Buying a new workout outfit motivates us to exercise harder. Good workout outfits cannot just look stylish but need to provide comfort and function. It was not easy to find cute workout clothing 10 years ago, but as exercises are getting more and more popular these days, more sporting manufactures are producing outfits that are colorful and stylish as well as comfortable.
But unfortunately, most of those cute, fashionable outfits are very expensive. $50 to $60 for a tank top? Are you kidding me? I don’t care how much money I make, I just cannot bring myself to pay that much amount for a piece of the outfit. So I decided to experiment to see how difficult will it be, to make a DIY cute workout outfit.
I cut front and back pieces from a stretchy dark rose pink colored fabric, and front and back pieces of the shelf bra from dark purple cotton blend stretchy fabric. I proudly tell you that All fabrics are found in discount remnants section….as usual!
Sew shoulder seams of front and back shelf bra. ( I use a serger but you can use a zigzag stitch of the regular sewing machine)
Sew seams along the bust line and shoulder seams of the front and back of the main piece .
Sew side seams of the front and back of the main piece.
Sew side seams of shelf bra and baste shelf bra to the main piece. Stitch along the neckline and arm holes.
Stitch a wide elastic band to hem of shelf bra and stitch. The way I do it is
1. Stitch elastic ends together to make a loop first
2. Mark 4 points that are equally spaced (sides, center, and back), both on an elastic band and a shelf bra
3. Stitch an elastic band and a shelf bra, matching marked points. (This is a bit tricky. You need to sew as you pull an elastic band to match the length of shelf bra.)
Fold attached elastic band inward and stitch around, for a comfort of wearing it.
Press hem allowance to wrong side and stitch with twin needle.
Now here it a fun part. I found this “Fabric paint” at a sewing section of Walmart the other day and I have been dying to try this.
Instruction on the bottle suggest to paint by squeezing a paint out. But it creates an uneven thickness of the paint and it is hard to draw. So I used a paint brush and worked out perfectly! This paint is supposed to be machine washable after 72 hours…. we will see.
Here is how it looks on me. I also made a matching pant. I went running with it, washed it and the flowers I painted were still on the fabric. Pretty cool!