I finally made some cute active wear for myself. It’s been a long time coming, as I’ve grown more and more frustrated with RTW clothing of all kinds. I used to think that it wasn’t worth my time to make items that I would just use to exercise in and get dirty. But you know what? I’ve realized that it’s even more important to be comfortable when exercising.
This exercise top with a built-in bra is the first of the active wear items I made. I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago.
This top was made from a self-drafted pattern. I felt like this was the only way I could get exactly the fit I was looking for. If there is enough interest, I’d think about working on a multi-sized pattern for this top.
My biggest complaint about RTW exercise tops is having to wear a sports bra even when an exercise top has a built-in bra. That’s three layers of material, and I usually still have significant bouncing action. Most tops don’t give the level of compression that I need. This top has a built-in bra and it does a pretty good job.
I usually exercise six days a week, sometimes just five. I do a variety of different types of exercise including kickboxing, bootcamps, high intensity interval training, running, plus circuit training and toning exercises. So, I need things I can wear and be comfortable in while doing all of those different activities.
The best part about the top is that it actually contains the gals. I did some pretty extensive field testing.
I can do burpees, jumping jacks, air jacks,
and, whatever this is (haha!),
all without the girls spilling out or bouncing painfully. I’d say this was a successful endeavor, and I have several other tops in the works to replace my worn-out RTW ones. I’ll be using the same pattern, with a couple of variations, one of which is definitely going to involve some scallops.
Who says active wear can’t be cute? 🙂