Has your winter been weird, too? In Portland it’s been sunny-rainy-gorgeous-Snowpocalypse-sunny-rainy-repeat. I’ve gotten out on my bike a little, but mostly I’ve been staying close to home.
Bad weather days are great for tackling sewing projects, and I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some more activewear. Maybe another pair of leggings and a different vest.
Y’know, change up my look.
(How many years in a row can I rock the exact same leggings and vest?)
Sewing leggings is a pretty simple matter (check out this tutorial), but I’d like to make some more complicated items.
It’s hard to find good sewing patterns for activewear, though!
Here’s a roundup of what I have found. Have you got anything to add? Sound off in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
Lola Sweater Dress
This sweater dress, Lola from Victory Patterns, would make an adorable winter cycling dress! I’ve got a few yards of bamboo sweatshirt fleece, and some yummy merino jersey that might be great for it.
I first saw Lola on Lladybird, where Lauren has some good tips about her own adjustments, as well as sewing lightweight knits.
Of course, the Minoru Jacket from Sewaholic is a great cycling jacket. It’s got a loose and comfortable fit, and you can make it out of waterproof fabrics.
Green Pepper Patterns
Green Pepper Patterns has some awesome-looking activewear patterns that I’ve been meaning to try. That Santiam Vest would be perfect with the silver quilted nylon ripstop I picked up a few years back, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a pair of padded cycling shorts.
They also have a mens and womens racing jersey pattern, as well as a lot more outdoorsy patterns for runners and hikers.
There’s a great post on The Train To Crazy reviewing the jersey pattern.
The sports bra is on my list – I’d love to make something that’s truly comfortable, yet does it’s job well.
I was super excited to see that Melissa of Fehr Trade has released a pair of awesome activewear patterns. I love this great workout top (with a built-in compression bra!), and equally great blog post from Kathy Sews about making it up.
I may have to try making these running leggings, as well!
How about you? Are you working on anything sporty this winter?