My “Active Wear” Pattern Review and Contest Entry

Good Morning Sewcialites,

Just a quick check-in to show you my submission for the PatternReview “Active Wear” Contest. As a runner, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity and figured this contest would be the perfect opportunity to keep me committed to my 2017 ReSEWlutions as well as my health.

With spring approaching, I decided to use these fun, neutral colors to create my very first workout look.  To sew this look I used my serger as I just LOVE finished seams. Once you begin serging, you’ll never go back.


This was a fun and quick project, despite there being 14 pieces. img_05221

While I didn’t win, (placed 4th out of 38 contestants), it felt really good to push pass my comfort zone and be in the same judging category as some  well known DIYers whom I extremely admire.

See below for the full Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Misses Tops and Leggings

Pattern Sizing: Size 8 Top, View B; Size 14 Leggings, View D

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?The finished garment looked EXACTLY like the photo on the pattern envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions were very easy to follow and the accompanying pictorials were perfect!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the “lapped tulip” collar, thumb holes and extended cuff. I also love the princess seams on the top as it gives the garment more “curve” appeal by giving the illusion that the waist is drawing inward. We women love the look of a smaller waistline. However, after seeing that it required a total of 14 pieces to create the look, I almost skipped over this pattern, but once I got to working on it, I couldn’t put it down.

Fabric Used:Nylon Lycra Blend Activewear Knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None as this was my first time sewing this pattern. However, going forth, I will taper in the leg for the better fit near the ankle.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am definitely sewing this again and highly recommend this pattern to others.

Conclusion: Overall, this a great pattern for building a stylish, fun and fashionable active wear wardrobe. It is great for an advanced beginner. The color combination possibilities can make sewing the same views exciting. Even when working out, I still take pride in what I’m wearing. The design details of them laped tulip shaped collar, thumb holes and extended hand cuff are elements I look for when shopping for ready to wear clothing. While i used Nylon-Lycra Blend, it does not provide the amount of compression I’d prefer for more highly intense activities such as running and cycling. I would more than likely wear this material to a yoga class as it allows the body to move without feeling limited in range of motion.







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