Top Five Workout Sewing Patterns for 2015
In 2015, I decided to set a few less lofty resolutions than I normally would. Maybe I’m learning from the unfulfilled-aspiration heartache or maybe I’m being more realistic. Life is busy and unpredictable, and I’m building in a bit of room for that. I’m factoring in some time to repair and relax. Because I don’t really need to learn to knit or cook gourmet meals or make fifteen new friends. I’m okay with that.
But, I’m definitely not giving up my fitness goals. I need exercise to feel human, to stay sane amidst an overwhelming schedule. My apartment complex houses a fully equipped gym just steps from my door. A year ago, I joined two running groups that I love going to. I live in Boulder, Colorado where finding a hiking trail is easier than parking your car. There is no excuse for not getting my sweat on, as hard as I sometimes try to find one.
Simply put, more working out is my goal. It’s broad, but achievable. And this year, I’ve decided to jumpstart my plan with a new closet of handmade workout clothes. Today, I’m talking about my five favorite workout sewing patterns, all available in the Indiesew shop!
Sloan LeggingsThe Sloan Legging is a brand new pattern released from Hey June just a month or so ago. These fitness-geared leggings have every element for the perfect workout attire. The wide, shaped waistband ensures your leggings won’t fall down below your knees while running. The media pocket allows you to listen to your tunes hands-free while you run.
The Sloan Leggings also come in two length options, allowing you to make both a warm and cold weather pair. Plus, there’s an option to add contrasting side panels for a super sporty look. Sew a pair up in a performance knit and head to your local Zumba class.
Foxglove TankDid you know that the Foxglove tank can be sewn in both wovens and knits? This racerback tank, sewn up in a drapey, jersey is the perfect tank for your morning yoga class. Its flowy shape will make sure you’re not restricted as you twist and turn. For those wanting it, the high-low hem provides backside coverage.
Sew your Foxglove Tank in a rayon jersey knit and pair it with the Sloan Leggings for the perfect yoga or pilates outfit. The racerback design provides a sporty element and will layer well under a cardigan.
Hudson PantsThe Hudson Pant sewing pattern saw a ton of success this fall, with many women rejoicing over handmade lounge pants. The designer, True Bias, nailed fall and winter trends as we saw “joggers” turn up in retail stores everywhere. The Hudson Pants have an urban fit with pockets, ankle cuffs, and wide elastic waistband. These are the lounge pants of the year.
What might surprise you is that the Hudson Pants make great cold-weather workout pants! While media tells us that “joggers” are meant for coffee dates and couch time, sewn up in a mid weight sweatshirt knit, the Hudson Pants work great as actual jogging pants. Get that! I’ve worn mine on a few outdoor runs in chilly temps and they kept me warm the entire time.
Union St TeeYes, it’s a basic tee and we say, what’s better for working out? The Union St Tee, another stellar pattern from Hey June, has proven itself as an excellent workout tee. We’ve seen the short sleeved, v-neck version sewn up as an all purpose workout top, as shown below. The long-sleeved, scoop neck version sews up into a great rash-guard to keep the sun off at the beach.
Sew yours up in a spandex/lycra blend and wear it to your next crossfit class. The easy fit will give you full range of motion while you're slinging tires and doing deadlifts.
Sew Simple LeggingsAnother leggings pattern, the Sew Simple Leggings are not a pattern to ignore. We love these leggings for layering under, well, basically everything. This pattern has an above-navel rise, which is perfect for wearing under ski pants or winter dresses.
Sew yours up in a four-way spandex blend to ensure a wide range of motion. This pattern is only one pattern piece and sews up in just minutes. Sew up two or three pairs while you’re at it and you’ll have leggings to last you all winter long.
Where do I buy workout-type fabric?Good question! Performance knits, moisture-wicking polyester and spandex-lycra blends are hard to come by. First check if your local, independent fabric store carries these varieties. I recommend you touch these types of fabrics, more than any other, before purchasing. Some fabric labeled "performance knits" or "moisture wicking" can feel like wearing a paper bag.
Some great online sources for these types of fabric are:
• Fabric.com: Any color of performance and athletic knits you could want!
• Girl Charlee: Great prints, perfect for a pair of yoga leggings!
• Mood Fabrics: Lots of soft, rayon jersey that would sew into lovely yoga tops.
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