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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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SUAT Ursula

I’m so excited to be writing about my first pattern test since starting this blog. I have been extremely lucky to test for quite a few different designers. Some of them I stay with for the long haul (as long as they’ll have me), some I’ve done one and walked away for one reason or another.

Stitch Upon a Time is a great pattern company with some really fantastic patterns. I’m not going to lie, prior to this test, I had only tried the underpants. I freaking love the underpants. So to have an opportunity to try out SUAT’s take on leggings was super fun!

Leggings are not new to me at all. And there are so many patterns out there. So, why this one? Well, let me say, Jennifer really cares about getting just the right fit so everyone looks and feels amazing in her patterns! (Let’s say, I hope she let’s me test for her again!) Plus, the time it saves to start with a pattern, rather than hacking a cool feature is tremendous!

The Ursula’s were quick, easy to sew and so pretty! I just love the diamond cutout option!!! Plus, the skirted option is a petal skirt!! So. Much. Fun!!

I kept it simple for my final version with capris in this ridiculous neon athletic fabric from Fabric Mart, which I toned down with some grey topstitching and a contrasting waistband.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about working with the SUAT team, was that I got to choose the details of my final!! Sometimes it is quite nice to be assigned options, but sometimes, I get assigned things I’m not the most comfortable with. This pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is half the point of testing. But, since they let me choose my own stuff, I feel like my comfort and happiness really show in the final photos!

My final was actually my third pair from this test!! And I love all three! I started with the diamond cutouts in this really fun coral print that I picked up from Hancock Fabrics before they closed. (Anyone else still sad about that?)

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I clearly love bright colors. They make me happy. And, to be honest, any little happy that is also associated with the gym is a win. When I saw the petal skirt for the first time, I knew I had to go full on ridiculous and once again, add a Wonder Woman inspired piece to my wardrobe! Thankfully, my friends and family have accepted that I’m…awesome…and fully support my shenanigans. Both of these fabrics are also delightful scores from Fabric Mart!

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Now I have a great motivation to remember to hit the gym this week! Can’t wait!!

 

<3 Stephanie

On an aside, the tops I chose to wear with each are the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Agility Tank, a RTW tank from Old Navy that is still hanging out in my wardrobe, and a Patterns for Pirates Essential Tank with a zip-up also from ON. (I clearly need to sew some more workout tops!) They are all really comfy and great for working out or lounging. If you’re interested in any of the patterns or to check out the Fabric Mart, here are some links. Two of these are affiliate links. If you click and end up buying something, the designer sends me a little thank you.

Ursula Leggings

Agility Tank

Essential Tank

Fabric Mart