Created by: Love You Sew
The trend reports are out for 2018 and yes, Athleisure style is staying! Whether you have some New Year's resolutions to fulfill, or just enjoy some comfy clothes, the newest athletic knits from Pine Crest Fabrics will be perfect for your project from lounging to lunging!
I'm working on my goal to get some regular exercise into my routine, because sewing isn't the most aerobic activity out there- ha! To stay motivated, I know I need some fun new gear, and knew that a fun pair of leggings and long-sleeved tunic could get me through this cold season.
The following fabrics were pulled to keep me (hopefully) on task!
First is the Pine Crest Fabrics Strata Athletic Knit White/Grey/Black. This is a perfect neutral with the trademark space-dyed athleisure print you see out in the market. This print is great at hiding up sweat marks you might see in just a solid but remains a perfect staple. The fabric feels so smooth and luxurious with an amazing 30% four-way stretch!
Then I went for a more wild print for my leggings! Pine Crest Fabrics Jungle Leaves on Olympus Athletic Double Knit Green is a gorgeous on-trend print to add some fun to the mundane tasks of working out! Although this is a large scale print being used on a skin-tight garment, the different colors and shades really make the eye move around, creating a very flattering effect. These large leaves are printed on a double-knit 10% four-way stretch and feels so fabulous. This fabric has great compression but still feels so smooth and not sticky against my skin.
Tips for sewing athletic wear
Working with athletic wear doesn't have to be scary with some of these tips!
- As with any knits, make sure to use new ball point jersey knit stretch needles.
- Try wooly (aka bulky, fluffy) nylon in the bobbin or in the lower looper of a serger. This reduces the friction of seams against your skin, as well as having some additional stretch in your stitching.
- Relieve the pressure on your presser foot (if it's an option on your machine.) This will allow the fabric to move more evenly and not be stretched out in the process.
- Use a scrap piece of "leader" fabric to help with guide your thicker seams through your machine (this helps prevent your machine from "eating" up your precious project).
- If you have the option, use a triple zig-zag stitch on your domestic (much more strength and stretch than your basic zig-zag.)
- Use a wash-away or tear-away stabilizer to help the fabric move through your machine. (Although, I will use tissue paper in a pinch.)
- Stabilize shoulder seams and any other high stress-points with knit interfacing or clear elastic.
- Leave at least a few inches on every thread tail as you move through your project.
- Most importantly, test every. single. seam. with all your strength. Test out your stitches on scraps and see if any pop. Adjust as needed. After every seam sewn, pull horizontally and vertically. Your bobbin or looper threads may shift and that's okay...you just added more easement into your stitches and that's why you have those thread tails!
- Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam AFTER the stress tests. If you are serging, either use a large-eye needle to pull the tail back into the stitching or loop it into an adjoining seam.
Home-sewn athletic wear is very possible and I hope these tips help you through your next project. For additional fabric.com athletic wear posts, check out this post on Sewing with Activewear Fabric and these tips for Sewing Athletic Wear!
Make my Outfit
Denver Tunic by Blank Slate Patterns with cowl neck and thumb-hole hacks.
With the colder temperatures, a tunic is great to layer over a tee or tank. The high cowl neck protects against the cold and folds down when you need to release some heat. The thumb holes keep your sleeves in place while keeping those hands warm. The longer length helps hide what you need and those pockets are perfect for everything.
These are a great beginner pattern for basic leggings with a nice thick contoured waistband for a curvy figure.
Good luck with your own 2018 goals and I hope you include making some Athletic Wear in them!