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Remix the Stitch: Workout Style

By Allie

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Indisew Blog | Remix the Stitch: Handmade Workout Style

There's a noticeable cycle developing in my life. Every six months or so, I try to overhaul my health and fitness. It usually comes after feeling inexplicably tired for a few weeks in a row. Needing an hour nap everyday at 3:00 p.m. isn't exactly ideal for my work schedule, so a few weeks ago I hopped back on the "let's get healthy again!" train. This time around I'm feeling so good that my new habits just might stick.

BUT I am feeling pretty grossed out by my workout clothes. The majority of my exercise apparel was purchased when I first entered college ten years ago. My shirts are stained and pilling, and the elastic is completely shot in two pairs of running shorts. 

So when Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs asked me to be a part of her one-year anniversary blog tour, I knew exactly what I'd make. Today I present to you the Ravenna Top and Greenwood Tank, workout style!


Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern | Sewn in French Terry Fabric


To celebrate her successful year of creating women’s sewing patterns (they’re amazing!), Kimberly gave us complete creative license to sew up her patterns however we chose. I have a ton of grey French terry sitting in my sewing room that I've been looking forward to cutting into. I figured a pullover Ravenna sweatshirt was the perfect pattern for it!

For my French terry Ravenna, I sized down and sewed the size 0, grading out to the size 2 at the hips. I also added some length to the back of the top and reshaped the hem a bit. I omitted the center back zipper and added a knit bound neckline to the top. 

This top will be the perfect pullover for heading to yoga on chilly fall days. I love how my racerback Greenwood peeks through the back scoop neck. I also love the wide-cuffed sleeves on this top.


Ravenna Top by Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Workout Style


In addition to my French terry Ravenna, I also sewed up the Greenwood tank, a pattern I've been itching to sew for awhile now. This basic knit tank top features the most amazing binding method for the neckline and armholes, and I really wanted to to give it a shot.

I used our Black Rayon Lycra Jersey for this tank top and modified the back pattern piece to have more of a racerback shape. I did this by cutting apart one of my current, tired tank tops and mirroring that shape on the new pattern piece. I didn't make any modifications to the front pattern piece.


Greenwood Tank Sewing Pattern | Racerback Adjustment


I sewed a size 0 and graded to a 2 in this top as well. In a fabric with less stretch, I would likely size up to a 2/4.

Overall, the Greenwood was a super quick sewing project and required very little fabric. There are many more of these in my future!

Greenwood Tank by Straight Stitch Designs | Racerback Modification

Besides organizing this amazing blog tour, Kimberly is also offering a HUGE giveaway on her blog to celebrate this event! The prize is seriously impressive: tons of free sewing patterns and gift cards to some amazing online shops. Make sure you enter here by September 18.

And don't forget to check out all the bloggers on this huge tour. These ladies are seriously inspiring! 

Tuesday, September 8th: Meg Cookin' and Craftin' | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio
Wednesday, September 9th: Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It's Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO'STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

Happy one year anniversary Straight Stitch Designs! Here's to many, many more!

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