You know the problem with high quality, well-fitting athletic wear?...... It’s too expensive! So, I figured, why not make my own. That way I can get the style, fit, and quality that I want.
From now on that’s exactly what I’m going to do. With the help of these awesome patterns I can sew my own customized athletic wear. Luckily I was able to take a quick break from patternmaking and use these awesome athletic wear patterns from Simplicity and McCall’s. These patterns saved me a massive amount of time!
I purchased my fabrics from Joann Fabric. I love that they are offering more athletic wear and knit fabrics now. They have really come a long way with their fabric quality and selection. Thank You JoAnn!
For the first pair of leggings I chose to make Simplicity 8212 View D in the ankle length. The pattern was easy to sew and the directions were easy to follow. They fit beautifully aside from one thing..... I have a short waist. This makes the waist of these leggings sit just below my bust. LOL! I don’t mind it so much but the next time I make these leggings I will shorten the waist a bit.
For the next pair I also used Simplicity 8212 but chose view A instead. The results were amazing! I love these leggings and will remake them in a galaxy print soon. My only other criticism is that the waist runs a bit small and the leg holes run a bit big. So you may need to adjust this based on your body shape.
To give my leggings a store bought look, I used a cover-stitch machine. But I put the double stitch facing the wrong side. Doing this gave them this amazing detail. No one would ever guess that I made these.
For the top I chose McCall’s 7446 View D. I used netting on the sides to add a little something extra :). I do like this pattern. It fits very well. But there are a few things that I would change the next time that I make this.
I would lower the neckline and narrow the racer back a bit. I was also not a fan of how the neckline and armholes are finished. The instructions tell you to use elastic. This gives it the look of a bathing suit instead of athletic wear. I studied all of my store bought athletic wear and none of the armholes or necklines had elastic. The choice for the garment to be finished in this way confused me a bit. So, the next time I will finish it differently. But despite all of that, I will still wear this top to work out regularly.