Friday, February 26, 2016

Aires Leggings and Pneuma Tank

Today on Imagine Gnats I'm blogging about my foray into sewing activewear with the Seamwork Magazine Aires Leggings and the Papercut Patterns Pneuma Tank... check it out!

Sneak peek below:


17 comments:

  1. I would love to try a Muay Thai class! Trying new classes is so much fun.

    That activewear video is hilarious. I don't know if you've ever been to Austin, but it's a fairly active town and so lots of people wear activewear all day long (including myself, haha). Getting dressed to work out is one of those things that will totally give me an excuse to just not do it, so if I'm already dressed in the proper clothes, I'm more likely to do it! And then once I'm done working out, I confess I typically don't change out of my sweaty clothes either because they are so comfortable to lounge around in!

    I haven't tried making any of my own activewear yet. I'm pretty picky about the fabric's opacity and breathability, and also the seaming and how easily I can move around, so I usually just try on like 20 pairs of pants until I find the ones I like best.

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    1. Muay Thai is really fun- although you end up with bruises all over from hitting the pads.

      Ha, I haven't been to Austin yet (it's on my list!), but now I'll picture it like the video ;-) I totally understand changing clothes as a mental hurdle to working out.

      I can vouch for the opacity of this leggings material!

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  2. Dude, and how I could I forget the COMPLIMENT??!? I think these are both really cute on you, even if the tank is doing that weird thing in the back. I didn't even really notice at first! I really want to try the Pneuma tank too, but probably more just for yoga. I hate not having a ton of support if I'm doing anything more than yoga.

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    1. Ha ha- thanks! I think the Pneuma is probably best suited to a lower impact activity like yoga. Now that I've sewn a bit of activewear, though, I think I'm going to try to make something bit more appropriate for higher impact work outs...

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  3. Oh my goodness -- this outfit is AWESOME. I'm working up my courage to try my first pair of pants next month. Maybe by this summer I'll be ready for color-blocking activewear. (Now I can't stop singing the activewear song...)

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    1. Yes, all the pants! I vote start with pull-on pants, then graduate to zip fly pants.

      Ha, that activewear song has been in my head for weeks while making and blogging about this outfit!!

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  4. I've had my brower open to that legging fabric for a few weeks now since someone else linked to it (?). Thanks to all the close up shots you provided of the leggings, I think I'm going to go for it! I haven't found a good fabric for leggings yet and I have the sewaholic ones burning a hole in my stash ;). Thanks for the detailed review!

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    1. The leggings fabric is really nice, Megan! I can vouch for it. Can't wait to see your Sewaholic leggings- I love the style lines on those.

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  5. Dang!!! These are fantastic! I think you should stop worrying about the Pneuma tank and just wear it, myself. I don't think the flaws are that bad. My first thought seeing the photo was "that tank is so freaking hip and cool" not "it's slightly bunchy in places." It was a case of me not noticing until you pointed it out. So I say it's fine and move on! Kickboxing sounds fun! I love Fitness Blender videos!

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    1. Ha ha, thanks, Inder! I'm definitely going to wear it a couple times before unpicking it to see if it passes muster. It's less the look of it and more the itchiness/feeling of the bunchy bits. We'll see!

      Kicking boxing is super fun. It's just the thing I needed to get off my butt. Plus it's kinda of a cultural experience/exchange, too, with the Thai instructors.

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  6. So cute! I love the colorblocked sections on the leggings. Kickboxing is so fun. How is Thai style different? I'm looking forward to making some activewear post baby to support my new found love of Essentrics. I had a tank pattern that I had made but needed to adjust, but I realized that I no longer have my versions that I made from that pattern (dang my efficiency in closet purging), but I am really looking forward to busting out Jalie's Cora tights and going nuts with the colorblocking possibilities.

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    1. I had to look up the difference between kickboxing and Muay Thai... I think if you're getting really technical, there are a ton of differences, but in one sentence: The main difference between Muay Thai and kickboxing is that Muay Thai allows additional techniques, e.g. elbow strikes, knee strikes, low-kicks and clinches.

      You are the queen of colorblocking- you do it so well! Looking forward to seeing some more colorblocked tights from you!

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  7. You are so awesome!! Muay Thai is so cool and you must feel invincible!! How great that you can make such a cute outfit too!

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    1. Ha ha, not quite invincible, but it is great stress relief!!

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  8. The waistband pockets with some of my pants are a bit small for my phone, but hold my house key without it moving or fearing it falling out. I'll definitely be buying another pair of these workout clothes!

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