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Fall Style: Wine & Lace

I’m back home, and busy working on blog posts to document the last legs of our trip, but in the meantime, I took advantage of all the extra SPACE (nothing like going from 200 square feet to 2600 to give you an appreciation for the ability to spread out!) and whipped up a new athletic set for myself!

Despite having more leggings than I can ever realistically hope to wear in a week, I figured I really deserved a new outfit, since I was so diligent about keeping up with my training over the summer. I even got into some really good cross training, adding in yoga, strength and biking 2-3 times per week.

For my reward, I chose the New Horizons Athena tank, and the Greenstyle Super G’s for this outfit, and I wasn’t disappointed. The dark wine colored supplex pairs perfectly with the athletic lace, both a designer overstock available from the Fabric Fairy.

There’s a brushed feel to the back of the supplex, making it perfect for the cooler weather that will be here before I know it, and the deep hue reminds me of the leaves that are *just* starting to turn around here, heralding the imminent arrival of Fall, in all its glory.

Athena Tank

The process was not without its challenges though- I tried at first to hack the Athena to add binding all around the edges, but failed to fully grasp the construction process, and ended up with a wadder in the process (fortunately, I had the sense to at least try my “hack” with some less precious fabric first).

Frustrated, I decided to admit defeat, and went back to the original pattern- and I’m so glad I did! The reason I initially wanted to add binding was because I was concerned about whether the simple turned under edges would lay flat against my back, but they do, and since I used my cover stitch machine, there’s no danger of popped stitches (if you don’t have a cover stitch, just use a zig zag instead, since this area does need to stretch).

I did make my arm and neck bands slightly narrower than usual, since it seemed more “elegant”- I cut them at 1.75″ rather than the full 2″ the pattern calls for. I’m now looking forward to making some of the other views of this pattern, in all the fall colors!

You can see my power bra peeking out a bit under here- I love how the strappy back straps show through the opening in the Athena!

Super G’s

As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, the Super G’s are a long time favorite, and the side stripe/pocket was the perfect opportunity to showcase more of the gorgeous lace. The fit is perfect, as usual, and I can’t wait for cooler temperatures so I can wear these on the trail.

Well, that’s it for my first sew at home! The change from a small to a larger sewing space makes me curious- what’s your sewing space like? Do you enjoy spreading out, or do you prefer to keep it small and contained? Drop me a comment!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Kristin on August 8, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Absolutely love the combo and excited, that I have the exact same fabric coming my way already!!

    • Sarah on August 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  2. N. MacGregor on August 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Sarah – once again I love your latest make. Its beyond amazing, beautiful plus it looks comfortable. I wasn’t familiar with the Athena Tank but I will be ordering ASAP.

    BTW – I recently stopped trying to justify why I need another of something or why I decided to buy a more expensive item (be it fabric, food, books, etc.). Generally speaking I feel I deserve to treat myself once in a while given the fact I work hard and juggle tooooo many hats on a daily basis and for the most part no one notices or appreciates how hard I work or the sacrifices I make. Treating myself to something special makes me feel special and has been cathartic on so many levels.

    Based on what you share about your life on your Blog I suspect your life – like so many women’s is hectic and you give of yourself in an unselfish way – and I suggest you don’t feel guilty or have to justify why you make another workout outfit etc. especially if it makes you happy and feel good about yourself.

    I love your blog. I learn so much from reading your blog plus I discover new sources for fabric and patterns. My bottom line – please note I appreciate the time and effort that goes into writing and maintaining your Blog.
    Sorry for the rant and I will get off my soapbox now.
    That’s all for now, Nancy

    • Sarah on August 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much for those beautiful words- you’re right that we BOTH deserve to be “treated” to things, and shouldn’t need a justification! And your compliment about my blog means so much to me- I put alot of time into it, and it really makes me happy to know its a source of education and enjoyment for others!

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