I recently bought the sew independent fabric bundle which includes Fehr Trades VNA running top.
I’ve also taken up the running challenge of couch to 5k and have nearly finished week 5 of 8. The elastic limit of my current workout clothes is almost past the point of no return so it’s time to make some running tops that fit.
I’ve got a few pieces of lycra in my stash but for my first attempt I used fabric that I wouldn’t be too upset if it turned out to be a disaster.
Remember this dress… it was made before and after a 10 hour shift, then worn in the evening. Phew! I don’t tend to rail road my sewing any more, mainly due to having less time, but also because I’m trying to sew to a higher standard. I’ve only worn this dress 3 or 4 times in 2 years so thought it was time for a refashion!
I also used the legs of some gym pants which are now shorts, and a piece of black t shirt type of fabric from my scrap bin.
The pieces are odd shapes and at one point I didn’t think i’d be able to get the upper front and back piece out of the orange fabric.
The back piece just on the front of the dress.
But the front piece was never going to fit with the fabric the right way up:
Luckily the fabric has 4 way stretch so I was able to turn the fabric and fit the piece on:
I cut the bindings from the old gym pants:
The instructions were amazingly easy to follow and I was pleased how the V of the neckline turned out, and also the Vs in the back. (ignore loose thread!)
The only wobble I had, which was almost a disaster, was that I manage to stretch out the fabric when top stitching the neck binding. I had to walk away and go have a round of golf to clear the mind!
I posted this pic on instagram and Fehr trade promptly gave me advice on what caused it and how to prevent it happening again.
Looks like your machine is stretching the fabric as you sew, which creates those waves. It could be that your presser foot pressure is too tight – a walking foot will take away all of those issues (I utterly love mine, it’s pretty much the default foot on my machine!). If you can’t press the ripples out, unfortunately you’ll need to unpick & stitch again. Try some samples first before the next lot maybe?
How cool was that!? I couldn’t bring myself to unpick all those tiny zig zag stitches so gave it some heat and steam instead:
Slightly better, but not much! Undeterred I finished the top and once worn it stretches out some of the wobbliness with the help of the negative ease.
The hem of the top calls for twin needle sewing or cover stitching. I don’t own a cover stitch machine (YET!!) so I opted for the twin needle and a zig zag stitch:
I had a bit of trouble with my stitching using the twin needle. I followed the instructions but one of the threads kept snapping – it was from the extra spool. It didn’t seem to run smoothly from the spool. To over come this I kept pulling the thread from the spool so it was just handing down the front of my machine. Not ideal, but it worked. Does anyone have any better suggestions?
Here’s some more pics of my finished top being modelled by Gertrude:
I’m super duper pleased with it!! Only thing I need now is a well fitting sports bra as my old work out tops have built in support. In the interim period before I go shopping, I’ve been wearing my old plain black top underneath.
Here’s me wearing it – just after a run so a bit difficult to muster a smile. Not as difficult as getting hubby off the couch to take the photos though!
And to finish with, a shot of my first VNA running top in action, out in public!!
Still looks a bit wavy but who care’s! I’m running so fast no one will notice!!