Greenstyle Creations Moxie Shorts
& Xpress Tank
I'm showing the back view first because these are the features that I love!
My daughter has some RTW shorts very similar in design and style, but with a large price tag attached to them. However, these are relatively inexpensive to make since they require little fabric.
These are not difficult to make but do take a bit of time when making the bias binding. I'm so glad that I came across this pattern company--the shorts are very unique in construction and the assembly instructions are well written. I did not make any alterations to the shorts and I'm very happy with the fit. These are made from stretch twill purchased from the Fabric Fairy. The waistband and add-on compression shorts are both made with cotton lycra from The Purple Seamstress.
It's hard to see with the navy blue fabric, but both sides of the shorts have a deep pocket.
When sewing the shorts pieces together, you end up with one very long piece of seamed fabric that you sew your binding too. Next you sew your crotch seam and fold your shorts in a way that the upper back overlaps the lower back. At this point you can either stitch them together or place bar tacks to hold them together, which I chose to do.
The shirt pattern is only one piece. The shoulder seams are sewn and then you hem all around the edges, which I did using my cover stitch machine. Turning up the hem is the only time consuming part of construction. Pretty basic top obviously, but I've seen similar in stores. This is an inexpensive make since it only requires 1 yard of fabric! Fabric purchased from Hobby Lobby.
Here is another set I made--Xpress tank with the rounded back option and Moxie shorts without the add on compression shorts.
The top is made from an ITY which feels so nice and cool. I've started riding my bike most mornings and it is perfect to keep me from getting too hot in this Florida weather. However, because the top is not tied in the back, whenever you bend forward, all the fabric falls forward. So, keep that in mind if you make this option.
Without the shorts add on, these are ideal for wearing over my padded bike shorts. I'll definitely be making more.
In case you are wondering, I'm wearing a Puma sports bra underneath. I found them at Costco and they are sold with two in a box. At the time, they were on sale for about $11. I bought one box and went back the next week and bought another box. They are really comfortable. So comfortable that the next time I go to Costco, I'll pick up two more.
Here are my embroidery makes since my last blog post:
Bohemian Dream Catcher from Embroidery Library
Woodland Bouquet Bicycle from Embroidery Library
Urban Threads Aries
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley