Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest


Sometimes, I have the hardest time following through with things. I have signed up for numerous contests and never entered a single garment. This year, I said I was going to challenge myself to harder and more challenging projects, I don’t know what better way to get this kick started than to enter a contest. Not only will I just say I’m going to participate, but I will actually finish and submit my work. 

Why would you do this?

I was inspired to make some fun activewear last fall. I made one pair of leggings that were unblogged and completely unposted on social media. I couldn’t photograph it because I wore it so much!!!

Skip forward to January… I only had one pair of leggings and one top to wear to my new zumba class. So, I only went once per week. After 3 weeks, I realized that’s a really stupid reason not to exercise. Since I no longer purchase RTW – and workout wear is REALLY expensive anyway – I decided I’d get to making myself some new workout wear. When I saw this competition, I decided that an activewear wardrobe is just what I need. My cousin designed the fabric for me and the rest is history!

DE Love Leopard - pink-grey

I told her that I wanted something in the way of a leopard design and she showed me this! I was instantly in love. There are other colorways available for sale in her store (taupe and pink/teal).


I originally thought the contest ended on March 15. So, true to my procrastinating ways, I started sewing around March 12. By March 14, I had 8 pieces done – I had to decide if I was going to keep on with it, or quit. That night, I checked the contest rules, only to find out I had until March 31! With that in mind, I of course tossed this project to the back burner.

I made my grandmother, mother, and sister some dresses and went on a few trips before I got back to this project. I finished the last two pieces and took a step back to admire all of my hard work. It was truly worth it!



(1)Papercut Patterns Pneuma Tank, (1) Sewaholic Dunbar Top,  (1) Style Arc Fiona Top, (1) Seamwork Oslo, (2) Seamwork Rios, and (2) Fehr Trade Kimono Sweat Tops.


Two pairs of Fehr Trade Steeple  Chase Leggings


Here’s what you sat through this blog post to see! Enjoy!

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Pneuma Tank with Steeplechase Leggings and Oslo Cardigan

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Dunbar Top with both view of Steeplechase Leggings, Oslo Cardigan and Sleeveless Kimono Sweat Tank


Fiona Cardigan with black Rio top.                       Kimono Sweat with sleeves!

You can see the entire review with all the technical bits here on the pattern review website.

That’s all for now!


5 thoughts on “Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest

  1. HeatherVM says:

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been going to the gym 3x a week for the last three months. I’m down to a single pair of ill-fitting pants (I hate them!) and free T-shirts I got from 5k charity walks. I feel so frumpy and blah, but I can’t bring myself to spend so much money on them. A capsule wardrobe is such a great idea! I am going to devote January (new years resolution: sew cute exercise clothes) to making 10 things… well, probably January and February.


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