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When I saw Burda Style’s “Cool Running” set it was only fitting as a runner that this be my first try at making my own active wear. Since the boom of athleisure I’ve been interested in trying a few myself but it can be somewhat intimidating at first. Being a runner who trains consistently I value pieces that offer comfort, support, and function. Bonus points for style and design. This pattern set checks all the boxes I look for in active wear.

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The fabric is just as important as the pattern. You’ll need performance fabrics that have moisture wicking properties, coverage, and stretch. Fabric.com is my go to for performance fabrics, they have the coolest prints like this indigo poly spandex jersey offered in all kinds of colors and prints here. Their Telio Rayon Bamboo Jersey here has shibori and tie dye prints that would work great for athletic leggings and tops. For solids you can’t go wrong with their active wear spandex here.

Burda Style has become my go to for sewing patterns. They offer fashion-forward looks that come with simple instructions. Even better they’re downloadable pdf patterns you print at your convenience and are made for the modern day seamstress.

I went with the sports bra and athletic leggings for this post. I plan to make the rest though soon. I wear tested the finished result and it was great. The paneling on the leggings create a nice fit that offers movement for activity. I like the larger, elastic waistband fit to my measurements. One of my pet peeves is when the waist line isn’t tight enough so they sag or you have to constantly pull them up. I was able to adjust the straps to give ample support when training. I love the strappy back detailing and overall look can be versatile for a swim suit as well. Nothing better then a hot run followed by jumping in the pool.

Check out the construction process below…

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Print and tile your pattern. It’s simple to piece together by matching the notches and numbers together like a puzzle. I then tape the sides and middle since you will be then cutting inner pattern out. Burda Style doesn’t include seam allowances so make sure you add that into the pattern. I did 1/4 inch because I am using my overlock machine for extra stretch.


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Cut out your pattern.


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With slippery polyester fabric I used my trust rotary cutter. This takes practice but it’s easier for cutting knits and slippery fabrics out once you get the hang of it.


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Pieced together everything with my overlock machine.


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Finished the edges with a double needle.


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Sports bra pattern cut and ready to go.


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Piecing it all together.


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Fitting the straps for a perfect fit. The pattern does two larger straps but I went with 4 smaller ones.


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Fit is almost perfect now!

This blog was written and photographed by Trash to Couture. All patterns were provided by BurdaStyle.com

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    Apr 26, 2017, 01.56 PMby Tiffanyys

    love ur legging !

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    Apr 20, 2017, 04.20 PMby joneck

    Beautiful !

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    Apr 19, 2017, 02.33 PMby yanjin

    You’re so beautiful !! Thanks for the article !

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    Apr 19, 2017, 10.38 AMby ClaireParrish

    Nice post ! Love ur outfit !

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    Apr 16, 2017, 09.50 PMby Helen Kocent

    Hi, Your outfit looks really cute. I’m a bit of an exercise amateur but I can’t imagine running without some sort of major structural bra support. Even if you were a small busted woman, wouldn’t this be really important? The sort of built in bras that are in swimmers wouldn’t really provide enough support for runningI would have thought. I’d be interested in your thoughts.

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    Apr 16, 2017, 02.12 PMby nadia r

    these look like a great style! liking the tie dye-print and the way you did the attractive back bands esp! =D

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    Apr 12, 2017, 09.07 AMby Ivanamania

    This set is fabulous! For some time in the past I have been obsessed with Trash to Couture DIY blog and was pleasantly surprised by this article. Anyway, as much as I like Burdastyle online and the magazine, I must disagree that it offers simple instructions, on the contrary, they are super confusing, especially Serbian translation in the magazine here. And by the comments of other members of this community, I have noticed that this is the majority opinion, so perhaps it is time for Burdastyle to make turn and reconsider simpler instructions…

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    Apr 12, 2017, 06.57 AMby thobou

    Thank you. I’ll be trying that.

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    Apr 12, 2017, 12.05 AMby raeborough

    I am planning on making a tankini with built in support for my D cup size, by adding an internal bra. It just occurred to me I could do that with this top for this post as well. I’d have to add some design features to the top, but I’m in the habit of tweeking my sewing projects anyways. I’ll have to give this a go!

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      Apr 12, 2017, 03.27 AMby trashtocouture

      I want to do the tankini one next. For the sports bra in you could add an internal bra without much fuss. I tweak things too and that’s the designer mindset, like the 4 set of straps instead of 2 I did. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    Apr 11, 2017, 08.35 PMby jenss-1

    Cute set. However, I would not recommend rayon for athletic leggings. It should be fine for athleisure garments (emphasis on leisure), but not for exercise. It would tend to be semi-transparent and would probably wear out quickly. Look for 4-way stretch nylon and polyester spandex blends that are made specifically for true activewear purposes.

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      Apr 12, 2017, 02.56 AMby trashtocouture

      Thank you! The poly spandex jersey and activewear spandex are made for performance gear used for this set. The bamboo rayon jersey mentioned is also 4-way stretch and great alternative for a lighter activity legging or the hoodie. It absorbs moisture and is anti-bacterial, amongst other benefits.

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