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Pine Crest Fabric: Recycled Work Out Wear!

I am so excited to be writing this post right now! You guys know I love my activewear, so I’m so happy to share another workout outfit with you! A super special thank you to Pine Crest Fabric for the most beautiful fabrics!

When Pine Crest Fabric first reached out to me and I did my research on the company, I saw a section on their site about recycled fabrics (you may remember me mentioning this in my floral workout wear post: here). Well, a few months ago, Molly from Pine Crest reached back out to me about the recycled fabrics and I am so excited to review them for you! You guys. I’m freaking out. In the best way possible!

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Activewear is a huge passion of mine, and since I love running (and now cycling), I love workout wear. But my eco-friendly mindset has struggled with creating activewear. Good workout gear is not eco friendly, and to be honest, I can’t workout in cotton – or other natural fibers because I sweat A LOT. (Sorry, a little too much info, but it’s the truth). So I need strong clothes that can take a beating through wash and wear.

While I’ve tried buying second hand workout wear, I still don’t get the same satisfaction as making my clothing. So when Pine Crest came out with their Repreve Collection, I was so happy. Repreve fabrics are made with recycled water bottles!

And, in terms of creating the fabric, Pine Crest says this about Repreve, “Compared to the virgin fiber creation process, these eco-friendly fabrics have fibers using new petroleum. This allows for lower greenhouse gas emissions and the ability to conserve water and energy in the process.” We are getting closer and closer to being able to enjoy better fabric options- sustain-ably!

While I certainly have tried to limit my plastic waste over the years, and have done a pretty good job with it, the reality is that not everyone controls their amount of plastic waste. There are so many plastic bottles in the world, just like waste in general. While the sustainable movement is definitely growing, plastic use also grows, and this is a great product to re-use the waste.

You guys know I love my colors and prints, but I have dreamed about a pair of sustainable black leggings for the longest time, and now was my chance! I got 2 yards of black Valor, 2 yards of Virtue in the most beautiful color, Cosmo, and a yard of their Olympus galaxy printed fabric (not recycled), to put together the perfect workout outfit. (Scroll down to get links!)

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I decided on making all new patterns for this project, and turned to Greenstyle Creations Patterns. I’ve never sewn these patterns but have been seeing them all over the place and had to try them out.

I’m wearing the Power Sports Bra, Peg Leg Leggings, and the Tie Back Tank.

Power Sports Bra: oh my god. If you are looking for a good sports bra pattern- this is it. Not only are all the options great, but the construction is so much cleaner than other bras I’ve made. I decided on the strappy back, and LOVE how the straps were made. I also made this bra with removable cups, and a mesh lining. I was between sizes and sized down because I wanted a tighter fit. It’s perfect!

I’ve already talked about Olympus fabric from Pine Crest, and how much I love it, and again, it did not disappoint. This fabric is such a great weight for active wear – and for sports bras, it’s got a great stretch while being secure enough to do some serious activity.

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The tie back tank was a quick and easy make. I did the binding option with the racer back. It was an easy make, and the fit is very nice. Again, another pattern with a number of options, which is always nice to have! I made a size XS. (Shown here without being tied in front, and below once tied)

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The leggings were a free pattern from Patterns for Pirates – the Peg Leg Leggings. I also downloaded the free add-ons offered by the company and made the leggings high waisted, with a side pocket. I really love the fit of these, but wanted to add elastic to the top of the waistband to make these extra secure for running.

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When it comes to black leggings, I always get nervous they will still be see through, but I have not had a single issue with these! I do have a little bit left that I’m hoping to make a pair of shorts from. I am so impressed by this fabric.

The leggings and bra are both great for running, and I love having the top to throw on after working out or for hopping on the bike! I did a short run so far with the leggings and bra and both were successful in terms of wear and feel. I didn’t hit maximum “sweat-age” just yet, but they did feel great during my run.

I still can’t believe I have a source for recycled active fabrics. And now you do too! Fabric.com is stocking these materials, so no need for a wholesale account through Pine Crest. Although, if you did want to start an active wear apparel brand – I totally recommend using Pine Crest for your fabric source!

Here’s more detail:

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Virtue is a lighter weight fabric created in an array of colors that’s perfect for swimwear or active tops. Virtue is the material I used for my top, in Cosmo. Click the Fabric.com link below to get this fabric!


Valor is a bottom weight fabric that comes in both classic black and white (for printing), which is the perfect weight for leggings, shorts, etc. Fabric.com will be adding this to their site soon and I’ll update the post as soon as I get the link!

The third fabric I’ve tested from Pine Crest is called Olympus. It isn’t recycled, but the quality is out of this world. Shop the galaxy print fabric here: (And it’s on sale!!)

 

This was a great way to kick off my active wear sewing for the year. And I have a pair of Hudson Pants on deck, and plenty of fabric to make shorts for Spring and Summer!

 

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

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Purple Floral Workout Gear- Sports Bra & Leggings

Three posts in one week – I’ve been on such a sewing kick that I want to share what’s been going on in my little world!

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’ve wanted to invest in making activewear. It’s one of those projects, much like jeans, that comes with fear. I need activewear that’s going to work – like really work. I need comfortable, durable and proper fit. As a runner, it is so hard finding supportive sports bras at a reasonable price, and while leggings are a dime a dozen, I need thick, moisture wicking pairs and they have to have a pocket.

The absolute most difficult part about sewing activewear is the fabric. Recently, JoAnn’s has been offering amazing active fabrics, and I’ve picked up a few different pieces. Before that discovery, I bought from a couple online stores and was pleased with the materials as well. I tend to stay away from materials that are too thin, because the finished product can feel cheap, and the thinner something is, the less likely I am to wear it on a constant basis.

The second most difficult part about sewing activewear is finding the right pattern. I made the Pneuma Tank, but discovered that it really isn’t as running friendly as I would like. There are a ton of leggings patterns, and I’ve made a few, but have come to love Sloan Leggings because of the pocket option. I love the design lines, because they don’t cut off horizontally, but rather vertically, which is petite leg friendly.

I’m still working on making tops, and have a couple patterns to try out but I wanted to test a new sports bra first. There are a few sports bra sewing patterns on the market, but many of them look weak (meant more for yoga or walking, not high impact). I snatched up a copy of Simplicity’s latest sports bra pattern #8339 and tested it out with some leftover active fabrics and am very happy with the result.

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I made view C, but it’s actually difficult to figure out what view is what based on the envelope. I made the version with skinny straps, lower back and no bra closure. I followed the instructions on measurements and based on my size, made a C, and cut out pattern pieces for size 30. If you plan on making this bra, it is SO important to follow the pattern sizes and not your typical bra size. The fit came out so well for me and if I had sewn my ready-to-wear size, it would have been way too small.

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I’ve mentioned in the past that my bras need a layer of padding and I feel very uncomfortable without one. This pattern makes it pretty easy to add cups but no, this bra does not come with instructions for adding cups – I’m still waiting for a pattern like that! Luckily there is Petite Josette’s tutorial for adding bra cups, so I took that base and remixed it.

I did not make the cups in this bra removable. If you don’t care that your cups are removable, there are just a few steps to adding them to this bra- I’m planning on writing a small tutorial post for those interested.

The skinny straps on this bra are rather supportive, but I wouldn’t wear this if I was going out for a 10 mile run. I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m sure it would be great for a shorter 3-5 mile run. When I’m going on longer runs I like to wear clothes I would wear for race day, and I think the thicker strap bra would be a winner for that. I didn’t make the thick straps because I like the lower back of view C but plan on making view B for my next bra. The strap support of view B has major potential to be my go to sports bra pattern.

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Now I need to be honest here, I wear my sports bras for more than running. I wear them as often as I can, because regular bras are a pain. In my everyday life I’m pretty active, with working on the farm and constantly moving around in my sewing studio, that the need for a real bra only exists when I go out. Mind you, I’m a small B, so I also don’t need to constantly wear a super supportive and fancy real bra. So this bra is not just for running – it’s just an added perk that I can wear it for multiple uses. If you are a bra specialist, I apologize, I’m sure this is a HUGE no-no – It’s just what I enjoy wearing!

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This pattern is a definite keeper. It’s cute, comfortable, comes with various sewing options and it’s supportive. This version also matches one of my favorite pairs of Sloan Leggings!

Details:

Plum Active Fabric: Sold out from Imagine Gnats but there are other colors available!

Floral Cotton Lycra: Sold Out from Spandex World but this site has a ton of fabric options.

Pink Waistband Elastic: Joann Fabrics

Grey (straps): Joann Fabric

I can sometimes be on the fence with bigger pattern companies, because sizing can be so off on my body. I encourage you to give this pattern a try if you are looking for a good sports bra. Next on my pattern wishlist is a pair of double running shorts (bike shorts underneath a pair of regular shorts). This is my favorite style of running shorts and they are SO difficult to find! Guess I have to make my own pattern!

Have a great weekend!

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Aires Workout Leggings

The latest issue of Seamwork Magazine came out right before leaving for vacation and I instantly fell in love with the workout leggings on the cover. Maybe it’s because I was starting marathon training again and quickly running out of clothes to wear, or because I had the perfect fabric in mind for these pants-whatever the reason my mind gravitated towards these, and I had to make them ASAP. So, the day after returning from the Bahamas, these pants had begun.

I made Aires out of some performance fabric I bought from Fabric.com. This fabric was heavier than typical active fabrics I’ve worked with- which I’m hoping translates to “warmer” as I’ll be using these for outdoor runs. I do wish the fabric stretched a little more, as the pants are tighter than I would have preferred – but I think working them in will help. I made the XS, as per my measurements, but the hem on my calves are so tight they have to be worn a little higher. If I make these again, I will be leaving my calves a little more room.

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I love the design detail on Aires and had been wanting to use a swatch from Spoonflower on a pair of leggings but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it, and this was a great chance to show it off! Aires also features a small pocket on the back waistband which is the perfect size for a Gu, which I like to carry for a shot of energy.

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I definitely recommend the pattern. It’s a quick sew, and a great chance to use some fun fabrics!

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I wanted to photograph these pants against the New York skyline because I always feature my parent’s farm in photo shoots. I live about a 10 minute walk from the pier in Hoboken and the view is always spectacular. I’m also not used to people being around when taking pictures so these were taken 7:30 Sunday morning so no one would see!

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This morning was particularly cold so my actual run for the day I wore fleece lined running leggings and a few more layers on top so I can’t yet comment on the fabric and it’s wicking capabilities but I’ll wear them this week at the gym for a test.

I’m also looking to make Rio, the t-shirt pattern from the same Seamwork issue, but need to find some colorful fabrics for that one! Seamwork has been a great resource. The articles are fantastic and the patterns are cute, and usually quick makes. (I’ve made the Nantucket Shorts previously). Check it out if you haven’t already!

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Active Wear! Running Carpis

GUYS. IT HAPPENED. I finally made my first piece of active wear! This isn’t a very exciting piece of clothing but it’s a start. I came across Spit Up & Stilettos, a site that was offering free womans patterns and I wanted to make the Caroline shirt. I was interested to know how the patterns fit so I decided to make the Matilda Leggings first.

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The pattern came in a great range of sizes, xs – xl and I cut an XS (size 0-2).This pattern allows you to choose between shorts, Capri and pants which are great options!

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The fabric is from Joann’s. I had an awful experience with Joann’s customer service over the holidays and now refuse to purchase anything online from them so this fabric was one of the few in store options. It’s similar to this but looks darker in person. It has a great amount of stretch and a good weight to it making it a nice option for leggings.

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They went together fast, since I made my own pattern for leggings before – the process was similar. The first time I tried them on, the waist seams started snapping. I reinforced all straight stitches with zig zag stitches so the seams were fine but I found it strange. I cut the fabric properly and used polyester thread like the pattern suggested – the pattern can actually be taken in a little in the waist to fit better but I don’t know why the seams snapped. I don’t have a serger but haven’t had this problem with sewing knits before. I’ll have to do a little investigating to solve the problem.

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I’m excited to take these out for a test run, but that won’t be for at least a month. I’m training for my first marathon and I have no runs under 5 miles until right before the race.

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For now, they will just be comfortable lounge pants.