Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fehr Trade XYT Top

No glamour shots here- you are in for some dirty and sweaty action shots today!
I consider myself a very amateur runner. Before completing the Couch-to-5k training program, I couldn't even run one minute without huffing and puffing. Now I can do a 5K!
For this year's first 5K, I needed a new top of course. And because I'm fasting, I had to make one.
I opted for the Fehr Trade XYT Workout Top. Check out this site for some great workout wear patterns.

I made the 'X' style. I love the back with the little peek-a-boo... too cute!
I used a nylon spandex from Spandex World with a "dia de los muertos", or "Day of the Dead" print... which is very popular in this neck of the woods. I had to wonder what the UPS man thought of my large package with "Spandex World" printed all over it.
The top went together very quickly on a conventional machine. I used a long, narrow zigzag stitch for the vertical seams. For the neckline, arm, and hem, I used a decorative serpentine stitch. It looks better than a zigzag on the outside but still allows the fabric to stretch without popping seams. I attempted to use my double needle but kept ending up with skipped stitches.
This was during the first mile- still smiling!
I originally was going to sew in the hidden bra. I used power-mesh and tested the stretch as instructed. I got to a point in the sewing where I could do a test fitting and eek! That hidden bra was so tight, I couldn't get the top over my shoulders. So I took it out.
I don't know that you can tell because of the dark print, but I ended up sewing a band to the bottom of the shirt to give it a bit more length. I felt like the top was riding up on me at it's original length. The band added about 2 inches and it is much more comfortable on me.
A high-five from my buddy at the finish line!
I am very pleased with how this came out and plan to make more. Two ladies came up to me after the run and told me how cute my top was!


  1. You look so happy running :) And a lovely top for running too. It is such a must to create an outfit for every event ! Way you go :)- Diya TheHobbyHarbor

  2. LOVE the fabric!!! And way to go with C25K!! I did the program, too- I couldn't run/jog for 20 seconds I think before that. Now I can go for over an hour (at least on cooler days) but I'm very slow and I don't care. I added about 3" length on my XYT tops, But actually I really like the idea of adding a band on the bottom, too. I never considered that before.

  3. Wow. You look fabulous in that top. I can run for a bout five minutes...what an inspiration you are!