Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shibori Pneuma Tank


I used to hate exercising. I'm soooo not into cardio. I know tons of people love running, but it's just not my thing. On the other hand, I love pilates. I first discovered pilates a couple years ago via youtube. I've done a bit of yoga on and off and I think I was looking for stretching videos when I came across the Blogilates youtube channel. I liked pilates immediately, but I didn't start practicing on a regular basis until earlier this year.

My activewear wardrobe is pretty pitiful though. Because I exercise at home I never bothered with buying cute new clothes. Plus who can afford those lululemon prices? So up until now I've made do with old tank tops and cheapo bike shorts from Forever 21 *hangs head in shame*. But no more! It's cute activewear only from here-on out!




This is the Pneuma tank by Papercut Patterns. It's part of their activewear collection, Tri, which also includes the Anima pant and Soma swimsuit. I fell in love with the design of this tank the minute I laid eyes on it! The interlaced straps, the dipped hem, the peeks of the attached sports bra underneath... so cute!

I dyed this jersey at the same time I dyed the linen for my shibori Prefontaine shorts


The pink sports bra fabric is some sort of performance fabric called "Cool Max Knit" from fabric.com. I haven't actually worked out in this tank yet, so I can't attest to its alleged sweat-wicking properties. It was cheap though! Hopefully it'll hold up.

I'm not normally a hot pink kind of gal, but I really like the pop of color underneath the tank!






I made a muslin of just the sports bra first, using the same type of fabric in royal blue. I didn't have the right widths of elastic on hand, so I used 1/4" instead of 3/8" around the top and 1/2" instead of 1" around the bottom. That ended up not being the best idea, especially around the top, because the elastic digs into my sides/armpits in an uncomfortable way. It really does need to be folded under that extra 1/8" to be comfortable.

I used white bra strapping on this version, which worked okay, but I like the look of the (un-folded) foldover elastic I used on the tank a lot better. The thicker straps stand out more, and the foldover elastic is actually a lot stretchier and more comfortable than the bra strapping. I did end up using way less strapping than suggested - like 9 inches per strap less - because of the extra stretchiness.

One thing this pattern is missing is an option to add bra cups. Next time I make one up I may try to add those pockets you see on RTW sports bras/swimsuits with removable cups.





I'll leave you with my attempt at a yoga pose. So serene and graceful right? ;) I should probably head to a yoga class one of these days, now that I have some activewear I won't be embarrassed leaving the house in.


Have you made activewear before? Do you know of any other good patterns?

<3 Lindsay



24 comments:

  1. It's definitely more a sports crop top than bra - NO way I could run in this, and I'm not even big busted. But it does look perfect for low intensity stuff like yoga/pilates and cycling.

    My exercise gear drawer is also pretty ratty, I'm sure I haven't bought anything for >2 years. Not that I'd buy Lulu Lemon (too expensive and I've heard weird things!). Luckily we can make our own, but I'm still on the hunt for some good running pant fabric that will breath

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    1. Yeah, it's a great top but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for running. Though maybe if you added cups and doubled up on the fabric it could work? Someone who runs (i.e. not me!) will have to try it out.

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  2. I predict active wear will be the next swimsuit craze. You're ahead of times, looking great on your new tank :)

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  3. looking great in your new top! i've made bunch of active wear in past months, just don't feel like posting pics of me wearing it, since it's all mini shorts and sports bra combo.. i work out in my livingroom, so always choose to work out in minimal amount of clothing :) made several different tops, all from self drafted patterns

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    1. The living room's the best place to work out in my opinion! Haha, no commute, no weirdos staring at you, no need to go out in the heat. I'd love to see your self-drafted stuff - I'm sure it's awesome!

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  4. Pilates is great huh? I've been doing it for a while too. Shamefully all of my workout clothes are from the Gap but sometimes over the top I wear a hemlock tee that I made. That counts, right?! Your Pneuma is inspiring and I especially love the shibori.

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    1. Haha, should I take that to mean you don't enjoy pilates as much as I do? ;) I'd say that counts! Maybe some Pneumas are in your future too?

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  5. I totally agree with you on the running. I loathe it, but I love cycling! This top is super cute! I really love the tie dye design. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks Jamie! Cycling's a good exercise idea! I would definitely enjoy that more than running.

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  6. I love this top. How fun to have done some shibori on a poly fabric. Great to know that the wider elastic meant less "digging" into the skin. I've been toying with that on some pieces I made. Lovely job!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, the wider elastic definitely helps!

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  7. Your Pneuma is beautiful The pattern is perfect for yoga or pilates although I think bra cups are necessary for anything higher impact! The shibori dye effect suits the pattern so well :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I agree that it probably wouldn't work for anything high impact, but it's great for yoga/pilates!

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  8. This is so cute! I love the shibori. The more versions I see of this top, the more I like it. I might just have to get it!

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    1. Thanks! It's a great pattern - I'd definitely recommend it!

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  9. Awesome dye job! Did you kind of pleat the fabric into cones to get the circles?

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    1. Thanks Katie! I used the kumo, or pleat and bind technique, using the instructions here: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shibori-diy/

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  10. This is rad, and would make me get my pilates on. If I wasn't terrified of pilates.

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    1. Haha, thanks Heather! Pilates isn't too bad ;)

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  11. So cute! I'm starting to run again and need cuter active wear and was thinking of this pattern.

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  12. Your top is super cool! Making active wear is one of the next things on my to do list.

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