Friday, December 27, 2013

Fehr Trade XYT Workout Tops & a Fait Main Top (Plus A Discount Code!!)

The days are short and the weather is cold.  Blech!  I'm a more temperate climate sort of girl (I called San Diego home for about a year... WHY did I leave, it was near perfect?!!)  I've been out running hardly at all because there isn't enough daylight in the evening.  MAYBE I will join the gym around the corner in a few days for the rest of the winter until the amazing Spring days show up here in Baltimore again.  But none of this is stopping me from sewing more activewear! 

I was absolutely thrilled to be one of the pattern testers for Melissa of Fehr Trade's two new activewear patterns.  I LOVE this first pattern I have here, the XYT Top-- a running top with a REAL built in compression bra.  (I also tested the PB Jam Leggings, too... but you'll have to wait and see those on another post... they are so cool looking and most importantly functional, too.) **UPDATE: I've blogged about my PB Jam Leggings RIGHT HERE.

I made the "T" back version with a nylon/spandex print.  I got all of my materials (excluding the elastic) from a factory warehouse sale a few month back and paid sbout $1 or 2 for the yardage.  I was fresh from a 5K run on a blustery and cold day for all my photos here.  (I was wearing more layers over the top when I was outside!)


Fehr Trade XYT Workout Top
I first made a muslin based exactly on my measurements but I wanted to make a few tweaks to make it my very own.  The pattern has 10% negative ease, meaning it was comfortably snug, but I realized all of my other activewear tops are maybe 0-5% negative.  I like the top to basically be exactly my measurements.  I went up a 1/2 size and it worked out perfectly!



This wacky rainbow zebra top is a small in the bust, a medium in the waist and large in the hip.  I used a black athletic mesh with sewn in elastic on the edges for the back t-strap.  I lengthened the hem by 3" (7.6 cm).  I just like a longer top.  I shortened the front straps by 1" (2.5 cm) and increased the edge of the front arm opening by going up a size.  I found in my muslin that the front was a bit narrow for my chest and cause mild boob spillage and this corrected the issue.

I am in love with the built in compression bra!!  For reference, I normally buy a 36B/38A in RTW bra (U.S. sizing) depending on the style/brand/fabric.  Melissa has reported that other pattern testers with larger busts have had great success with this compression bra, too.  These photos below are actually a muslin but it looks identical to my finished one I'm wearing.  I did increase the width of the compression bra inside.  The fabric seemed to have much less stretch then what Melissa suggests in the pattern.  The first bra muslin (not pictured) was so tight I couldn't breath.  How much stretch a fabric has is very important when making a compression bra.  I've made a number of Jalie 2563  bras in one size--- some hold the girls down beautifully then a couple I have are useless because the fabric is waaaaaaaaaay to stretchy.


I've worn my XYT top several times for running and it has been perfect.  I use it to completely replace my usual running bra.  It's sort of a long-line sports bra for winter... it's a perfect extra layer.  And it's going to be fantastic in summer worn alone on top!! 


I love this top sooo much that I even made one for my 12 year old niece for Christmas.  She dances, runs and does lots of other fun, active things.  I wasn't sure what sort of compression she likes for her bras so I just left the bra out for her and simply made the "Y" version.  I made her polka dot top between a size XS and a S.  I totally forgot to get any photos of her wearing it on Christmas!  Glad I got a few on my mannequin here before I wrapped it... I had to make it the tiniest size to get the shirt on her!


I picked up this polka dot fabric from the Fabric Fairy this summer.  It's a nylon/spandex... I used the same black athletic mesh for the back.  I want one of my own like this.  I opted to stray a tad from the pattern here.  I made my own bindings for the neck and sleeve edges, serged them on, then used my twin needle to top stitch them.  Melissa gives perfect directions to finish your edges if you have a coverstitch machine or if you have a regular machine.  I have a serger and a regular sewing machine.  My bindings do add some width on the edges but that was okay with me.


The inside is just as cute.  I happen to have a spool of black and white polka dot ribbon for the back tag.  It was meant to be!

 
And I FINALLY sewed up a pattern from French sewing magazine Fait Main (coincidentally this Oct 2012 issue was a gift from Melissa when she was in Baltimore earlier this year.)  I adore this little pattern but know it won't be flattering on me because I have fuller hips.  An itty bitty teenage girl could rock this during dance class for sure.  I cut the smallest size and shortened it a little as well.





This is a super stretchy, soft teal fabric.  I'm not sure of the content, but it's likely a poly/nylon/spandex.  It will flow, move and drape nicely. I've had plans to make the sweatshirt pictured here on the magazine page also but haven't gotten around to it.    


And how sweet is it over the XYT Top!?  I am 100% sure I am making the Fehr Trade shirt again for me!!! I usually am a very selfish seamstress so this is oh so nice of me, huh?


Buy the Fehr Trade XYT Top pattern right here in Melissa's shop.  Don't forget to check out the PB Jam Leggings, too (you'll see mine soon!) Here is a lovely discount code you can use until January 2, 2014 for the new Fehr Trade activewear patterns, too!!! 
---Use the code "FEHRTRADEEARLYBIRD" for a 10% discount! ---

P.S. Not sure where to buy activewear or exercise fabrics?  I gotcha covered.  Melissa had a super smart idea and compiled a global list of retailers (both online and brick & mortar shops) who sell all this great technical fabric!  See the GLOBAL LIST OF ACTIVEWEAR FABRIC retailers here.

18 comments:

  1. Cute Kathy! I especially love the Fait Main top and the black and white polka dot exercise top!! :)

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  2. This pattern from Fehr Trade is definitely a winner for you Kathy. Well done on achieving the perfect fit.

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  3. I love it!! I am off to buy that pattern right now. I really love the other top too, over the Fehr Trade top. Looks like fantastic yoga wear to me!

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  4. You are really tempting me to try out some activewear, Kathy! Yours always look so amazing!

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  5. The tops look great! Thank you for sharing! Rose

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  6. Love those running tops. But really - the polka dots are my favorite! Love, love, love. hope you had a fabulous holiday. g

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  7. Your tops are fabulous. The bra lining is the best.
    And your sewing skills are so perfect too.

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  8. These look so good. These new patterns seem really great.

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  9. Oh I love them both! I'm totally going to steal your idea to use mesh in the Y-back.

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  10. Thank you so much! I totally am going to watch your blog to see your versions!

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  11. Aaawww, you're so sweet!! You kicked butt with yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Thanks!! Yeah, I love the polka dot one,too. I wish I had a half yard more so I could make one of my own.

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  13. Do it! Sew some up. It's easy. And thank you :)

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  14. It would be perfect yoga wear. I've done yoga on and off for the past 15 years and would absolutely wear this top for yoga.

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  15. Thank you so much Jean! Yeah, it was easy to make this top since it was so well drafted and has amazing directions.

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  16. Thanks!! I love that Fait Main top, but it would look weird on my wide rear end... or at least I'd feel self conscious wearing it... so I had to make it for someone else!

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  17. Kathy you did a great job. I love your color choices and really appreciate the details you noted about fabrics & the compression bra. I have this pattern and will be making it soon as I clear out several UFO's that are in-progress. It's UFO olympics at my house!

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