Melissa over at FehrTrade has just released her first patterns and they are AMAZING! Ok, I need to clarify that at this point I have not made the leggings patterns, only the top. *grin* The XYT running top pattern is amazing, and so I am assuming that the PB Jam leggings pattern is the same high quality. 🙂 Both patterns are downloadable from the FehrTrade Etsy Shop, and come in sizes XXS to XL. The patterns are on the larger size for this size range, and ideal for the taller or curvier of us.
Melissa asked me to be one of her pattern testers, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re about to move to a much hotter region, where the winter temps are what we currently call a warm day! So a lot of cool running tops are going to be needed. This is also part of the reason I didn’t make the leggings – I was short on time and I’m unlikely to need more leggings.
So far I’ve made four of these tops, and the only thing that stopped me making more is that I had to pack all my sewing gear away for our interstate move. So here they are, all three iterations of the FehrTrade XYT Running Top.
From the front, the XYT Top looks like a basic tank. What makes it so great though is that there are three different back variations. The top also features a built in shelf bra, which apparently works great for A-B cup ladies. As I’m a DD-E girl, depending on the bra brand, I didn’t include the inbuilt bra in any of the versions that I made.
This is probably my favourite one. This version is made in Iris Supplex and Swarovski Hot Fix crystals for added bling.
This top is really comfortable, almost covers my sports bra, and is pretty. It’s also a great workout top, although I wouldn’t wear this particular one for anything that could damage the crystals. They’re pretty tough, however I don’t think they would survive a Tough Mudder for example! Here’s a close up of the front of this top, showing the crystal decoration:
I bought the crystals several years ago from Fire Mountain Gems in the US, via mail order. There are around four hundred 4.8mm crystals on this top (I know, it doesn’t look like that many). These are the ‘Forest’ colourway pack. To apply them, I laid the top out flat on the ironing board and tipped four packets of crystals over the lower front, turned them all upright and arranged them randomly. Placed a soft cloth over the top and, with the iron on the Cotton setting, very gently and carefully ironed them in place. Once they had been stuck on I turned the top inside out and ironed them even harder from the inside.
The manufacturer does not recommend any heat being used on Supplex, and definitely not ironing. If you choose this method of embellishment you do so at your own risk. I strongly recommend testing a scrap piece of your supplex with an iron and the crystals before attempting this on a garment. This worked for me on this particular supplex, it may not work for you, your supplex and/or your iron.
The Y Back was next. This iteration is made from Flamingo Space Dyed Supplex.
This T back is made from Neon Green Supplex, with reflective tape trim sewn on the front, back and used for the T. The beauty of this top is that the T on the back can be made from pretty much anything, as long as it doesn’t chafe and is the correct length. (shown here with one of my skirts made from the Jalie Running Skirt pattern)
This top is actually a lot brighter than the photos show. The Neon Green is a high-vis colour, and the reflective tape, bought from Spotlight, is quite reflective. I’m not sure how reflective it will be after several washes, however the neon green colour will stay hi-vis! For this version I cut the T strip according to the pattern piece , bound both sides and ironed the tape down the centre. The strips on the front and back were ironed in place after the top was constructed and hemmed, and I then satin stitched over the top and bottom edges for stability and to prevent fraying.
And another X back top
This was actually the very first top I made to test the fit of the pattern, before cutting into the expensive supplexes. And it turned out great! I’ve worn this top out to lunch, to a business planning day, to church and just around the house. The fabric is not sports fabric, so not for running, it’s just a cheap polyester knit from Spotlight. Bad selfie photo…
Garment: XYT tops – four versions
Fabric: Space-dyed Supplex, plain supplex in Iris and Neon Green, cheap floral polyester
Pattern: XYT Top from FehrTrade
Machines, Stitches and Techniques used:
Coverlock machine for binding and hemming.
Overlocker (Serger) for seaming
Normal Sewing machine for stitching the top of back pieces (the X, Y, or T) to the back of the actual top
Size made: According to the measurements I was a Size S. However I like my tops to be loose fitting so I graded out to an M over the hips.
Additions or alterations: there were a couple:
– I added one inche (2.5cm) in length in the hip area. I like long tops. This extra length is only shown on the neon green and floral polyester tops – I re-traced the pattern for the other two and forgot to add the length. I plan to add another inch for a total of 5cm when I trace it again to add the length.
– When attaching the shaped back piece to the main back, Melissa suggests pinning in place before sewing. I used Dritz Washaway Wonder Tape instead as I wasn’t confident in the pins holding it absolutely in place. It worked very well and washed away completely. I buy mine from Addicted To Fabric, my local fabric/sewing shop.
– The instructions say to stitch the back piece in place by stitching two parallel lines over the binding stitches on the back piece. I did that on the first one and didn’t particularly like it as I couldn’t sew the lines straight enought to be on top of the earlier stitching. So I decided to use a three step zig zag instead, and I’m quite happy with the effect, as shown here:
I suggest trying both methods and deciding which one you prefer.
Comments: This is a fantastic top pattern and I can see me making several more of these.
Both the XYT Top and PB Jam leggings are available for download from the FehrTrade Etsy Shop, and you can read more about these patterns on Melissa’s blog.