XYT CompromisePosted: April 29, 2014
After days of fiddling I have given in and just finished my Fehr Trade XYT top as a plain work out top – without the built in bra. It works brilliantly, but I still haven’t worked out how to make it sufficiently ‘bounce free’ for my significantly larger than the pattern was intended for bust. I am going to have another attempt when I am not so busy with client work but for now here is the finished plain garment. And I have to say I love it!
The fabric is a 4 way stretch lycra that I had as a remnant in my stash. I honestly can’t remember how long it has been lurking so it feels good to have used it . These tops are incredibly frugal with fabric! I needed to take the sides in a little under the arms, and I lengthened the top as I intend this to be used for Pilates classes rather than running. It is too cold to wear this outside in the UK at the moment but I have hopes for the summer. I used black fold over elastic for the edges which I think gives a lovely contrast to the bright pink, and supports the edges so that they don’t stretch like mad (the fabric would run away without it). I had considered using my coverstitcher binder for the edges but ended up using a 3 step zig zag to attach the elastic, and used the coverstitcher for the hem.
I took a ridiculous length of time making this! Now that the pattern for the basic top is sorted I reckon I could have one cut out and sewn in about an hour – I will have to test that theory out on the next one I make. Unless ‘the girls’ come back down the alphabet significantly I can see that making a top suitable for running without relying on a commercially made sports bra is going to be a challenge. I would like to try again when I can give the project my full attention.
This is my April GAM offering – squeaking in just before the month end. I have no thoughts yet about what I will make in May but I do want to continue stash busting.
On another topic, it is now almost four months into 2014 and I can confirm that I am still sticking to my RTW fast. Nothing at all bought this year. Feels good 🙂