Fehr Trade Workout Gear, Round 2
My last post was a detailed review of an involved project, and in this post I have a quick update on some patterns I’ve enjoyed and made up again. I liked my test versions of the Fehr Trade XYT top and Steeplechase leggings so much that I made some more of them to wear to my Zumba classes.
I made very few changes from my test version, but I did think of one. Since these clothes are meant to withstand lots of movement and washing rather than look super professional, I used a three step zig zag for my hems and waistband elastic. I’m sure that the twin needle works well on some machines, but on mine it just doesn’t stretch enough to work on tight fitting clothes like this.
The leggings are exactly the same as my first pair–same pattern with no adjustments and same fabric from Fabric.com–except that I added some gray flat piping. Adding this little accentuation of the design lines makes these capris feel even sportier, and it wasn’t all that difficult to do.
I thought I had purchased just enough fabric for two pairs of capris, but I had a fair amount left over (though not enough for a third pair of capris, or I totally would have done that). I was able to get another entire “Y” tank out of the leftovers as well as some pieces to mix and match. It’s not the most exciting top, but it will certainly come in handy.
I shook things up a bit by making some “X” tops, too. They would look sharper without my sports bra poking through the back, and there is an option to include a bra in the tank itself, but I’m not ready to give up the support and padding just yet! This top has a front and X made out of leftovers from a wrap dress that I’m hoping to photograph and share later this week, and the bottom back made from the leggings leftovers.
Finally, this one is made from leftovers from a top I made last fall. If you’re really eagle-eyed, you may even notice that I’ve used slightly different widths of elastic on the top above: I just couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy new elastic when what I had on hand was close enough. This whole set of workout gear–three tops and one bottom–didn’t require purchasing any materials at all, which makes me feel pretty good.