Binta's short sleeved Kimono Sweat top

Wow, thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and orders of my newest Kimono Sweat pattern! It really is a wonderful feeling to release a finished pattern into the world after so many months of hard work behind the scenes.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the first of my two athlete models for this pattern, so say hello to the wonderful Binta! She’s originally from Norway but has been a long-term UK resident and spends her days as a professional PR.

I first met Binta a few years ago when she joined Run dem Crew, and she has been one of the most consistently cheerful people I know. Week after week, she’s led the Greyhound group with patience and enthusiasm and helped so many women to run faster than they thought themselves capable of.

She’s run loads of races but this weekend she’s taking on her first 24 hour relay race at the Spitfire Scramble, and she’s really looking forward to donning a head torch for the first time and getting some quality campfire time in with her teammates! So keep your fingers crossed for dry weather for her, as apparently the 10km course is decidedly off-road and really hilly, too. I know a certain top which would be perfect for wearing in the chilly night air around the campsite, though…

Binta is wearing View A of the Kimono Sweat top – her measurements fit my XL size absolutely perfectly without alterations, and I actually squealed when she tried it on and it fit exactly as it should on her! I always hope for compliments when my athlete models see their garment for the first time, but Binta seriously could not stop telling me how much she loved this top!!

I made this version in “jeans blue” sweatshirting from Jersey Fashion and I used turquoise blue topstitching around the neckline, hem and sleeve openings for an extra touch. This was my first time using this Dutch shop, but I was really pleased with the quality of the sweatshirting (and their bamboo jersey, which you’ll see in a View B soon!) – it’s on par with a ponte knit in terms of weight, but is super stretchy and has more of a loop back than a soft fluff on the reverse (which is ideal if you don’t want fluff sticking to your sweat, eww).

The wonderful thing about View A of this pattern is that it works equally well for casualwear as well as for a cool down coverup after exercise. So you really can feel comfortable meeting up for brunch or drinks after your workout, whether you decide to change out of your leggings or not!

And remember you can use the code BOTTOMSUP for 20% off all my shorts and leggings patterns (ie: anything in the “Bottoms” section) from shop.fehrtrade.com until 24 August, which is the day of my first event in Argentina, eeep! (Paypal users take note that you’ll go quite far through the checkout process before the discount box appears, but it will!) This means you can make yourself a Kimono Sweat and something new for your legs, too!


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