I love when I discover new fabrics and companies, especially a small business like Sew Dynamic Fabrics that is a great source for recycled fabrics! I actually knew very little about fabrics made with recycled fibers before becoming a customer at Sew Dynamic Fabrics last Fall. Now, I’ve done some research, have felt all the bases (thanks swatch book!), and really, really like these fabrics.
Let’s chat about the athletic knit base. In every yard, is 16.2 recycled plastic bottles. The fabric is 81% Repreve polyester and 19% Spandex, which allows for great stretch: 75% horizontal and 65% vertical. It is a great weight at 245 gsm, so thick enough for leggings, but not too thick for a workout tank! The fabric is also moisture wicking and has UPF30+.
So, all that can be found on the website. 🙂 This base is one of my favorite athletic bases around. It is soft (enough that my kid enjoys wearing it, too). The fabric has fantastic stretch-enough for leggings! And the weight makes it hang nicely and is not too stiff.
I had the opportunity to sew up a few prints for Round 3, and I was so excited at the opportunity! Choosing which prints to sew up was a challenge, as they are all so great this round.
As soon as I saw Abalone, I knew I wanted to sew it up. Blues and greens are my favorite to wear. I also love abstract prints! I had one yard to sew up and had no idea where to start. I was leaning toward leggings and a bra, but the weather has been so hot lately that I knew the leggings wouldn’t get worn for awhile. I finally decided on a faux romper!
I first made the Abalone top: a slightly relaxed Staple Tank below the bust to hip. To achieve this look, when I cut out my front and back pieces, I added about 1/4″ to the side seam at the armpit and cut straight down to about a 1/4″ outside the bottom hem. The tank is still fitted through the bust, but a squared, looser shape underneath.
I ended up pairing it with a midi pencil skirt I made a few years ago first and love the fancy look!
For the Abalone shorts, I made modified Brassie Jogger shorts. I made a medium (I measure on the small end of this size), and shortened them by 1.5″. I also cut the waistband a bit longer and added elastic and topstitching for the ruched look.
They look great paired together and separately.
Next up, I was able to sew up Fins, the shark print with the teal background. I almost made a few things for my kiddo, but couldn’t resist sewing up another pair of Brassie Shorts for myself. I’m LIVING in Brassie shorts right now so this made sense to me. I made the same modifications as above, except used a pocket hack that I first posted here.
I had a bit leftover, so decided I should probably share a bit of Fins with my son. I decided to make him a Slope Tank, adding a pocket. If he’s wearing a shirt right now, he always grabs for one of these tanks first, so it made sense!
The last athletic fabric I had a chance to show everyone was Cerulean Sea. Back when I was deciding on fabrics, my kiddo picked this one out because he loved the sea star. Welllll… when it came in I cut myself a Rio Tank by Sinclair Patterns. 🙂
I used the color block front, but didn’t have enough length for the back so I had to color block that myself. The white is a Cotton Lycra I’ve had in my fabric stash for awhile.
Last, I was really excited to be able to sew up the new swim fabric! I got Kaleidoscope Fish on swim to sew up my kiddo a new swim set. This is a unique border print that makes for cute mixing and matching. The swim has 13.1 recycled bottles per yard and is 78% Repreve polyester and 22& Creora Highclo Spandex and it’s a bit lighter than the athletic knit at 205gsm. It also has a higher UPF rating at 40-50+ and still has amazing stretch at 50% both directions. Plus, Oeko-Tex Standard 100!
For the top, I used the Reagan Rashguard from Made for Mermaids. I am so glad I added the border on the top to show off the nice transition from solid fish to solid water.
For the bottoms, I used the Swim Briefs from Lowland Kids. Of course, I had to add the pockets! The drawstring, made in the same fabric, allowed me to size up to get lots of use out of these!
Do I have a favorite make with these Round 3 prints from Sew Dynamic Fabrics? I don’t think so. We’ve both worn all of our makes multiple times! I cannot wait to get my hands on more athletic fabric to make some leggings for Fall!
Make sure to head over to Sew Dynamic Fabrics (referral for $5 off your first order!) by May 27th to order yourself some of these amazing prints!
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!
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