Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fehr Trade XYT Top (After a 6K!)


This morning I woke up at 5 AM (an hour and half too early... ugh) to head across town for a race. I ran, slowly, but that's okay because it gave me more time for the fantastic views, to enjoy the weather that was insanely perfect and to chat with so many nice people along side me in the race.  I ran the Port to Fort 6k that looped up to and around Fort McHenry.  The race is a fundraiser for a local organization that provides housing services to critically ill children and their families.

  
Two days ago I decided I needed a new something to wear for this race, of course.  I made up a quick and easy version of the Fehr Trade XYT top.  I've made it before (and was a pattern tester) with the compression bra and love it... but head to toe rainbow zebra print is a bit much for me.  (Yep, the capris are the Duatholons from Melissa's pattern as well.) 


I opted to make just a simple racerback top with this really amazing purple material I paid a dollar for.  I am sure it's a fancy wicking fabric made from nylon/spandex, but don't know exactly what it would be labeled as because I scored it at that crazy good warehouse sale I went to last year.  The binding also came from said sale, it's a teal nylon/spandex as well.  I used a white sports mesh for the back (also, from the same place. Man, I really scored at that fabric sale!)  So I would estimate the cost of the materials at less then $3.


I used a contrasting white thread to top-stitch and it shows every last imperfection... but I don't care, I LOVE this top for it's functionality!  It was sooo comfortable on the run today. I made a size small bust, graded to a medium waist and large hip.  I also added 3" (7.6 cm) to the length.  I really love a longer running top.


I didn't get any "running" photos.  My photographer was home in bed still.  So all these pics are right afterward as the sweat was drying of my sassy new sweat wicking purple top.


I got several comments/compliments on my zebra capris.  The race was your standard sea of black and white, bland running clothes... it's fun to shake it up with silly prints.  I ran with a short distance with a 70 something year old man who said he had run countless races... he was wearing the most cool American flag print shorts.  I need to do some fun overly patriotic something soon, huh?!  I think this shall be a submission to the Fehr Trade Spring Race Challenge.  Has anyone else done a race while wearing handmade goodies, too?!

O say can you see?

9 comments:

  1. How fun! Your running gear looks great! I run a lot, but have yet to make anything to run in. This will be the year, though! I'll have to check out the patterns you have linked.

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    1. Thanks! Once you start making running gear you will be hooked. It takes so little fabric and you can make really crazy interesting stuff you'd never find in RTW stuff... or duplicate the expensive stuff!

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  2. Love the idea of contrasting fabric and the added bonus of another colored thread. I think it looks great and certainly don't see any imperfections. Job well done!

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    1. Thanks! The imperfections are mostly on the back where I had to do my twin needle stitching over all the layers where the mesh and fabrics meet up. I didn't zoom in on that :)

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  3. Looks great! You achieve such a professional finish. Well, I just tried to make this top and it was a huge failure. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but I suspect not checking the amount of stretch in my fabric had something to do with it... My measurements put me squarely in the XS range (which I also am suspicious of, I've never been XS in anything!), but I graded to a S for waist and hips as I don't like very tight yoga clothes. And I could only barely squeeze into it. Not just widthwise, but lengthwise as well, which makes me think my fabric may not have been stretchy enough. I'm going to try again, though, I want this to work!

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    1. Thanks! This top does run on the larger side as compared to RTW sizing. I cut a small for the bust... I am NEVER a small in anything off the rack. Perhaps it is the stretch in your fabric? I would estimate my purple fabric to be 60-70% stretch. I made this in another fabric... it was technically a swimwear fabric with about the same stretch.

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  4. Well done on the race! I haven't done any races, but I'm sure I'll be wearing my Fehr trade gear whenever I get up the nerve to sign up for one. I'm still jealous of your fabric score! Needless to say I love the color - I made mine in the same purple, and the teal is my favorite color. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks! When I started making it I was going to do purple only with the white mesh.. but I realized they are my local NFL team's colors (Baltimore Ravens) and I wasn't going for football fan with this (although I'm not averse to fan clothes or making them.) So I slapped the teal in. I love me some teal, too!

      And you don't need any nerve to do a race. I have zero intention of being the winningest winner of any race I'm in, it's something to look forward to and help motivate me to keep going til then. I was like I finished in the bottom 2/3rds of my age group... somewhere in the lower middle overall. I did it totally on my own, no friends or anything, and then people around me just start talking to me and are super friendly at races. It's nifty to run in a huge group after running it alone all the time.

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