You’ll want to wear this athletic top whether you’re working out or not.
That is the thing with activewear these days, isn’t it? It looks so good, you want to wear it whether you’re headed to the gym or just to the grocery. (C’mon, we know you do!) That being said, why not try your hand at refashioning a basic T into this great looking top? With some Dritz elastic you can create cool ruched effects – add some simple cutting and twisting to the back and this is a go-to top.
Take a look at the back. Not your basic T anymore is it? And check out the details created on the side of the T with the elastic – its stretch combined with some simple sewing does the trick.
The key materials used for this are a large cotton T-shirt and Dritz braided elastic.
First you’ll do some cutting to one side of the T, and then the neck of the T, making a scoop neck in front and a V-neck in back.
Next you’ll flip the T wrong-side-out and do some twisting, pinning and sewing. (Jump over to Trash To Couture for the specific techniques.)
Next you’ll get the elastic ready to sew by pinning it in place on the T.
Find the midpoint of the seam and the midpoint of the elastic and pin there, too.
Topstitch with a zigzag stitch along the center of the elastic, pulling as you sew to meet the midpoint and continuing on until the end.
What do you think? There are a couple different ways you could wear this top – open in the back as shown (comfy and cool), or you could tie it in the back, too, for a more form-fitting look.
Tell us what you think about DIY activewear – is it something you would tackle? It certainly is popular, and with the hefty prices on some of the higher-end activewear, we think a cute DIY option is worth considering.