As a reminder, I belong to the “Minerva Makers”: we receive fabrics for free in exchange for an article on the Minerva website (you can have a look at my profile here). Afterwards, we can publish another article on our own website. Information given in both articles are different so it’s worth looking at both!
It came to my mind that I could sew athletic garments with a bit of loungewear.
Apostrophe patterns concept
Who has already sewn knit garments that were just ‘mehhhh’???They looked bad because you didn’t assess the stretch well or it wasn’t the right type of knit (ITY, Supplex, double-knit, etc….).
With the Apostrophe Patterns pattern generator, you input your measurements, the stretch of your fabric and it generates the pattern pieces for you. So far, I’ve only used the MyFit leggings generator, but there are T-shirt, undies, and sport bra generators too.
Since I had two fabrics with very different strech factors, I chose to do it again. I’ve already sewn leggings with that pattern and I was really happy with the fit (you can see my mid-thigh leggings in scuba).
Firts, take you measurements and ask for help because the crotch depth and length are not easy. By twisting and bending, you may distort the tape and the measurements would not be accurate.
There’s a really useful video on Youtube.
ONce measurements are taken and stretch of the fabric(s) assessed, you input them and the generator ‘spits’ the pattern pieces! It means that you can even sew leggings with less strechy fabrics. However, recovery is a very important factor. If your fabric is not that strechy, you may end up with puckers at the knees.
I lined my waistband and cuffs with Airtex for shaping.
I probabaly underestimated the strech of the velvet because I chose a slim-fit shape and the leggings are a bot on the loose side, byt that’s nice for comfort.
Since the mesh is really strechy, I used some Wondertape to keep it in place against the velvet while sewing.
The mesh insert goes very high on the thigh and is a bit revealing! I should have added a velvet pocket there.
A LBB as a crop top
I used the free pattern from George+Ginger for the top.
The Little Black Bra is free with a code found at the end of the video.
This one is a bit small (size 12 B), but still comfy with the wide band as a crop top.
So, I think I have quite the perfect outfit for week-ends spent watching Disney+, with a cup of hot chocolate, after a relaxing yoga class.
I’d like to add a wrap top, with long or half-sleeves. If you know a pattern, feel free to leave a comment below.
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