Athletic or Swim… or Special Occasion?

I recently had the opportunity to sew up a new AOS (athletic or swim) fabric from Bow Button Fabrics and was blown away by the gorgeous fabric I received! Have you ever had a plan where you picture making one thing, but once the fabric is in hand you want to go a completely different route? This was definitely one of those times!


I had originally planned on workout leggings and a crop top… but saw the fabric and immediately wanted a dress! I took some time to think while it was washing (it was in the washer less than a minute after ripping open the package). I had 1.5 yards to play with, and wanted to get as much use out of this fabric as I could. It is DEFINITELY much different than my go to solids or neutral prints, but I am so glad I got it!


Have you seen the super cute crop top and skirt combos lately? I’ve been having major envy whenever I see someone rocking one and have had the idea in the back of my head for awhile. I decided this was the fabric that was going to become one of those!


I knew I would need pockets, and had limited fabric, so I went for the Pierside Pencil skirt by New Horizon Designs. I had recently made a crop top with the Lille Tank from Greenstyle Creations and new this tank could work for the look O was going for. After cutting, I realized I had enough fabric to squeeze out some Moxi Compression Shorts! The crop can now be doubled as dressy or workout. 🙂


I measured into a size 8 for the Pierside Pencil and chose to do knee length. I cut a rounded hem, but ended up smoothing it a bit while hemming. I also modified the pocket to have one less layer like I did in this post. I omitted the drawstrings for a dressier look, as well! In the end, I shaved off about half inch on the sides of the hip for a slimmer look, which ended up laying much better.


As mentioned earlier, the crop is a Lille modified. I also decided to use a lining layer and used the burrito method to omit bands and bindings. To me, this gives it a dressier look! The racer back is also widened and isn’t quite so dramatic. I finished the bottom with a one inch hem. You can catch the details on the crop here.


Finally, I made the Moxi Compression Shorts (add-on to the Moxi Shorts). I used the waistband from the Super G Tights. I already had this waistband cut out and nearby, plus I had the fit down!


The other modification I did was to add height to the pocket. I have an iPhone 6, so it’s the smaller size. The width of the pocket is great… but I needed more height than the pattern allowed. The length of the shorts is perfect-not too short!


Now I have two outfits for completely different looks. The best part is that all the pieces can be mixed and matched with other tops and bottoms as well! I just need some occasion to get dressed up now. 🙂


Which look is your favorite? Have you tried this AOS fabric from Bow Button Fabrics? It’s amazing! Thick, stretchy, great recovery, smooth… perfect for way beyond athletic or swim.


Find the fabric here.
Find the Pierside Pencil Skirt here.
Find the Lille Tank (and dress) here.
Find the Moxi shorts here and the Compression Shorts Add-On here.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!


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