sewing · sewing activewear

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!

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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!)

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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.

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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)

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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.

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish StitchedPine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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:

Pine Crest Fabrics with Repreve: Recycled Active Wear - Trish Stitched

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.}

Advertisements
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.

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

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.

DSC_1032Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched

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:


Shop all of Pine Crest on fabric.com here:


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.}