XYT Compromise

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!

Finally finished!

Finally finished!

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 🙂

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16 Comments on “XYT Compromise”

  1. sewbussted says:

    Congratulations on your RTW fast!
    Great top. I just might have to give this one a try.

  2. Laura says:

    I love your top – great job! I was not aware of Fehr Trade patterns – but with a relatively new commitment to running AND the RTW fast, I may give this a go! Thanks for sharing!

    • I thought sports wear might be a problem on the RTW fast but Melissa of Fehr Trade has solved that. If you aren’t as ‘busty’ as I am the built in bra is a great feature 🙂

  3. I made it!! says:

    I love the pink and black mix and the back is very cool too! Congratulations on your RTW fast!

  4. Allisonc says:

    Looks great and I think I will be doing the same as you when I get around to making this, though perhaps I’ll try it both ways.

  5. prttynpnk says:

    You do pilattes and run? Wow- sometimes I push my own grocery cart! You are a stylish hero in lycra!

  6. mrsmole says:

    That top is so cool for coverage and style…one could even wear it for gardening or cleaning toilets…what I do when I escape the bridal gowns. Love the black elastic trim, it lays so flat! Great job!!! I admire you for running and Pilates!

  7. sewruth says:

    Congrats on sticking to your RTW fast and I must admit, your running!

  8. […] XYT work out top (Details of my making it here, here, and here)was extremely comfortable, and I really enjoyed the sleeveless style on what was a very warm […]


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