Happy New Years (yes,yes, I know that we are almost into February)!  I love the New Year, winter and the urge for new beginnings and habits.  Like everyone else I have my own resolutions and sad to say some are the same from last year.  This year I am celebrating my 35th birthday, yikes!!  This up and coming birthday is so much scarier and feels like a big deal.  Thus,  I have resolved to 1) finally lose the rest of my baby weight I gained from my daughter and 2) start sewing and replacing my entire wardrobe with made by me clothing.  I want to make myself everything from jackets, t-shirts and pants to my unmentionables (I love that word).  But first, I am going to start with…drum roll please…workout clothes!

Just in time for the new year, 5 out of 4 Patterns asked me to test their newest pattern that is aptly named: the Resolution Bra and Tank. This is a pattern is a racer back style tank and coordinating sports bra that allows for different options.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the pattern as a tester, but all opinions and pattern hacks are my own!

Pattern: Resolution Tank and Bra

The tank options include the following:

  • Solid or Contrast version
  • 3 Hem options: banded, curved or straight hem
  • 2 Neckline options: regular or low-cut

The sports bra has different cutting lines depending on bust size and it has a wider racer back so that it can be made with a contrasting(or matching) fabric that will be seen under the tank.

The tank is long enough to cover my bum and high enough in the bust that I feel covered up.

Size:  All 5 out of 4 Patterns have a great size range from XXS to 3XL.  I always have to complete a FBA on patterns which is a piece of cake on the solid version and a bit trickier with the contrast version.

Fabric: This pattern requires fabric with at least 50% stretch.  The designer highly suggests poly/lyrca blends if using the pattern for workout gear.  The poly/lyrca wicks sweat away and does not leave you feeling clammy during or after a workout.

Construction: This is a great beginner pattern with a bit of challenge thrown in for the bias bound neckline and armholes.  Both tank and bra go together pretty easily and the tutorial included with with the pattern is fantastic.  As always, several different methods are taught which allows a sewist to learn different ways and to determine which works best for them.

Overall:  I will continue to tweak the pattern to fit my body shape and use it not only workout gear, but summer tanks.

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Pattern Hacks:

For both tanks, I cut a size L and then graded the waist, hips and length to an XL.  I also, chose the higher neckline as I do not like to show cleavage while working out!

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Solid Version: 1.5″ FBA

On my solid version I did an 1.5″ FBA, but I felt that with the ease built into the pattern this was too much of an adjustment.

Also, the solid version is a 100% cotton jersey knit from Hobby Lobby that I have had in my stash for quite some time.  It is a cheaper knit quality that had plenty of stretch, but poor recovery. This resulted in a drapey (stretched out) tank prior to binding.  I used a black cotton/lyrca blend to bind it which helped bring the armpits up.

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Contrast Version: 1″ FBA

For my second tank which was the contrast version, I did an 1″ FBA. The contrast version has a 100% cotton knit with very little stretch (my guess is 25%) and the contrasting solid is a cotton/lyrca blend with great stretch and recovery.  I did a smaller FBA on this tank and I like how it fits in the bust/armpit area better.  I decided I wanted to band the bottom of the contrast version and used the main fabric to do so.  I did not account for lack of stretch and the band is a bit snug. Next time I will add  2-3 inches for more ease.

As for the sports bra…stay tuned.  I am playing with several different compression fabrics to determine the best combo to keep the ta-ta’s in place during exercise!

Future Pattern Hacks

  • Make several more tanks in poly/lyrca blend
  • Using the tank pattern pieces, draft pieces for a built-in bra for fun summer tanks over capris
  • Color block the bra

Written by nicole

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