Sewing Activewear?

Cottesloe top and avery leggings

Have you been tempted to sew your own active wear? No? Well neither was I for a long while. For starters I wasn’t very active. I’m still not as active as I should be but I have been attending yoga classes for the last two years and have found that, one, I’ve stuck to it and two, I really enjoy it!

Cottesloe top and avery leggings

I was struggling with my metal health for a while and decided to give it a go and see if it would help give me “something”. It certainly gives me a much harder workout than I was expecting, but it also gives me a little bit of time each week just for me to focus on myself, my breathing and my body. I would recommend it to anyone of any age.

Anyway, onto the sewing…

I was gifted 2 meters of fabric by Wow fabrics in exchange for a review of the fabric and service. I decided on this galaxy print in the Lycra/Spandex base.

Wow fabrics print their fabrics here in the UK and use high tech machinery and sublimation printing. The fabrics are printed to order and you can choose from one of the designs in their vast catalogue or get one of your own printed.

I was impressed with the quick service as I received the fabric within two days of choosing it. The fabric base I choose is a good quality with a good stretch and recovery (50% lengthwise / 100% crosswise). The colours on the print are really vibrant even after washing at 40oC. The fabric is lightweight and is definitely suitable for swimwear.

For this set I purchased the Avery leggings pattern by Helen’s Closet and the Cottesloe swimwear pattern by Megan Neilsen for the top. Both patterns are size inclusive and go up to a size 0 to 30 (MN)/34 (HC), plus the swimsuit pattern comes in sizes for children too.

My current measurements are B35 / W30.5 / H 40.5 so for the leggings I made a size 12/14 and the top is a size 6.

I made the leggings with the higher waistband in the hope that the extra fabric might mean they wouldn’t fall down (spoiler alert they don’t) The leggings have a little gusset piece which help give them a good range of movement for fit and comfort. And they are so comfortable!

I was worried that the top might be too small under the bust and at the shoulders but obviously with the good amount of stretch in the fabric means the fit is great. I used 6mm swimwear elastic for the neck and armholes and added a 20mm elastic band under the bust for support. The top is also fully lined in some black swimwear fabric I has leftover in my stash from last year. The finished top is very supportive and comfortable.

I’m really happy with this set, the fabric and patterns both seem to perform well with a range of movement and I’d be quite happy wearing them to a yoga class and not just for a session at home or lounging on the sofa.


Cottesloe top and avery leggings

Thank you to Wow Fabrics for providing me with the fabric for this post.

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