Yoga top! Fehr Trade XYT

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It’s my first successful piece of handmade activewear! I’ve been thinking about sewing activewear for a long time, and the recent explosion of sporty sewing in blogland lately, naturally coinciding with Melissa’s release of several great-looking patterns, pushed this project up my list. The other catalyst for this project is my total dissatisfaction with the (cheaper) yoga tops available – they’re simultaneously too tight and too loose and I seriously don’t like the gaping that always occurs in inverted poses… clearly I need to make my own!

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This is Fehr Trade’s XYT Top, which I bought immediately after release and then didn’t make for months, as I do. This top is definitely my absolute favorite yoga top, and I want a whole slew of these! The tops come together so quickly, but not quite easily… it wasn’t an effortless road to this point, and there are still improvements needed. My first XYT top was made a couple months ago, and it ended up in the trash as soon as I managed to wriggle out of it. It was one of those times when you don’t even entertain thoughts of how it could be made better, there’s just no hope for redemption. My measurements put me firmly in the XS size, which I was nervous about, and I graded up to a S for the waist and hips because I am not a fan of negative ease. I think my fabric must not have been stretchy enough, or maybe somehow people like that much tightness, but phew, it was bad. I sewed the double-layer bra too, which was fiddly, looked terrible, and was SO tight.

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For this version I sewed S at the bust, grading to M at the waist, and then even L at the hips. I do not like negative ease! I also just sewed a single bra layer. You may want more support for running, but the two layers really aren’t necessary for yoga. I also added a wide band that is slightly smaller than my hip measurement at the bottom to help hold the top in place for the bendy poses. I love the band on my cation dolman top for that reason, and it works great here too. This top feels just perfect on, but i have some odd wrinkling around the neckline that seems to be because there is more fabric on the outer garment than on the bra layer. I’m not quite sure how to fix this. In my next version I plan to tighten the elastic just a touch along the bottom of the neckline, as it still gapes a bit, and maybe this will help? I am such a knit newbie I don’t know where to start! The good news is, though, that I just do yoga at home, don’t care all that much, and like the feel and fit of this top so much that I’m sure I’ll get enough practice making it to figure out what’s going on!

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And here’s the reason for these blurry indoor photos – there was no way I was going to brave the foggy chill outside! It’s chilly even standing next to the window…


10 thoughts on “Yoga top! Fehr Trade XYT

  1. It’s a wonderful make, Kelly! Well fitting (the bane of all sports clothing… ugh) and the cut of it is super flattering on you. I’m taking there will be more XYT’s in your future? 😉

  2. Congratulations on sewing your own yoga gear! I think the design on the back of the XYT is super cool. What kind of fabric did you go with for this version?

    1. It’s a good pattern, and I’m really looking forward to using up some knit scraps for details in future versions! This fabric is a supplex-like knit from Fabric Mart a while back. It was pretty cheap and seems fairly high quality, I’m going to be on the lookout for more like it!

  3. Thanks for the review of this top from a yoga perspective. I do a regular yoga class and it is good to know how tops perform in the bender poses. Nice garudasana by the way!

    1. Adding the bottom band makes all the difference for me, especially with my preference for positive ease! The only yoga-related trouble for this top is that the neckline still gapes a bit when upside down, but not nearly as bad as with RTW. Next time I’m going to raise it an inch or so and make the elastic a touch snugger.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I have been meaning to join this meetup group for SO long, but somehow still haven’t. My Saturday is actually free, but I’m super tired from busyness at work, so I’ll play it by ear tomorrow. I would love to see all of you, though, and could use some cheer and inspiration!

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