International Yoga Day // It’s time for some activewear!

Currently, I am following a yoga teacher training program and, hopefully, by November, I will have become a qualified yoga teacher. Although I’ve been doing yoga for the last five years, my activewear wardrobe has always consisted of two pairs of leggings, one short and one long, and two tops. Being on a yoga teacher training program, each module of which lasts five days in a row and is a pretty intensive physically  has increased my need for activewear: I’ve had to add more leggings and tops. And that is  how I began to sew my own activewear.



My first piece of activewear was this pair of Steeplechase leggings, by Fehr Trade. I was so glad that I began with this particular pattern: it gave me a huge amount of confidence in working with stretch fabrics. Once I taped and cut the pattern, I finished my first pair of the Steeplechase leggings within one hour. This pattern includes only a few seams and, the most importantly, it does not have an inseam! If you do hot yoga or tend to sweat, not having an inseam on your leggings saves you from needless discomfort. The design of this pattern is super clever and, I imagine, that the person who created it does a lot of sport, just like me :)
Irish Yoga :)
The fabric used for these leggings is a polyester and elastane mix, which I bought on my recent trip to Ukraine. One cut is aubergine colour, since I am not a big fan of black, and the other one is electric fuchsia. Can you imagine my surprise when, going through my blog roll, I stumbled upon Sonja’s Steelpechase leggings in similar colour combo :) As they say, great minds think alike, even though an ocean separates us.


Following the size chart, I sewed my first pair of leggings in a size S, but it turned out to be too big! After removing 1cm along the leg seam for the first pair, I then sewed the second pair in a size XS. Maybe it’s not easy to spot the difference from the photos, but the second pair fits much better. So if you make the same leggings, I would definitely recommend to go for a size below your true measurements. This pattern offers an optional pocket, but I decided not to add one. When I do  yoga, I hate it when there is any bulky stuff in my way, especially, when I lie on the floor. If I was a runner instead, the inside pocket would be come in very handy.


Before I started sewing  activewear, I was devouring Maria’s blog, where she shares her own experience in making sportswear. She cycles, runs and swims a lot and, believe me, there’s a lot of  activewear in her wardrobe,  particularly tops. If you, like me, are a newbie to sportswear, I highly recommend checking out her blog for tips and great advice!


Making activewear has had the added benefit of being not only fun and but also a money saving activity. I could not agree more with Sonja’s statement about how pricey activewear can be! Given that I used less than 1m of fabric on the capri length leggings, and my my yoga studio is selling some good quality leggings for 70EUR, this mean that I have saved a price of two dinners only on this one pair. Who fancies a dinner with Inna?

My next stop in the activewear sewing adventure will be tops, and I would like to sew different types: cropped and ‘classical’, t-shirts and sleeveless. Personally, I find racerback back tank tops the most comfortable to wear, but having a few other types can be handy as well. Depending on the sport you do, which style of top do you find the most comfortable?

Comments

  1. Whoa! You're full of surprises Inna! I love those leggings. I have been very tempted by sewing active wear. I made a couple of items in the past. However I can't get fabric very easily unless I order from abroad...which is not cheap. So if I have to resort to cotton jersey...then I can get it from Decathlon as I have been doing in the past. Still it's tempting ;o)

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  2. Those colour combinations are awesome. Once you make the first pair of leggings, the rest are easy to whip up.
    You have the knack with sewing activewear fabric. I know your tops will be just a wonderful.
    I would love to have your flexibility and your five years of yoga has really paid off.

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  3. So glad to hear that you do yoga too! Those leggings look awesome! I agree about how pricey activewear can be, lucky for us who can sew.
    I find that racerback tee is the most comfortable as well, as it doesn't restrict the movement and stay close to the body. I also like loose, boxy top, but some people may not like them because they tend to flip open during certain movement.

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  4. They're fabulous! I love a basic scoop tank, then I don't have to worry about faffing with different bra straps. Am very impressed with your bendiness!

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  5. I love your photoshoot poses!! Brilliant. Have you seen this months new Jalie patterns? There's a racerback tank/dress that might be perfect for you! :)

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  6. Oh, dear Silvia! Thanks for such a lovely comment! Have you tried http://www.jerseyfashion.nl? Many bloggers praise high quality of their fabrics. Try some light-weight swimwear fabric: it should not be too difficult to sew.

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  7. Thanks, Gillian! I've met a girl who is interested in experimenting with photos, so I am her Guinea pig. I saw Jalie's new patterns, they are great, but I've already sourced several activewear patterns in the past and will try to stick to those.

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  8. For my yoga practice, I usually don't wear a bra, but I put one for the photoshoot to avoid flushing my nipples ;) Thanks for the compliment, but I am naturally not very flexible and it took me five long years to achieve what you see on the photos.

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  9. I was lazy enough to start sewing tops straight after I finished the leggings. Now I blame myself for it, as other sewing projects has piled up, but the need of a new top is becoming a priority :)

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  10. Yes to the racerback! Personally, I find that it provides the best support and comfort level during my practice.

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  11. Wow! Yoga teacher training sounds amazing :D I love your aubergine leggings! Keen to see what racer back pattern you use for a top as I am currently trying to find a perfect one!

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  12. I love these pairs of leggings! I'm starting to run a little bit and I was thinking just the same, that cute activewear outfit can be sooo expensive. I'll give a try to this pattern... Good luck with the Yoga instructor training!

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  13. I would have dinner with you, Inna!

    Mostly to work out I wear knee length leggings and an old tshirt. I don't look very cool so maybe it's time to up my game and make some activewear. Especially since it's winter, some long leggings would come in handy.

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  14. If you want to starts sewing your own activewear, this is definitely the pattern you should try! I have got other Fehr Trade patterns, because I feel like Melissa has put so much thought and personal experience into it.

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  15. I think I'll start with the Fehr Trade XYT workout top!

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  16. Deal! Whenever you are in Europe or me in New Zealand, let's for for dinner! I say, try this pattern for a long pair of leggings. You'd be surprised how easy and well drafted this pattern is! I am raving about it so much, because this was the best pattern to work with!

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  17. LOL....me likey Irish yoga! Clearly it's Guinness that has been missing from my yoga practice. Your active is awesome...I recently got an awesome haul of {FREE} yoga fabric, and have whipped up a couple of pairs of shortie leggings, but that's it so far. I so much of my activewear {too} many years ago, and you're inspiring me to really get at it again!

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  18. Hello my name is Sasha and I haven't done yoga in ... let's see ... four months :O !!! - I feel shame ... I also must admit that I am a sucker for active gear - it makes up for a third of my wardrobe and accounts for a big hole in my finances! The more breathable, moisture wicking, anti bacterial, anti odour... makes you sweat rose water, the better... but oh boy doesn't it come with a high label price - for the luon's sake!!! Unfortunately I have the same problem as Silvia - only cotton jersey and I've been looking high and low for some multifilament serger thread but :((( . I shall not be discouraged however - I will find some fabric with all those nice qualities above and then sew me a pair of these wonderful leggings! You achieved the perfect fit - and the side seams that can look terrible if not done properly are simply perfect. How does your fabric perform - aside stretchiness ... that is obviously great. Do you feel there is a difference between the fabric you used and the "technical" fabrics in high label high price gear ?
    ps. nice form :)

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  19. I think that after I get my certificate, I will specialize in Irish yoga for sure ;) Let's sew more activewear! I'll watch out for a new pair leggings on your blog soon!

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  20. Lovely leggings. Must have words with my yoga teacher- obviously she's teaching some other type of yoga.

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  21. Also the XYT top is great. I made it ages ago. Keep meaning to make more.

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  22. Come to Ireland and we'll open an entire new world of yoga to you :) Oh, great to hear that you liked the XYT top! I can't wait to start working on mine.
    P.S. Too bad I won't be able to join the meet-up in Paris: I'll be in Iceland during this time.

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  23. Ah I'm irish too that's why ill have to inform my yoga teacher of this special Irish Yoga 😉

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  24. Yoga teacher training sounds awesome! Such a great thing to do, and perfect for all your new activewear :)

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  25. These are fabulous! Can I ask if you sewed them up on a regular machine or overlocker/serger? Also did you do flatlocked seams? I'm so tempted to sew these after seeing yours, they truly look a million bucks!

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  26. Hahaha :) I don't blame you! I used to have months of breaks too. The fabric I used for this project is not very different from what I see in some sportswear brands. It's 100% synthetic, but it breathes! Also, when I wear cotton leggings, there's sometimes a sweat spot between my legs, and I don't like the 'moist' feeling in this area, if you know what I mean. Funkifabrics.co.uk has a lot of organic cotton + lycra fabric. Check it out!

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  27. I did not use flat locked seams, but serged almost all the seams, with the exception of the waistband and the edges of the edges of the leggings legs, which I sewed using straight stitch.

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  28. These look great! And you are so much better at yoga than I am... I can barely do the poses! I agree that sizing down one step is a good idea, as mine are just too big overall. I love your leggings and can't wait to see your racerback tops! Good luck with the yoga teacher training!

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