Hello Everyone !!! As evident from my blogging.... I haven’t sewn anything for a minute. Honestly, I just couldn’t think of what to sew next. I knew I needed to fill that proverbial hole in my wardrobe, but just wasn’t seeing it. With that … my sewing mojo went totally AWOL, made an appearance for a minute then snuck off again….lol
Fast forward, all was not lost, I was inspired by several friends that also workout and sew. Over at the Sew Much Talent Group on Facebook, there is a monthly challenge and one of them was activewear. Myra of Simple Inspiration hosted the challenge and after watching her periscopes on activewear… low & behold, who did I find crawling back… my sewing mojo.
In comes, McCalls 7261, my new pattern love. This pattern includes pullover tops with princess seams. Version A has a neckband, wherein Version B is a lapped collar and both Versions A & B have a shaped hemline & cuffs. Version C has a hood, front band, top stitched pockets & cuffs. For the bottom, the legs are tapered, yoke waist with contrasting panels.
If we're friends on Facebook / Instagram you know I try to get in my workouts and post several times throughout the week. I can’t say I love working out, its just a necessary evil and need to stay consistent to maintain my current size and, also keep some of my ailments at bay. So to stay motivated & consistent, sewing up activewear is just what my wardrobe needed… that’s where the hole in my wardrobe was hiding..lol
Had the perfect fabric for this project, black/white stretch fabric that I’d purchased from the now defunct Chic Fabrics a few years ago. For the contrasting parts, I used leftover remnant of a black lightweight double knit from Fulton Fabrics.
I sewed Versions A – top and E – bottom. The top & bottom consist of 14 pieces… yikes !! But, Let me tellllll you, this pattern is an easy sew, yes there are a lot of pieces, but it went together effortlessly.
To determine the best size, checked the pattern measurements for the size 14 and thereafter, flat measured the pattern pieces and realized I could’ve used a smaller size. However, I went ahead with the size 14 because that was the smallest size for that pattern and knowing I would need negative ease, I would remove any excess as needed. Basted the top and tried it on and as I suspected needed to remove some excess from the shoulders & bust area. Back to the sewing machine and removed an additional 1/4” from the front/back seams, yielding a better fit.
Majority of the garment was constructed on my serger and triple stitched the hemline which I trued up (opting out of the shaped hemline) as well as the neckband. I did have an issue with the neckband, it was a lil wonky and went back in and following the seam lines of the raglan sleeve darted up that neckline at each seam point… done. For the sleeves, folded to the inside and stretched the fabric as I straight stitched.
Again, to determine sizing, for the bottom I laid the pieces on my table and pinned fronts parts together, then flat measured, which was awkward. Decided… Heck this and pulled out one of my rtw leggings to aid me in determining best tweaking since I was married to the pattern size 14. After using my leggings against the pattern pieces, determined that I would need to take deeper seams. Went straight for the gusto and serged the front panels together, as well as the back panels. However, I basted the inner/outer seams, tried it on & there was excess. No problem… serged those seams removing an additional ¼”. Attached the yoke band and hemmed the bottom.. donedot.com.
After giving this outfit a run… had to go back in and remove some more excess. Since the length was long, cut the existing hem and did a new hem .. easy & painless. My favorite workouts are the elliptical and power hooping. Thankfully, I had the menfolk pimp out my cutting desk with wheels, move it out of the way and get my hooping on in my sewing room. The elliptical is in another room... yes I fit it in where I can get it in...lol
Another outing with my activewear and of course, our fur baby photo bombed the pics…. Oh well… lol
Love the end result and have worn this several times since making it… need to finish the second one which needs the yoga band attached.
Have an Awesome Weekend