Monday, 13 January 2014

Fehr Trade XYT Workout Top review - it's a winner!

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!
I even appreciated that the printed pattern was economical on paper! When you live in a small house like me, it's great to not have to clear everyone out of the lounge room to cut a pattern. The pattern is very clearly marked with all the necessary information, and it's easy to grade between sizes. For example, I cut a M everywhere except the waist, where my measurements indicated L. This worked perfectly.

Sufficiently modest at the front, even with a larger bust.
I don't have an overlocker (serger), so I used my favourite 3 step zigzag to sew the elastic edges and the hem. The side seams are a long stretch stitch, which is like a flattened zigzag.

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 first attempt does not have the bra lining. I can't find powermesh in NZ for a reasonable price, so I thought I'd test the outer pattern first. As it was a success, I will try the bra lining next. My bust size is significantly larger than the pattern is designed for, but other reviews suggest it can be done! For weight training I don't need quite as much support, so I'm optimistic for its success.

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.

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