Monday, December 12, 2016

Kwik Sew 4181 ~ Supplex Workout Top

Today I want to share with you my second Kwik Sew 4181 workout top.  I'm much happier with this make in an XS.  The fabric I used is a space dye supplex and a blue cobalt budget supplex from Zenith & Quasar.  You'll see me mention Lilly's stuff a lot because she has the best supplex selection anywhere! (Although it kind of sucks at the moment because her awesome Black Friday sale cleared out her inventory.)  I enjoyed sewing with this supplex so much more than the Joann's poly/spandex from my last garment.

As I said before, I sewed an XS (this pattern runs large) and I did view B without the front triangle detail.  I added a bit of colorblocking at the front shoulder that continues to the back colorblocking.  I love the contrast!  This matches perfectly with my supplex Peg Legs!

Even though I sewed an XS, the pattern gaped at the armband area, so I took the side seams in 3/8" at front and back side seams (1.5" total each side).  The gaping may have been due to my itty-bitty small bust.  If you know of a better way to fix it, let me know. 

As I mentioned last time, the armbands and the neckbands are too long.  My advice to you is to calculate your own band length. 

Armhole (measure it at the seamline w/o seam allowances) x 0.85 
= Armband Length (add your seam allowances to this)

Would I sew this pattern again? Yes, but I don't think I will be needing any more workout tanks in my wardrobe for a long time.

I did have a little problem while coverstitching the neckband.  The band slipped and got a bit wider at center front, but I was too tired to care.  It seems that my fatigue has been chipping away at my perfectionism.  That's good, or else I would have a ridiculous amount of UFOs!  (unfinished objects)

It's December, and I finally have the workout wardrobe I've been dreaming of since early fall!  
P.S. The shoes are my new Altras and they are zero drop and I love love love them!

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