Athletic or Swim… or Special Occasion?

I recently had the opportunity to sew up a new AOS (athletic or swim) fabric from Bow Button Fabrics and was blown away by the gorgeous fabric I received! Have you ever had a plan where you picture making one thing, but once the fabric is in hand you want to go a completely different route? This was definitely one of those times!

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I had originally planned on workout leggings and a crop top… but saw the fabric and immediately wanted a dress! I took some time to think while it was washing (it was in the washer less than a minute after ripping open the package). I had 1.5 yards to play with, and wanted to get as much use out of this fabric as I could. It is DEFINITELY much different than my go to solids or neutral prints, but I am so glad I got it!

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Have you seen the super cute crop top and skirt combos lately? I’ve been having major envy whenever I see someone rocking one and have had the idea in the back of my head for awhile. I decided this was the fabric that was going to become one of those!

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I knew I would need pockets, and had limited fabric, so I went for the Pierside Pencil skirt by New Horizon Designs. I had recently made a crop top with the Lille Tank from Greenstyle Creations and new this tank could work for the look O was going for. After cutting, I realized I had enough fabric to squeeze out some Moxi Compression Shorts! The crop can now be doubled as dressy or workout. 🙂

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I measured into a size 8 for the Pierside Pencil and chose to do knee length. I cut a rounded hem, but ended up smoothing it a bit while hemming. I also modified the pocket to have one less layer like I did in this post. I omitted the drawstrings for a dressier look, as well! In the end, I shaved off about half inch on the sides of the hip for a slimmer look, which ended up laying much better.

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As mentioned earlier, the crop is a Lille modified. I also decided to use a lining layer and used the burrito method to omit bands and bindings. To me, this gives it a dressier look! The racer back is also widened and isn’t quite so dramatic. I finished the bottom with a one inch hem. You can catch the details on the crop here.

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Finally, I made the Moxi Compression Shorts (add-on to the Moxi Shorts). I used the waistband from the Super G Tights. I already had this waistband cut out and nearby, plus I had the fit down!

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The other modification I did was to add height to the pocket. I have an iPhone 6, so it’s the smaller size. The width of the pocket is great… but I needed more height than the pattern allowed. The length of the shorts is perfect-not too short!

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Now I have two outfits for completely different looks. The best part is that all the pieces can be mixed and matched with other tops and bottoms as well! I just need some occasion to get dressed up now. 🙂

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Which look is your favorite? Have you tried this AOS fabric from Bow Button Fabrics? It’s amazing! Thick, stretchy, great recovery, smooth… perfect for way beyond athletic or swim.

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Find the fabric here.
Find the Pierside Pencil Skirt here.
Find the Lille Tank (and dress) here.
Find the Moxi shorts here and the Compression Shorts Add-On here.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!
Caitlin

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