#RefashionFriday · inspiration · refashion · sewing

#RefashionFriday Blazer to Moto Jacket Refashion

Happy Friday! The refashioning world has been on fire for some time and it is so awesome to see other people taking clothing and making it into something new! I am so happy to see other people watching their apparel intake and re-using things they already own, or buying second hand instead of new!

I have a few links from around the web to share:

1. A mall in Sweden is 100% committed to recycled and upcycled goods. A small mall featuring 14 specialty shops sell their goods, and teach others to upcycle! I would love for a mall like this in New Jersey, and would most definitely have a store! Read about it HERE.

2. Looking to get paid for your old t-shirts? Send them to this company! Marine Layer will pay you $5 for your old tee (up to $25) and re-spin it into a new tee! Order a kit or shop their collection HERE. I am super curious about this myself and have to go through Drew’s closet to get rid of some of his tees!

3. I’ve been a fan of ThredUp for years, and they recently released a clothing line geared towards sustainability! Their collection Remade was created with the garments second life in mind. It is a collection of basics that ThredUp guarantees to take back and pay out 40% of original cost when you are finished with the item. I absolutely love the idea, but do wish it was taken a step further and that the items were created with sustainable fabrics. There isn’t much info on the creation of the line, but the clothes are fairly inexpensive so production lines are still a little blurred. But I’m happy to say it is a step in the right direction! Shop Remade HERE.

Whew!

So much good recycling happening in the world! Now it’s time to share my own!

#RefashionFriday Blazer to Moto Jacket - Trish Stitched

I love a huge refashioning challenge. I can’t do them too often because the ideas just don’t come all the time, but when I get hit in the head with a crazy idea, I have to try it out. I really wanted to sew something floral. It’s been awhile since my wardrobe has seen a new floral piece and I miss my colorful apparel. I had this blazer hanging in my refashioning closet for months – probably purchased last summer – and was trying to figure out what to turn it into.

Then pinterest did it’s magical work and I saw a motorcycle jacket online and thought “how cool would it be to turn a blazer into a moto jacket. I wonder if that’s possible”…. and down the rabbit hole I went to see if it has been done before and gather inspiration photos!

Over-sized blazers have been in and out of fashion for years. This particular one had a lot of length, and that was the first thing to go. Since it was longer, I was able to cut the pockets right off and not have to worry about them.

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I thought the hardest part of this refashion was going to be the zipper. But it actually turned out to be pretty easy. I was able to open the lapel seam directly on one side to insert the zipper. The second side was also easy to put in. My blazer had an interior facing that I was able to trace, then used that line to put in the zipper.

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The next step was adding in the zippered welt pockets. I have a moto jacket with zippered pockets, so I took similar measurements for my jacket.  After inserting the pockets I created a lining for the sides. The back of the blazer already had a lining so I just had to add the sides.

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The hardest part of this refashion was the sleeves. And I’m still not 100% thrilled with them, but until I decide what to do, they work well!

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I originally wanted to take the same fabric I took for the lining to make the sleeves but after shaping, the fabric was too rough for a comfortable sleeve. I’m not sure if I want to get a new sleeve fabric, or leave the sleeves as is. I am also curious about adding sleeve zippers, but instead of throwing this to the side waiting until I decided, I wanted to have a finished product. So I re-sized the sleeves and put them back in!

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I took some video of the process, but I’m not really sure how it came out. There were a few steps I did, then un-did, so it’s going to take awhile to make a video – if I look enough to explain the process! Now that I know how to do it, I really want to find another blazer to do this with. Fingers crossed I can find the perfect one to replicate!

Inspiration:

There were several cool blazer refashions after The Refashioners suit competition last year including this one from Heather over at Closet Case Patterns :

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A Pair and A Spare came up with this refashion to turn a blazer into an off the shoulder top:

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Or turn a blazer into a cape like this DIY:

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(Or watch another cape DIY on youtube here)

 

Have a recent refashion? I would love to see it! Leave a link below or email me at trish@trishstitched.com! Have a great weekend!

 

 

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#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater

Happy Friday! Here is New Jersey, we are prepping for a snow storm – which in Jersey could be a dusting or a full on blizzard. There’s really no telling what we are going to get, but I’m hunkered down with a bunch of sewing projects and wedding planning!

After lengthy refashions, I like to do something easy – and after the jumpsuit, I wanted something a little more wearable in my wardrobe. Enter my love of athleisure. I absolutely love being comfortable. I think everyone does, right?

When I’m working from home, my every day look in winter is jeans and a sweatshirt. I rotate three pairs of jeans, and about 5 different sweatshirts. Comfort, but still put together enough if someone knocks on my door. But sweatshirts can get a little boring, and I had this cardigan just sitting around so a new refashion it is!

I haven’t worked with knits in awhile, and Janome sent over their new AirThreader a few weeks ago that I wanted to test out! I personally own the Janome New Home 8002D serger that I’ve been using for a few years, and love it to pieces, but the part I dislike most about serging, threading! The Janome AirThreader is so easy to thread, I thought it was too good to be true. But after one quick video on youtube, I was threading in no time! I can’t believe how easy it is, and it will be a sad day when this machine goes back to Janome!

Onto the refashion!

#RefashionFriday Cardigan to Open Back Sweater Refashion - Trish Stitched

For this refashion, all you need is an old cardigan! This one came from my dad’s closet, (which came from my Grandpa’s closet!) and at a size Large, it was more material than I needed, but this refashion would work best with something a little bigger than your size. The trick to this refashion is turning the back into the front! I have a youtube video showing the process, and to break it down, here are the steps!

1- Cut off button placket.

2- On the back of the cardigan (which will become the new front) cut a scoop neck, about 2″ down in the center front.

3- Cut off bottom ribbing, save for later. If you have front pockets, cut right above taking pockets off.

4- Using a serger (or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine) finish raw edges, and re-attach ribbing to new hemline.

5- On the new back of the cardigan, fold “neckline” 1/2″ and stitch, giving you a clean edge.

6- To finish bottom of sweater, overlap one edge over the other, about 3″, or however tight you wish to make your sweater.

7- Stitch the overlap, and stitch as far up as you want your back to overlap. I stitched until the natural curve of the neckline, but for more drape, stitch less, for more coverage, stitch more. You may need to pin and try on for this step, to get the fit even.

8- If needed, hem the sleeves. I wanted to keep the original wristband, so I measured how much of the sleeve I would need to take out to sew the wristband back on. I took out 3″.

9- Cut off wristband and extra sleeve length. Re-attach wristband, making sure to spread fabric evenly.

10- Optional: Using one of the cut off sleeve portions, create your back band. Fold fabric right sides together, lengthwise and stitch long edge creating a tube. Turn right side out and press.

11- Try your sweater on to determine where to pin back band. Stitch down and you are done!

I decided not to re-size the full sleeve because I like my athleisure larger and comfier, and didn’t see the need to make the arms skinnier.

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It even looks cute with a sports bra!

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Open back sweaters are a huge trend in athleisure right now, and there are so many cute versions!

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{All images from Pinterest, links are either broken or spam sites, but look up ‘open back cardigan’ for even more inspo!}

I’ll be talking more about the Janome AirThreader in the coming months, but for my first into project, it was a breeze!

And here’s a quick tip for sewing with lighter weight knits- turn your presser foot tension down to keep the knits from getting wavy! The lighter the presser foot, the easier the fabric feeds through!

#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit

Happy Holidays everyone! Things around here have been crazy busy! With Christmas sewing and getting together with family, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time sewing for myself.

A jumpsuit has been on my sewing bucket list for a few months, but because of my petite shape, I honestly didn’t think I could pull off a “onesie” of fabric without looking swallowed whole. I tried a few ‘ready- to- wear’ jumpsuits on, and even from the juniors section, the proportions were all wrong. I figured I might as well try to make one, just to see if it could work for me!

Since this was a brand new experiment, and I didn’t want to waste expensive fabric on something that wouldn’t look great, I dove into my refashioning pile for fabric. This extra-extra-extra large stretch velvet dress was perfect! This dress was a 5x, and looked so miserable on the hanger, I don’t think it would have been touched by anyone else. It was also very clear anything and everything attaches to the fabric, so experimenting with this $4 dress felt like the way to go.

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I started research for what was selling in stores at the moment, and came across this jumpsuit at Anthropologie. I loved the wider leg and belt that attaches at waist. Knowing my body type, I needed to find a specific pattern. Something that wouldn’t cover my entire body, something with a defined waist, and something with just a hint of detail. New Look 6493 had what I needed, and would allow me to adapt the pattern for what I wanted.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Since the pattern didn’t have the best reputation online (large bodice), I decided to make a muslin. After that, I found I needed to size down in the bodice and bring the waistline up about an inch. Then it was onto the real fabric!

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This refashion was all about the creative cutting. I used almost every inch of the dress, and using anything smaller, I wouldn’t have been able to make this.

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Besides the bodice being drapier than expected, I would consider it a great pattern. I had no issues sewing or following the directions, which is always a win for me! Following the tie detail on the Anthropologie jumpsuit, I made my own waist ties, and attached one in each side seam.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

Pattern details:

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Bodice Size: 8

Pant Size: 10

Alterations made: Waistline moved up 1″, Belt sewn into side seams, Front neckline tacked down.

I originally measured to fit in a size 10 bodice but needed to size down to the 8. I still have plenty of room on top, and could go tighter, but it is comfortable. (For reference, I am a size 00-0, 4’9″)

I am now a converted jumpsuit lover! This thing is so comfortable, I can’t believe it took so long to make one. Now I just need a holiday party to wear it to!

(Below photos were taken before I hemmed the pants and cut down the belt by 1″)

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

#RefashionFriday Dress to Jumpsuit - Trish Stitched

 

Refashion Inspiration: 

This is such a great idea for bridesmaids dresses! Throw on a jean jacket and some fun jewelry and it’s the cutest outfit! See it here.

Refashions

How about making a mini romper for your little one! I LOVE this idea from Heather (heatherhandmade.com)

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In other news, last Saturday night, Drew proposed to me! After 7 years of dating, he asked me to be his wife! We went out to dinner where we had our first date, and then took a walk in the park. I was so cold, and a little nervous because it was really dark, I made Drew turn around after about 2 minutes of walking. On the way back to the car he told me he had a confession to make. The previous weekend he told me he was getting lunch with his friends, when he really drove out to see my parents. He asked both of them for their blessing, and showed them the ring.

We were walking towards the only street light in the park, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! The moment is still a little blurry, because as soon as he opened the box I jumped back and said “holy shit!” haha super romantic, right?

I’m still in shock that I’m engaged, and I still think it was all a dream until I look down at my finger and see it actually happened! I’ve actually been wedding planning in my head for years, so it’s a ton of fun to be contacting the people I’ve been dreaming about working with!

I am so, so excited to be marrying my best friend, it’s really a dream come true.

Since I started sewing, I’ve wanted to make my own wedding dress, and it will be happening! You’ll probably be seeing glimpses of wedding planning and dress making, but I won’t be showing the full thing until after the wedding!

Happy Friday!

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched

 

#RefashionFriday · inspiration · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#RefashionFriday Easy Top Refashion

Happy Friday! If you are reading from anywhere by me, happy snow day! We got quite a few inches, and it’s pretty messy out there. So it’s the perfect time for #snowdaysewday! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, sewing!

I have a new refashion to share, and it’s such an easy one – you can do it with a top in your own wardrobe right now!

A little backstory on this shirt: I didn’t buy this until the third time I saw it. I fell in love with the print, but didn’t need a new refashion project, so I left it behind, especially since it didn’t have any tears or stains, it could be worn as is. Second time seeing it, I still loved it, but I still passed. When it was there the third time around, I knew it was a sign that I had to get it. I gave others plenty of time to buy it, but it sat and needed a little love. (and a few less shoulder pads!)

This refashion didn’t stay in my pile for long because I knew I wanted to keep it easy, especially after my last refashion. This top was a size M, and while I’m normally an XS in women’s sizes, this refashion would work even better if you had a top that already fit!

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Since I had to resize, that was the first step. I removed the sleeves and took in about 2″ on each side. I did taper it out, so my sides stayed wider towards the bottom.

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With the shirt inside out, on the back, mark from underarm-underarm, about 1″ under the line where the underarms meet. Seam rip the sides up to that point, and a little more for your seam allowance, I did an extra 1/4″. (I like to keep my seam allowances smaller).

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The line previously drawn is where we cut! Cut the back piece away.

For the contrast back, I used an old tank top in my refashion pile. If you don’t have an old top, use the cut off back to draft a new piece, add a hem as long as you want!

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Cut the new back to desired length. For mine, I cut straight across the underarm!

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Next step, attach the new back! Start by attaching the top printed back to the new back (wrong sides together), before sewing the sides. I had a little extra fabric in my printed shirt, but made a little pleat in the center to account for it.

For my resized top, I had to hem the front up before attaching the sides, since my tank hem was already finished.

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If needed, resize the sleeves, and you are done! I also turned the existing cuff up again to shorten the sleeve.

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I really do love how this top turned out, and how easy it was to give it a little face lift!

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Looking for a little more blouse inspiration?

This refashion from etsy is a beautiful example of mixing fabrics.

Refashion Ideas

This top is a great idea for those shirts a little too tight (original link broken)

Refashion Ideas

And this refashion is too good not to share. If you have two similar shirts, or want to mix up a favorite shirt, how about something like this?

Refashion Ideas

Happy Friday!

for the boy · self-less sewing · sewing

Drew’s Finlayson Sweater

I’ve mentioned it before – but I’ll mention it again. Drew is SO hard to make for. A few weeks ago it was our 7 year anniversary and I wanted to make him something really special. We’ve had a big year, with buying a house and finally moving out of Hoboken, and I wanted something handmade to give him.

A few of my ideas fell through when I couldn’t find the proper fabric and I was frantically trying to find a new pattern to make. I did a quick search on pinterest and came across the Finlayson Sweater by Thread Theory Design.

Besides finding a pattern, picking the fabric was daunting. When I pick fabric for my wardrobe, it’s easy and I have to talk myself out of several options! But when it came time for shopping for a guy, who has a very minimalist wardrobe, it was tough.

I came across this knit fabric that was “reversible”, and since I wasn’t sure which side to use in the store, darker or lighter, I thought having options within one fabric was a good call. I decided to go with the darker grey on the outside, so that the cozier grey would be on the inside. The light grey has a more casual feel, but with the dark grey on the exterior, he can actually wear this on a casual Friday at work!

The only thing left was getting Drew’s measurements. Obviously he knew I was making him something, but since I took every measurement I could think of, he had no idea what I was making! I took leg measurements, arm, back, etc, so for all he knew I was making him a full suit! This gift wasn’t a total surprise – but I could still keep him on his toes!

The Finlayson Sweater came together very quickly, and easily. The instructions were fantastic, and the only time I referred to the sew-a-long was to attach the neck band. I cut out this sweater on a Sunday night, to make on Monday, and was finished Monday afternoon!

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Drew typically wears a size Large in ready to wear clothing, and I wound up making a Large in the sweater. It fits perfectly and he loves it!

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It was such an easy pattern that I offered to make him another with fabric that he picks out and he was super happy to hear that!

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Don’t mind the fold on the front, I meant to iron it out but forgot before giving it to him and he wouldn’t let me iron it out before he put it on!

It’s been a few weeks and he’s already worn his new sweater a couple times, which makes me happy – and I can’t believe he even let me photograph him in it!

I won’t share what I plan on making him for Christmas – just in case he happens to read this post – but I wanted to share some other patterns on my radar, if you want to make something for a man in your life!

Comox Trunks  – boxer shorts

Trailblazer Vest 

Sage Tee – this one’s free!!

Albion Coat – for the ambitious!

Also, I updated my latest post with the video but wanted to share it here too! My “how to” video for my Refashioned Trench!

inspiration · refashion · sewing

The Refashioners 2018: Trench Coat Refashion

Happy Halloween! Today is all about the treats, because I am so happy I finished my entry to the Refashioners challenge! For those that aren’t familiar, The Refashioners Challenge is an online competition created by Portia from Makery, that challenges participants to refashion based on a theme. In previous years, I’ve done a denim refashion and a suit refashion. The rules for this year were a little different -it’s all about being inspired by a look or outfit and recreate your own version!

I love the refashioners because it takes me out of my refashioning bubble to test my skills and creativity. But this years challenge of being “inspired by” left me stumped. I was thinking of a movie character or favorite actor who’s style I liked, but came up blank! After the challenge was released, Cath Kidston came out with a cute jacket I really wanted, so I set out to try to find pieces to refashion it! Unfortunately, it was tough to find the right pieces and this project quickly became a pain. Since I couldn’t make the jacket from my favorite designer, I starting looking at fashion from my other favorite designers. I love Alice and Olivia, and think the style of clothing is so fantastic, but the price of their clothing, not so fantastic. I saw this trench coat and automatically fell in love! But at $660, there was no way I would ever buy that. But, it looked like it could make for a great refashion! Here’s the final result!

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It took a few weeks to find a trench coat, and I was surprised by the lack of trenches in thrift stores! I went to a rummage sale and found this beauty! I loved the cuff detail, and that it was a double breasted coat, both features the original coat had. And at $12, it was perfect!

I had to rack my brain for a few days to figure out how to cut and re-sew to make it look like the original trench coat, but the first thing I knew I had to do was re-size the entire coat. I removed the collar, arms and body, which also removed the lining and the zippered lining that came with the coat.

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First I removed 2″ from each side front piece. I didn’t want to disturb the pockets, and I had to watch the buttons on the front, so taking two inches was as much as I could take. Thankfully it worked out beautifully!

I cut the center back in half to take 4″ out to mimic the front. With all the alterations, I had to alter the neckline to refit the collar. But before the collar, I wanted to fit the sleeves!

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The sleeves needed to be taken in a few inches, and the tops had a strange curve to them that needed to be straightened out. The sleeves also had to be chopped in half to make room for the gathered bottoms, and I was able to use the excess of the lower sleeve for the gathering! The cuff detail with D-ring from the original coat was sewn onto the new sleeve, so I was able to use almost the full sleeve!

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The part of this refashion that I was extremely nervous about was the collar. I rarely sew collars, and have never drafted my own but I was lucky this coat came with an under collar, and I was able to re-attach the original to the new neckline. I used the old collar outline to make the new collar, just extending the sides. I had to do a few alterations on the new collar, but thankfully it went together easily!

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To finish it out, I cut about 6″ off the length, and stitched down the open collar flaps to give it the shape of the original design.

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Overall, it doesn’t match exactly to my inspiration, but I love it! The sleeves were gathered more than I intended but it definitely adds more flair! I’m happy with how the collar area came out, and I can wear it a little more open but pull it tighter as well.

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I’m really happy with the result, and so happy that I finished. I took some video of the process and am hoping to put it all together soon. What do you think? Did I do the designer coat justice or should I leave the expensive designs to the pros?

Drew and I have a wedding on Friday and it looks like perfect trench coat weather, so she will have her first outing soon!

Update: Here’s the video!

handmade wardrobe · sewing · sewing activewear

Pine Crest Fabrics: Floral Workout Gear!

Happy Friday! Long time, no blog, I know! It’s been crazy the past few weeks – so much sewing but not a lot of sharing! I had a craft show a few weeks ago that had me in a sewing frenzy! To top that off, two of my machines were down and I had to get them serviced. But lucky for me, the sewing repair store had my dream machine on sale and I got my first “industrial” machine! It is the Janome 1600P, Janome’s version of an industrial machine, and I LOVE it. I was sewing on it 9 hours straight for three days and it was pure bliss. Eventually I’ll get around to writing a full review, because it’s a sewing machine not a lot of people know about!

I got my machines back last week (Janome HD3000 and Janome Serger) and I was able to work on this new active wear project I’m super excited to share! A few weeks ago, Pine Crest Fabrics reached out to me about trying some of their fabrics, and of course, I was intrigued. I wasn’t familiar with Pine Crest but now I’m so happy I know about them!

Pine Crest is a wholesale fabric company specializing in active wear fabrics! They offer many different types of fabrics including performance, costume, gymnastics, dance, and even medical fabric! They offer features like compression fabrics, mesh and moisture wicking – so they are pretty well rounded in the athletic fabric department. Their biggest seller, Olympus (75% Poly and 25% Spandex) was the fabric I was asked to test.

Pine Crest told me to pick a print out of their digital print library, which currently houses 7,720 different prints, and I was basically a kid in a candy store! I looked at every single print because I wanted to choose the right one. I had a list of about 10 and eventually narrowed it down to the most amazing floral print. (Yes, I skipped over the cacti prints because I really need to limit the cacti in my wardrobe) Pine Crest graciously sent me a few yards of the floral and a few yards of their solid Olympus in matching copper.

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First things first, this fabric is stunning. The dark floral has a white backing so I was a little nervous about stretching and revealing the white underneath, but the fabric is such a wonderful weight that I had no problems! One of my biggest concerns about activewear fabric is that many tend to be too thin, and when shopping online, that’s a huge issue you can face, especially when you are sewing bottoms. Thankfully, I now know the brand to look for because this fabric is going to be my go-to legging fabric.

I can always use another pair of leggings, and there was a new sports bra on the market I wanted to try out. So for this set, I turned to Simplicity 8632. (May also appear as D0949) I love high waisted leggings, and I really liked the idea of a longer-line sports bra. With high waisted leggings, I don’t feel super exposed, and I feel like I can really bend and stretch without the fear of the back creeping down.

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This fabric is a dream to sew with. I’ve done a fair amount of active wear sewing, and while I’m not an expert, I immediately know when a fabric will work for me – and this fabric WORKED. It feels substantial without being too thick, and sewed beautifully. There was a section on the sports bra I had to unpick, and I was nervous with what that might do to the material but no problems here! And the print is stunning. I definitely made the right choice! While some printed fabrics can get blurry if done improperly, this print shows all the details including the lines on the flowers and leaves. And on a quick note- Pine Crest’s site shows you how the print will look on garments so if you are concerned with the size of the repeat, just click a few photos and see how it’ll look on a dress or bathing suit. Test it out here!

Now for the pattern details:

Sports Bra: I made a size small, and could have sized down to an XS. (I had to take the sides in a little). This is a low impact sports bra. It does not come with instructions on adding cups, but I’m sure it’s possible. This bra would be great for yoga, cycling, core workouts, but anything where you are jumping or running is probably better suited with more support. Even though the back has a really cute design, it’s better left at home on a long run. Another alteration I made was omitting the bra back closure and I just sewed the ends together. I would definitely make this bra again!

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

Leggings: Again, I made a size Small, and while I thought they fit well, after walking around a bit, I noticed something interesting…they had a lot of extra material in the knee area. Now, I do like my leggings tight, and prefer unsaggy back knees (is there an actual term for this part of the body?), so I had to go in and pin the knees in tighter. It was a simple alteration, but a strange one I’ve never encountered. I’m not sure if it was due to being petite, but you can actually see the back leg sagging on the pattern envelope so perhaps this was how they were drafted. Another note, I took about 1″ off the waistband because with my shorter torso, they were a little too high. If I make them again, I’ll probably take it off the top of the legs instead of the waistband. I also shortened these roughly 8″ to capri length because I have about 4 pairs of full length leggings and need capri length in my wardrobe! I could have sized down on these as well, but I’m a crazy person and like things suuuuper tight- they are perfectly fine the way they are!

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

Now onto my top. While the envelope made it look super cute, I was not a happy camper while making this. I know that is not what you want to hear when talking about pretty fabrics and new patterns but I need to share my honest opinion. Simplicity 8704 was not my friend. I received a few yards of the solid Olympus fabric in Copper – and it is a lighter weight than the printed material. I actually really like the contrast because you can do a lot with both and I wanted to test this fabric on a top. This fabric is a great weight for a long sleeve top or base layer because it will keep you just warm enough while you are working up a sweat.

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

I decided to make View C because it was simple, and I really didn’t want a cell phone pocket. This top started out normal, and having just made a simplicity pattern in the bra and leggings, I thought I knew what to expect. I have never worked with a pattern that made me feel so stupid. I’m a pretty confident seamstress, and have made a lot of patterns over the 12 years I’ve been sewing. The directions and photos were awful. The front pocket was a mess and I had to re-do it about 4 times. To be honest, if I didn’t already cut my gorgeous fabric, I would have thrown this project in the trash. I suffered through and got the pocket straightened out and thought I was home free. Next headache was the zipper and after needing to re-do that 3 times, I was just about done altogether.

Laying flat on my sewing table, the top was cute and looked wearable, but physically wearing it, the zipper looked all sorts of messed up, I was cringing. Being given this fabric, I wanted to make something spectacular! Especially since the fabric is so beautiful, I wanted to do it justice. But this top crushed my poor little sewing soul. I was left with two options – try to salvage it and turn it into something wearable or cut out the crop top from Simplicity D0949 and start all over.

So my refashioning brain got to work and I cut out a new front to salvage the top. I completely omitted the pocket and zipper and just made a turtleneck pullover top (the key to making this work with the neck was to use a serger so the seams can stretch!)

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

So the top is technically saved. And it’s ok, and I will totally wear it because the fabric is beautiful and having another top is great – but I will never make this pattern again. As a seamstress you never want to produce anything bad. It’s in our blood to make pretty, wearable garments where people can’t tell you made it. But more than that, when you work on a project for another company, you want everything to come out picture perfect. But if I lied and said this was the way I wanted the top to be, then I wouldn’t feel happy with myself, and I wouldn’t be able to tell you about the really great thing to come out of this.

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

For as many seams as I ripped out and re-sewed with this fabric, it looked as if I never sewed a stitch in the first place. And I ripped out a lot of seams. This fabric held up so well, I’m shocked. Sometimes with knits you can get a few holes or the fabric gets snagged when you fight your machine but I had no problems with the material. That’s the sign of a good fabric.

Now I know you are probably reading this and asking yourself, why is this girl telling me about wholesale fabrics? Because that was one of the first concerns I had about Pine Crest – where am I supposed to buy it if I fall in love?! Well, well, well – you can buy it at fabric.com – this exact print! Fabric.com does not have the solid copper, but they do offer many other color options!

Shop this floral print here:


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Now, for all my sustainable lovers out there – which come on, should be EVERYONE – I was doing a little digging and came across Pine Crest’s commitment to the environment. While they do a lot of recycling within their own offices (and you can read all about their personal practices here) they also stock Repreve which is fabric made from recycled water bottles!  In their own words, “Repreve® is one of the most certified, earth-friendly fibers available in the world. High-quality, recycled Polyester yarns are made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles, pre-consumer industrial waste or a hybrid blend of both.”

Now I wasn’t able to find an online retailer selling Repreve by the yard (although this etsy shop has fabric made from water bottles), but my contact at Pine Crest let me know that they are working with fabric.com to get recycled fabrics at the retail level! How cool is that?! No word on timeline but we are becoming a little closer to getting more sustainable fabrics! If you have a local business who you think should check out Repreve – direct them here!

Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

Thanks so much for reading! If you try either of the patterns mentioned above, let me know! And if you make something with Pine Crest, I would love to see!

{Please note: this post may contain affiliate links. While I was given fabric to review by Pine Crest Fabrics, all opinions are my own.}