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Burdastyle athletic tank top

Added Feb 15, 2017

by Johanna Lu

Göteborg, Sweden






The cut is formfitting with plenty of room for arm and shoulder movement due to the shoulder strap construction and the low cut around the armhole.
I did a 38. It fits me well over the bust and shoulder area, but a little too tight around the tummy for my liking. It looks a little looser on the model than on me, so if you like your tops to have a little ease around the hips you might need to add some width.
The design is cool and the pieces offer some great options for colour blocking and mixing different fabrics. I would say that the look is very streamlined and athletic and flattering

Alterations that I did
Shortened the yoke
I felt it was too big so I folded 2 cm away and retraced the lines

Skipped the front zipper
Cute detail, but didn’t work for what I had in mind with the bold print placement so I just placed the yoke piece on the fold line to make it into one piece.

Made the front straps longer
The back straps are visible from the front on the original design. I prefer them to hit at the shoulder so I added 3 cm to the front straps and shortened the same amount on the the back straps

Removed the waist seam
I don’t like waist seams on activewear as they rub. In this case the waist seam is there to attach the lining so it makes sense why it is there.
But I omitted the waist seam and instead did a regular built-in sports bra with elastic and a layer of power mesh/net to keep the boobs in place.

Tutorials on simple sports bra making on my blog:
How to sew a built-in bra
How to line a sports bra with power mesh

Meg’s Burdastyle tutorial version with binding and no lining
I really like the idea of adding binding as it would make it more similar to ready to wear and great for keeping a built in bra in place.

Overall impression
A flattering and cool design that could be modified adding a built-in bra. Plus I think stitching down the front seams would make for more comfortable wear when working out.

Material Notes

The top is made of three different moisture wicking fabrics plus power net to keep the boobs in place.
- Spoonflower’s sports lycra with a custom print that I made myself. The print is done on white fabric which means that there are some visible white at the seams and also a slight white sheen when stretched out. But the print colour is very good. Though I would say that this fabric is more suitable for leggings than tops, as it somewhat firm and bodyshaping compared to say a softer supplex.
- White supplex
- Navy supplex for the built-in bra
- Power net/mesh for the bra lining




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    Feb 21, 2017, 05.59 PMby nrobson

    I like this, interesting pattern on the front! :P

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    Feb 16, 2017, 01.49 PMby SurMesure

    Great top, thanks for aal the useful information and links!

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    Feb 16, 2017, 07.36 AMby Maria Hayek

    I love it! You did a great job on this!

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