|Shiny garish fabric! My favourite for gym wear.|
The XYT pattern comes with great instructions, and a lot of additional handy hints. Melissa has also shared a lot of other people's makes and some extra tips on her website. I appreciate when designers are responsive and involved in this way - and this is not a trait unique to indie designers! The new McCalls blog is great too.
The Y back design is perfect for me. I like having a lot of freedom in my workout tops, as I do both cardio and weights. Anything restrictive won't get worn.
|Y-back is great for weightlifting. I also think this style would be great as a casual top.|
I followed the instructions given, but tried using fold over elastic around the neck. It worked fine, if this is a look you like. I wouldn't use it under the arms though, as I suspect it might chafe depending what workout you're doing.
My Y back is the same mesh I used for the bra. All the hems are finished with a three-step zigzag, and I didn't use my overlocker at all. It took only a couple of hours from cutting to wearing.
I sewed this one with the built in bra, no adjustments. I used an XS, going out to S from the waist to the hip. I think this sizing is right for me in this fabric.
However, there are some definite adjustments to be made. There is a lot of pulling around the front armpit. I noticed this on a few of the other ones that I've seen on the web... however I suspect mine is exacerbated by G-cups. Possibly the fabric I chose as well - it is a 4-way stretch nylon-lycra from the Spotlight dancewear section.
|Pulling around the armscye|
I added about 2cm extra length to the bra already, knowing that it wouldn't fit otherwise. Next time I will attempt the FBA that Melissa describes on her blog.
This top doesn't give me enough support for anything except maybe weightlifting (certainly not running). But I would have been very surprised if it did! I'm rather a sports bra aficionado - thanks to wearing G-H cups over the last few years.
|Chris says he isn't embarrassed to be seen with me wearing it, so I guess it's four thumbs up!|
Any questions? Comments? Thoughts on how to fix the pulling issue?
UPDATE: Melissa kindly offered me some suggestions on Twitter regarding my fit issues. While I don't think the price of a pattern in any way suggests an entitlement to personal service, I really really do appreciate it!