank flies up. (This is the one thing I really hate about tankinis. Great for the sand, annoying in the water.)

The real fun comes in with the hack! I cut two sets of front legs and two sets of back legs, and two sets of back yokes. I sewed them up as if they were two separate shorts. Instead of using swim lining, I cut them both out of this AMAZING solid navy swim fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics. (I’ll talk more about that in a minute.) I usually use swim lining for suits, but with shorts, I just wanted that extra thick layer. Plus, the rest of the hack means it is great for the inside to match the outside!

After I sewed the shorts together along the bottom hem of each leg, I added elastic to the hem as well, to make sure they didn’t stretch out and show off more than I wanted to. Ok, if I’m being completely honest, I sewed the elastic at the same time as sewing that seam. I’m super lazy and hate sewing twice, if I can finish it once. Then I flipped them wrong sides together and stitched the side seams together (stitch in the ditch style!). I just used a long straight stitch and haven’t had a problem, but you could use a stretch stitch if you like. Then I sewed another line of stitching 1/2 inch on either side of the side seam. This created the casing for these fun ruching ties!

To create the ties, I just cut 4 pieces of 2 inches wide by 24 inches long, then sewed each one together along one short edge and the long edge, right sides together. Flip them right sides out and boom! Four lovely ties that I can slide into those channels. I did just slice small holes at the end of the channels, as far to the back as possible, but still on top of the seam and elastic, so my ties can come out the bottom. Tie them in a knot and done!

These ruching ties give me the option to wear them as shorts, reducing chafing and giving a bit more coverage/comfort while walking out and about or playing on the beach. But, I can squish the shorts up those ties (or ruche them, if you will), and I have some kick ass booty shorts (pun intended). I can swim without them shifting and add a cute feature that, I think, shows off my assets quite nicely. I have a comparison here to show how they really wear at both lengths. They both have the fun knot feature. It is a bit more pronounced with more of the ties showing when ruched. And my booty is rocking however I wear them!

I did mention this top a bit above, but this is the 5oo4 Rosanna. I LOVE this as a dress, so when I knew I was going to hack some swim bottoms, I knew I wanted this as a swim top. The straps are wide without being too wide. There is a built in shelf bra, with instructions to add foam cups, and it is just dang cute. This was my first time adding foam cups. They are a little wide, and I’ll probably move them over when I have some spare time (HAH!), but I love them! They definitely offer a bit of extra support and coverage and were surprisingly easy to put in. (To be fair, I stole cup pieces from a bra pattern, so they are actually a good size for me, and not just nipple covers.)

I was extra thrilled I could cut those front panels from scraps after cutting out my shorts! Such a fun pop to add to this delightful plaid, and a great use of scraps, of course. So, let’s talk about this fabric. This is the shit. I have made quite a few swimsuits, and I have used everything from thin and oh, I hope my stuff doesn’t show through when this is wet, to holy thick and beautiful and easy to use, batman. Sly Fox brought it, hard, and tops out on the awesomeness chart for swim fabric!! Seriously. It is thick and lovely to work with. The colors are GORGEOUS!!! I can’t wait to see how it holds up in the sun and surf. (Amanda, I clearly need to come down to test this out.)

I can’t wait to try more of their swim fabric, since I am obsessed with sewing swimsuits. But beyond that, they have such lovely options. Beautiful prints and fun solids! Great for mix and match options (I definitely want to make some pieces that coordinate so I can mix it up with these two!) So be sure to check out and find a new favorite swimsuit on your sewing table before they sell out!!

As always, 5 Out Of 4 Patterns is giving away a $10 pattern credit that you can enter to win here and be sure to let me know what you think of this month’s sews!

Stephanie xx