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2019 Resolution #1: Being Reflective


One night when I was going to yoga class, it was a rainy night and in the parking lot, I almost ran over a woman because I couldn't see her!  This got me thinking about how I could make my own work-out jacket more visible at night.  I had purchased a pack of pink reflective tape a couple of years ago when Hancock fabrics was going out of business.  It included three widths of tape that you just iron on.  I couldn't decide which width I liked best, so I used all three!  I added some of the wide width on the back, medium width on the sleeve seam and thin width at the front yoke.  I think that it really made the jacket a lot more interesting as well as making it safer to walk at night!


I made an entire set of workout wear to go with the jacket as well.  For my jacket, I used Butterick 6386 for the pattern.  For the leggings, I used Simplicity 8212.  All of my fabrics came from Fabric Mart.  I only used the printed knit to line the hood, and the majority of the jacket was made using navy and dusty blue solid activewear knits.   I sew all of them with a serger and then use a coverstitch for hems and neckbands.  
Both patterns worked well with minimal tweaking, and I would recommend both of them.  The jacket has some interesting lines, and I like the way the front pockets are worked in the curve of the front. Although I generally prefer things on the loose side, I discovered that you really do want your leggings to be snug.  Otherwise, they just look wrinkly which is not a good look!  There are quite a few legging patterns out there to choose from- some with pockets and different options for piecing.  I chose this one because it had both a simple version and a more complex version, two lengths, and two waistband heights.  I decided that I like the higher waistband, so it was nice to have the options.


The cording is white cotton cording that I dyed blue and then wrapped scotch tape around the ends to keep it from fraying.  I've done this method before, and it lasts.


I forgot to add length to the sleeves and they came up too short for me. Luckily I had enough of the navy knit to make cuffs to make the sleeves the right length for me.

The next piece that I made to go with the jacket was a tank top using Butterick 6571.  I chose this because of the diamond shape insert that I thought would reflect the diamond shapes in the print that I was using.  I left off the sleeves, and just bound the entire armhole.

The top part of the tank fit me well, but it was too snug in the midsection.  So, I added a triangle of the navy knit on the sideseams.    This was one of those "make it work" moments, but I think it actually improved the look, as it navy insert lines up well with the navy insert in the  capri length leggings.


For my second pair of leggings, I used a strip of the print in the front panel, and solid navy in the back panel, with the majority of the legging being made from the dusty blue knit.  These are View D of the legging pattern- the high rise capri.  I really like this legging pattern.  It's easy and fits just like a ready to wear legging would.


One thing that I find a little tricky with activewear knit is being able to tell the wrong side from the right side, as I believe that some of them are wicking and breathable, and if you reverse the sides, you might not get those wonderful benefits. So, I usually will stretch the knit and see which side the cut edge curls to, and I call that the right side.


If you've taken a yoga class, then you know that it's smart to bring something warm to wear both as you are warming up and cooling down, as the room might be chilly.  So, I made a loose fitting t-shirt out of a solid blue cotton/lycra knit using View A of Simplicity 1463.  I added 4 inches to the length of it, so that I could lift my arms and still have plenty of length.



So, altogether I made a jacket, 2 pairs of leggings- one full length and one capri length, 2 tops- one printed tank and one long sleeved solid t-shirt.  I should be set for a while!  I really loved making these pieces, and I know that I will love wearing them as well.





 Have you tried making your own activewear?  What has your experience been?

Happy Sewing!

Ann

Comments

  1. I love that when you sew, you really go all out! I think all of the pieces look lovely together, and the reflective tape is such a wonderful idea. We have a jogger who wears all black at night, and it alarms me so much I always drive slowly through our neighborhood. Lovely job!

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  2. I love, love all the garments together. I will have to try the sweatshirt pattern as I like how the pockets look on this, plus color blocking opportunity. Great job as usual!

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  3. I am in love with all the pieces you sewed and wish you the best in 2019!

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