My husband recently convinced me to join our local gym, and I needed some new workout gear. I've admired the XYT Workout Top since Melissa first posted about it. The sizing is skewed to the slightly larger lady, which was a deliberate choice by the designer and highly appreciated by this larger lady! If I can even get decent gear that fits (big if), it's always hideously expensive for something I'm just going to sweat in.
A lot of effort has clearly gone into the illustrations, instructions, and information about fabric quantities and so forth. While it's not aimed at total knit beginners, the instructions are good enough that a confident beginner could make a success of it.
|This is the X back - I'd happily wear this on the street in a different fabric!|
|Sufficiently modest at the front, even with a larger bust.|
The fabric I used is some sort of nylon stretch from Spotlight's dancewear section. Honestly, it's a bit crap. But it does the job for a wearable muslin. I only had 6mm braided elastic in my stash, which worked fine for the neck/back/armhole edges. I sewed the elastic straight into the fold at the seamlines with the 3 step zigzag. The tension I put on the elastic was a little uneven, so the pulling at the back neckline is totally my fault.
|I love Shock Absorber sports bras. Hard to do up, but it feels like having no boobs at all!|
My final thoughts? I love the versatility of the back designs. I can't wait to try this again with the bra lining, and to give the coordinating leggings a go! It only took me a couple of hours from taping the pattern together to being able to wear it - and that's without an overlocker.