Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 17 - Heart Healthy Sports Bra

Yesterday I asked what I would make out of these super cute (yet way too short) jogging pants. You see they were originally maternity joggers. Which was great when I had a belly. Now, to wear them around my waist, the pant legs are somewhere between my knees and my ankles. Not the look I was going for. But this waistband is so nice, I couldn't waste it :P Haha! Get it? Couldn't waste the waistband. *sewing nerd humor*.

Anyway, I gave you the hint: Let's get physical! So that means we're still going to keep with the exercise wear feel of the garment, just change it around a little bit.

1) I did a stupid thing here. I cut off the waistband thinking that I would cut the rest of the sports bra out of the legs somehow and then reattach the band when I was finished sewing it all up. But then I got the brilliant idea to turn the pants upside down and basically use the bum for the chest (front) part and the front of the pants as the back part.

2) Notice the seam down the middle after I cut the sports bra out? That is the centre back seam of the jogging pants. I didn't even need to sew up the sides because I knew the waistband was my size and, therefore, would fit around me perfectly.

3) Hem all around the neckline and the armholes. And if you were a dummy like me, you can reattach your waistband in the exact position it was already in. Doh!

Now you've got a wonderful sports bra. I'm going to make several of these out of my leftover joggers. It's such a simple and effective way to make the perfect fitting sports bra.

*** This Heart Healthy Sports Bra will be listed at Tawny Bee for $22. Half the proceeds from the sale ($11) will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign****

Stay tuned tomorrow for a wonderful creation made out of some gift wrap items and some terry towel jammies. Logan's grandma gave him a ton of clothes when he was born and had it all wrapped up in this netting stuff. The gold ribbons were on another present I received. The jammies are made out of terry-cloth which is super comfy and soft. Whatever will I make out of these items? Hint: Hugs and Kisses!

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Day 15: Break


Unknown said...

Hi there I saw you on sew whats new site and noticed you are from Atlantic Canada and I was wondering where. I am also from Atlantic Canada. I didn't know how to message you on that site.

Tawny said...

Actually, I'm in Canada, but I'm more central. In Winnipeg! :)

Ramona said...

This is so amazing. What a great way to look at things. I think I'm going to be taking a second look at recycling stuff. Although I have a stash to rival some fabric stores. :-) Ramona from Rolling Hills, Wyoming

Amievoltaire said...

Congrats on the Sew-What's-New Feature - that's awesome. Great tutorial. I'm wondering how supportive the upper part of the bra is? :<)

Tawny said...

If you cut the bra to your own measurements and have a fairly sturdy fabric in your jogging pants, then it's super supportive on the top and around the band. If the final results is a little big around the shoulders or under the arms, you can either shorten the straps a bit, or put a dart in under the arms to take it in a bit.

That's the great thing about making your very own sports bra - you can make it fit YOU perfectly! :)