I can think of so many reasons we all need an athleisure capsule wardrobe right now. First, since we are all still in some sort of lock down, having clothing that is equally comfortable as it is cute is imperative. Additionally, lock down means a lot of us have been moving a lot less. That combined with the start of the new year and I know a lot of us are going to be inspired to move more. So, move over “day to night” this is “work from home to work out”!
So, let’s start with my sports bra. This is the agility top and dress from 5 out of 4 patterns. And, even though the name doesn’t say, you can make just the sports bra, too, which is what I did. I have never made a sports bra before and it was a lot of fun. I’m impressed with how well this fit right out of the gate. I didn’t make any adjustments because I didn’t really know what to adjust for. So I made made one size and i think it fits great everywhere. I also added the optional power mesh layer so I feel supported and can add padded cups if I want.
The leggings are also from 5 out of 4. The best thing about this Ninja leggings is that the pattern is FREE! It has a bunch of rise options and even more length options so it’s really the only legging pattern you’ll ever need. There is a gusset, too, so it’s perfect for workout leggings because there’s the extra wearing ease through the crotch.
The fabric I used for the bra and leggings is an athletic knit I got in NYC years and years ago. It’s a pretty thin, slippery, but stretchy fabric. If you’re going shopping for something similar I would look for an activewear spandex knit.
In addition to the sports bra and leggings, I also made two coordinating tops. The first is a cropped-ish, oversized tee with a gorgeous cowl neckline. The fit of this is pretty spot on but there are a few things I’d change next time. The sleeves are a little long and too wide. Super easy fixes. And the neckline runs a little big. I’d reduce some width from the center back to narrow the neckline a little and bring the whole thing up higher on my shoulders.
I also made this incredible cardigan. This pattern is just magic. The way that it’s constructed is super simple even though it looks really complicated. It’s just open on the front…nothing special there, but when I turn to the back it has this amazing drape. The length in the back covers my bum which I like. I also added the hood simply because I had the fabric so why not. It makes it a little fussy at the center front, but I’m not really planning on wearing the hood so I think it will be fine.
For both tops I used a cotton jersey that I got from Fashion Fabrics Club a long time ago. As you can see it’s got great drape, a little weight, and is super easy to sew with.
And, there you have it! My little capsule wardrobe. There are so many ways to wear these garments and even more if you mix in other garments as well. Cardigan with jeggings, leggings with a sweatshirt, top over jeans, and let’s be real…I’ll be wearing that sports bra under all my sweaters!
But, that’s going to do it for me today! I hope this inspires you to put together a little “work from home to work out” look for yourself! Thanks so much for watching! I’ll see you all very soon! Bye!