Now here's my first go at the pattern. I used two fabrics, both nylon/spandex with a 4-way stretch top. The pink stuff is the same material as this bodysuit, the gray and pink is an odd leftover bit of swimwear from Fabric Mart (I used this to make a self drafted swim bottom I never got to blogging about last summer.) This was my test version, a very wearable muslin with some mistakes I made whilst sewing. I needed to work out the fit so I skipped top stitching and the neckline gapes up a little in front because I should have shortened the bindings. For my Fehr Trade tops I have stuck with the same size-- small bust, medium waist and large hip, then I added length.
I added 2" (5 cm) here. The design lines are unorthodox, which is the selling point for this top for me! You can see how I lengthened my pattern pieces above in the photo... but what's nifty is that the directions include several common alterations, even including this one on how to add length. There's info on how to do a FBA, but as you can plainly see, I have never had to do a full bust adjustment in all my days.
And I just whipped this second VNA top up this week. The brown is supplex (nylon/spandex) from Fabric Mart, the yellow is a nylon/spandex (supplex-ish, not sure though, it was from a box of giveaway fabric), and the green is a nylon/spandex swimwear material from Fabric Fairy--- I used it to make a bathing suit here and another top here.
The side view is my favorite, with all those lines and bits of fabric meeting up. There are several v-points in this top on the neckline and sleeves openings with the bindings. The directions s-p-e-l-l out exactly how to land those points nicely with a really clear illustration. And yes, I totally needed that info to get them right.
I think you can see my sports bra poking out a little on back here, it's a pale blue so it blends with the green of the top some. But the sweet point in back... oh, how I love that perfect spot where the pieces join precisely to make that v-shape. And the directions told me exactly how to accomplish that, too.
I've worn the pink and gray one on a couple runs. It did what I wanted as a shirt... I didn't have to tug on it or think about it at all-- I never want any article of clothing to bother me while I run, I'm slow and need the energy to continue moving forward up the massive hills I seem to find. And if you have eagle-eyes you will see that the some of the pics of the green/brown top don't have top stitched bindings. I thought I was out of green thread so I skipped it, but then found some and went back and took more photos a few minutes later.