Sporty Summer Sewathon Swings Into Action!

StrawberriesLet’s do this, peeps! Are you ready to share your sporting makes, Wimbledon on in the background, strawberries to hand? Have you raised your heartbeat today? I have! I cycled out to Epping forest to give my new sportswear the ultimate test. Could I actually cycle in my new culottes?

The answer? A resounding YES.

CyclingNot only that but as I threw my leg over the crossbar, I was confident that there was no knicker flashing, thanks to the secret short detail. So demure!

Vogue 6112I made these using a vintage Vogue 6112 pattern and a light wool crepe. With two layers of fabric skirting your curves, you don’t want anything too stiff or voluminous. This crepe did the job really well, though I think this could be even prettier in a lawn print, don’t you?

I’m wearing the culottes with my latest Tiny Pocket Tank which I find perfect for walking the dog, cycling and wearing with PJ bottoms. In short, the ultimate go-to summer top!

So, that’s me. What about you? If you leave a comment below linking to your Sporty Summer Sewathon blog post, you automatically gain entry into the giveaway. Same goes for if you want to email me a photo on didyoumakethat[at]fastmail[dot]fm. To remind you, this giveaway is open worldwide and there are two prizes to be awarded to whoever inspires me most:




Minerva Giveaway

  •  Basic sewing kit including a pair of scissors, thimble, unpicker, wrist pincushion, hand sewing needles, pins, point turner and button gauge and a tape measure.
  • An assortment of 16 metres of fabric from Minerva Crafts including caravan print cotton poplin, plain black microfibre crepe, coral pink crinkle fauz suede, silver grey sateen suiting, ivory two-tone patterned linen and pink floral print lace.

I shall set a closing date of Tuesday 8 July, midnight GMT. Then I shall have lots of fun choosing two worthy winners.

Are you working up a sweat? Thanks for joining in the fun!


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45 Responses to Sporty Summer Sewathon Swings Into Action!

  1. Simona says:

    Hey Karen, your outfit looks pretty nice. Glad you enjoy it while riding your bike.
    Here is a link to my outfit :
    I had so much fun making it. Love it when a plan comes together. 🙂

  2. Deb's says:

    Must take photo and email over to you. I made three tops form a pattern I rubbed off from a favourite. Fingers crossed.

  3. fabrickated says:

    Your culottes-skirt are just lovely – the colour, length and shape. You win!

    Thank you inspiring everyone to both sew and be more active.

    My running outfit is on Good luck everyone!

  4. Funnygrrl says:

    And here is my return of your serve.

    Your coulottes are adorable. Thanks for another great project!

  5. We need a collective noun for culottes because I made culottes too!
    Thanks for the inspiring sewathon x

  6. canalcouture says:

    Love the culottes! Great color choice.

    My ballet dancing boyfriend is jumping for joy in the sports pants I made for him:
    It was so much fun to participate! Looking forward to check all the other makes!

  7. Nilla says:

    Yay, so exciting to see what you all made!! My contribution to the fun is a pair of butt-hugging-too-turqoise-for-my-eyes golf shorts for my boyfriend:

  8. rillafree says:

    Oh god, feel like I’m leaving links everywhere, but here’s another ‘just in case’!!!!

  9. Kim says:

    Love your culottes! I made two sporty summer outfits, my Bombshell swimsuit:

    And a pair of Anima pants and two Pneuma tops:

    Thanks for hosting this cool challenge!

  10. ooobop! says:

    Love your secret shorts! Perfecto for cycling. Alas I’ve not had time to join the sporty fun even though I have in my posession one of those Athena bum-scratching tennis dress patterns! Probably best I saved you from the horror of me modelling it! x

  11. Lindsay says:

    I made these tops a little while back, rubbing off the pattern from a North Face top I had:

  12. scruffybadger says:

    A culottes convert! Or maybe you were never against culottes in the first place, but now you’ve lost your culottes cherry! Aren’t they just great!! I love the length of them too. Totally ace. Oh karen, you’re so fine,you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey karen!!

    I know you’ve seen it, but here’s the link to my sporty makes- currently tested for dancing!

  13. Emma Jayne says:

    Nice cycling culottes Karen… modesty preserved fashionably.
    In honour of the sewathon I wore my exercise outfit to my gym classes today (yes, I do two on Sundays) and I was even asked where I bought my leggings from!

  14. Kathy Sews says:

    I have a fun sporty rain coat I made!! I need one desperately for outdoor fun like hiking and stuff. I’m always making running clothes but I’m crazy excited about this jacket I just sewed and have to enter it 🙂

  15. Nicoletta says:

    Hello Karen, hello everybody!
    For my first sewathon ever, I made yoga pants: comfortable and easy to sew!
    Thank you again for this magnificent opportunity!

  16. redknitter says:

    I am surprising myself by joining in, but my swimsuit is pretty sporty!

  17. Nicole says:

    You look a lot more glamorous in your workout clothes than I do in mine! Nonetheless, I’m really excited about all the sewing + exercising posts all over the blogosphere thanks to the Summer Sewathon and the Spring Race Challenge! It’s so great to see all the options available besides the boring (shrink it and pink it) RTW options. My running clothes are different from what other people are wearing, but they make me happy, even when I wake up at 5 AM to go out running!

    I ended up making a matching set for running: Duathlon shorts in capri length and a modified Renfrew. You can see them here:

  18. Jenny Lester says:

    Didn’t participate in this sewathon – but loved your culottes. Where did you get your trainers they are cool??

  19. qplourde says:

    Love the culottes – great color! This is my first sewathon and my workout pants are blogged here:

  20. Alexa says:

    So I already commented on another post but just to keep my bases covered. I made the Deuathlon shorts,
    I love your culottes. I really want a pair for cycling in, I do way too much flashing on bike for my own good!

  21. Jenna says:

    Your culottes are superb!! I need some in my life!

    Thank you so much for doing this, I have just blogged about my sporty attempt:

  22. docksjo says:

    Separates is the way o go for active and easy, so I made this par of shorts easy to pair with anything , with a loose fit that makes it easy to move around. This has been a very inspiring challenge and I have many more projects planed and in making or just not photographed jet and therefore wont make it with in the time line.
    I’m planing on wearing them tomorrow when when start our hiking/bag-packing trip.

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  24. berrold says:

    Here’s my final attempt. Leggings and leotard hack….

    I practiced by making the actual pattern up as a costume, then played around with it to make practical sportswear that I wear loads…I need to make more!

  25. Lauren says:

    I emailed a while back, so this is just me being extra sure I’m entered. If you didn’t get the email, please let me know and I’ll re-send! Love the culottes!

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  27. sassy02 says:

    Your culottes turned out great, nice fit and they work great on the bike ride.

  28. Chantal says:

    Your culottes look great! They seem comfortable and practical, yet so dressed up compared to most sportswear! I made a pair of Anima pants and tank tops:
    plus a swimsuit:
    I am in the process of making running shoes, but I didn’t quite get them done in time. I went to the beach instead… oops.

  29. Melanie says:

    Here’s my attempt at sportiness:

  30. Rebecca says:

    Huh! My comment didn’t get posted a week or so ago. I’m glad I came to check for it! I did some sporty sewing in the Spring and again recently. Here’s my post about it in the Spring: and more recently:

    Thanks for encouraging awesome things in our world, Karen!

  31. sewtigersew says:

    Oh heavens, I’m really sorry if this is a repeat, but I just commented and then was prompted to log in to WP and then the comment doesn’t show up or tell me it’s being moderated . . . and life is confusing sometimes!

    Anyhow, I’m sporty! I sewed! 🙂 Here: and here: are some of my makes.

    Last, I think it’s wonderful that you have brought more sweating into our sewing world, Karen! Thanks!

  32. Mertxe says:

    Karen! Your culottes are lovelly, they look confortable even when they are not jersey, which is the tipical option. In response to your demand, I have this porject to offer. I was struck by inspiration in the Triathlon cellebrated in my village:

  33. Claire says:

    Ack! Not a minute too soon! Thanks for the lovely sewalong idea and the wonderful giveaways!

  34. Joanne says:

    For some reason, my husband didn’t want to get up extra early this morning to take pictures before work…go figure! I know I’m way late, but if it counts, it’s not yet midnight here! (10:42pm) Thanks for the kick in the butt to actually start this! (and finish it…and take pictures.)

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