I made this little butterfly top a few weeks ago. I’ve had this pattern in my stash for about 2 years. I was going to use it for tops for my daughter but she really didn’t like the style, it was too loose and flowing for her preferences. I found this fabric at Joann Fabrics recently and thought it was pretty and liked the colors. I saw this yoga top on Pinterest and really liked it. But I didn’t want to pay full price when I knew it could be made for pennies. I thought that I could maybe use this pattern as a kick off point to eventually engineer my own version of this top.
I originally made it as it but with the straight bottom hem. Then I tried it on and it was awful! I looked worse than pregnant. I knew I would never wear it. I decided to take a tuck/pleat in the center front to give it some shape. Then I cut off 8” from the bottom and used that to make the bottom band. I then divided the band and the bottom of the top into quarters. I attached the bottom band using the serger, stretching and fitting it to the top as I went.
The next step is to take what I learned from making this top and from making my own swimwear and combining them into making a copy of the Lululemon top I originally admired. I think I can use the basic lines of this top and combine it with a basic sports bra and get what I want. I will just gather the upper edge of the bodice and attach it to the front of a sports bra.
If I make the sports bra with a racer back it won’t be anything to leave off the spaghetti straps and just link up the back of this top to the sports bra racer back.
Here I am wearing the yoga top I made a while back that has a different type of back.
(OOOOoooo! this photo shows that I not only need to see my chiropractor because of that sloping shoulder, but I also need to continue to work on my triceps! Can we just pretend that ass didn’t happen? Thanks.) I am not embarrassed by my body. On the contrary, I am really proud of the work I have been doing and love what my body can do now at my age. But photos don’t lie and give a good indication of where I am at and where I still have work to do. Honestly, the sloping shoulder and crooked back bothers me more than the flabby triceps and saddlebags because it indicates imbalance. These photos also show that I really need to call the salon and get a hair appointment even though I am trying to grow my hair out. Truth is truth.
This photo shows why I wanted to add the fitted band to the bottom of this top. Often when doing asana you end up ass over teakettle, or head down. Because I am still “plus size” I’m not always comfortable with typical yoga clothing that is body skimming. I want something that leaves something to the imagination. But with loose T’s you end up with a face full of fabric when you do inversions. A fitted bottom band gives you the best of both worlds. It keeps your clothing in place and allows some modesty.
While my daughter was taking the photos of this top I had her take some others without the top to show the earlier yoga togs I made.