It always takes me a while to get back into my sewing/writing/doing life routine after having a baby, and this time I’ve been trying to not be hard on myself about it. I went through so much sickness after my youngest son, I’ve been careful not to go overboard. After 3.5 months, I think I’m finally gaining enough energy back to do something beyond the absolutely necessary, so you can consider me back from maternity leave as it were. And what a way to get back in the swing of it all than with a colorblocked workout top?
Colorblocked workout top
Living in Colorado, land of the ultra fit, I am woefully unstylish in the workout gear department. It’s absolutely not a joke, that this is the carpool pickup at my kids’ school, except the moms there really are just that fit and done up. If I cared about that sort of thing, it would be a pretty intimidating environment.
As for me, I’ve been wearing the same ratty pants and random t-shirts I was working in 10+ years ago. I workout to be strong and healthy, not because I love it. I want to get it done first thing in the day, preferably in my pajamas, at home where nobody sees me, and then I want to get on with with the day with a little more energy. But like bramaking, activewear sewing is quite popular in the sewing world at the moment, and it’s been more than time for me to jump on the bandwagon.
I started this project by looking around for inspiration when I came across this Betsey Johnson top.
I loved the colorblocking, and the fact that it kind of just looks like a regular cute t-shirt, not necessarily a workout top. I know people love their tanks and other sleeveless sorts of tops for working out, but that’s not my thing. My arms get cold, and if I do go for an actual run, I hate having to worry about putting sunscreen on my upper arms.
I scoured my local thrift store and easily came up with 3 performance jersey tops that I could cut up and recombine into my own version of Betsey Johnson’s colorblocked workout top.
I messed around with my TNT t-shirt pattern, Jalie 2921, pinning some style lines. There’s basically nothing left on this top that would leave you thinking this was Jalie’s scarf-collar top, but the fit works so well for me, that I keep hacking out new things with it as my base. I guess in reality, it’s become my knit tee sloper. After I traced off a fresh version of my pattern, I transferred the pinned lines. Then I cut along the lines, adding seam allowances when I cut out the pieces from the t-shirts.
The Betsey Johnson top has a media pocket sewn into one of the back seams with an invisible zipper. I sewed in the invisible zip, then I added a pocket piece that I topstitched into place. It makes for a bulk-free pocket, and it turned out much better than I anticipated. It’s nice to know that if I want to go out and actually carry something, I can just stash it in my roomy hidden pocket.
The back keyhole was a fun detail to add too. I conclude that I need to add more keyholes on my t-shirts. It’s the kind of girly touch that I look for.
After this top, I’ll need to add some workout leggings eventually too. Jalie’s Cora leggings are definitely in my queue. No more dated Everlast pants that have survived 4 pregnancies and are ripping apart at the seams!
How about you? Have you sewn your own activewear? What are your favorite activewear patterns?
My full review of the top is here.