It was during a high intensity aerobics class that the idea for this exact make came to me but my interest in sewing sportswear has been growing over the last few weeks. Well what endorphin addicted sewer wouldn’t be inspired by Winnie’s running leggings, Carolyn’s cycling jersey and Becca’s built-in bra exercise top. I’m going to be the first in the queue if Becca produces her top as a multisize pattern!
I had to shelve my idea for a few weeks though because I couldn’t find any sportswear fabrics by the meter (excluding shiny dancewear lycra!)
I entered the fabric shop in my nearest city with the mantra “just notions, just notions from the list, no fabric”. I was doing well, I only had listed notions in my hand when I joined the queue. My eyes began reading the label dangling from a bolt of blue (my kind of blue!) fabric. I read “100% polyester, eyelet high performance to keep the body cool and dry”. My mantra went out of the window and 1 meter of that stuff was mine!
I retraced the Colette Sorbetto pattern and then added a couple of inches to the length, took it in a generous amount at the sides, raised the neckline a tiny bit and eliminated the pleat and darts. Ok, ok so it’s a distant cousin of the Sorbetto!
The neckline and arm holes are bound using this technique which turned out really neat and doesn’t roll to the wrong side at all.
I tested out my Sporty Sorbetto at combat class, wearing it over a sports bra and it was great. No hotter or sweatier than usual, no sweat marks, no static or riding up and not restrictive at all. Since it’s not fitted, it’s definitely a top for upright exercise (running, combat class, step aerobics). I couldn’t wear it for yoga (I’d be flashing my tummy every time I did down dog position!), circuits or dancing. I’m so excited about sewing my own sportswear that I have already ordered Kwik Sew 3672. Its more fitted and has built in shelf-bra so it could be the ideal exercise top for dancing.
Nearly forgot… there was even enough fabric left over for some of Winnie’s Running Bows for my trainers!
What are your favorite sportswear sewing patterns?
No Tofinos here I’m afraid. I was riding on a beginner self-drafted pattern high from my maxi skirt so I launched into a slightly more challenging but still pretty basic self-drafting project – pyjama bottoms.
After scrutinising my favourite pyjama bottoms very closely, I realised that they fit so well because the back panels have more fabric than the front panels – space for my behind but no excess fabric at the tummy. So I drafted two pattern pieces and got stuck into cutting out. The fabric is a lovely soft cotton lawn – comfort is essential for a good nights sleep. The waist is elasticated but I couldn’t resist a fake waist tie with white Petersham ribbon.
I made the top using the Colette Sorbetto pattern and attached satin bias binding down the front pleat. Both top and bottoms were made with French seams for last-ability and comfy sleeping.
On with the party… I raised the matter of a midnight feast on Karen’s Pyjama Party primer post. It’d be rude not to bring something to the party so… who would like a fairy cake?
When I found this fabric amongst my acquired stash, I thought it might be a Liberty of London print. A quick search of the internet revealed that the print I recognised is called Wiltshire from the Liberty Art Fabrics Collection. I enjoyed reading about the history of Liberty fabrics and learnt that the berry and leaf print was first designed in 1933 and redesigned by Tana in 1968. However, I can’t find this particular colourway anywhere (navy background, reddish-pink berries and blue-lilac leaves)… it’s somewhat of a mystery. I have two theories: rare or a copy.
Regardless, I was excited to have it available for my use and thought it’d make a beautiful Sorbetto blouse, a free pattern available from the Coletterie. Using my amended pattern pieces, I carefully cut out the mysterious leaf and berries fabric.
Following on with the lemon Sorbetto toile, I rehearsed bias binding attachment using the facing method described in a Coletterie Tutorial. It worked a treat and my stitching came out really neatly (just seen in the below image).
I’m really proud of the finished blouse. I took my time with cutting, sewing and pressing which paid off. As you can see, I’ve already started accessorising which means it’ll be quickly integrated into my wardrobe.
The wonderful things about blogs are the sharing of ideas, links and makes. After much browsing, sewing bloggers had me convinced that the Colette Sorbetto is a simple beginner blouse pattern (appropriate for my skill level) that is quick to make, highly customisable and a veritable wardrobe staple.
Some of my blogged favourites include:
1. Jenny of Bobbins and Whimsy‘s cheerfully bright version with the perfect colour of piping and binding.
2. Shona’s funky floral number blogged on Shona Stiches.
3. A crease-free personality version the fourth Sorbetto by Karen of Didyoumakethat?
Unfortunately this lovely lemon lining fell into the ‘stained’ category of my acquired stash – I couldn’t get the pink staining out in the wash. Never mind, it was destined to be a Sorbetto toile. Spot the shoulder seam mistake?
As many others have mentioned an extra 1-2 inches in length is needed – I added this before cutting. There were fewer mentions of tight armholes, until I searched for this problem specifically. To combat this I lined up New Look 6483 with the Sorbetto pattern pieces at the shoulders and traced the underarm line on both back and front pattern pieces. There was a fair amount to be cut away but the result is much better fit around the arms.