Thank you all so much for your support, enthusiasm, and early bird sales of my debut sewing patterns! I’ve got lots of versions of both to show you, but I thought I’d start off with my most recent version of the top since it reflects the pattern as you buy it (I’ll show you some earlier versions with a few small issues I corrected in the final pattern!).
This is the “Y Back” version of my XYT Workout Top Pattern which I made with this amazing printed lycra from Minerva. I liked it so much that I made two tops and a pair of PB Jam Leggings from the 2 metres I bought (plus I went back and bought another metre of it and its blueish-colourway sister!)
This is definitely one of my favourite versions of this pattern! Earlier ones had some pulling issues around the front straps, but a small adjustment to the front lining piece fixed that here, as you can see! The built-in bra is perfect for keeping me bounce-free on even my long runs – no need for me to wear an additional sports bra. The instructions also show you how to encase the underbust elastic nicely to reduce the chance of chafing, too.
This was a serious revelation to me that a built-in bra could even do this, as all the ones I’d ever had in RTW workout tops were absolutely worthless! It seemed that the bras were always too flimsy and too big to do any good, and in order to get a top that fit well, the bra would inevitably be too big! The great thing here is that you can adjust the bra pattern independently of the top, or even leave it off altogether if you’d rather. For me, it just simplifies the amount of workout gear I need to throw on in the mornings…
You can see the “Y Back” here, and I designed it so the Y fits just between my shoulder blades, giving maximum support but staying out of the way of my arms! This means that it’s also great for the weight lifters amoungst us, CrossFit ladies…
And lest you think I haven’t actually worked out in it…!
Like it? You can make your own with my pattern!
(Psst! Remember there’s the “FEHRTRADEEARLYBIRD” 10% off code until 2 January!)