This year marks the 10th anniversary of my college graduation. Yes, I am old. But 10+ years ago also marks a time where one of the original viral videos started and it was a wonderful memory from college. Does anyone remember the Numa Numa guy?
Of course you do! A little while ago, Papercut Patterns released their Pneuma Tank pattern. Every time I see or hear of this pattern, I think of our beloved Numa Numa (Pneuma Pneuma) guy. I also knew I had to have it because that’s a darn cute workout top!
I ordered the Pneuma Tank and the Bellatrix Blazer and I have to say that the packaging is beyond awesome!
If you order a pattern from them, you’ll see what I mean. There is so much thought put into all aspects of the pattern – including directions on how to store your pattern pieces using the packaging!
The pattern itself is printed on butcher paper, which is great because it’s not made of flimsy tissue paper. I traced the pattern with tracing paper instead of cutting into the butcher paper because 1) it’s easier to pin to your fabric and 2) this pattern is expensive and I want it to last FOREVER!
For my first rendition, I traced and cut a size XS for the bra and graded from a XS to S for the tank. You have to love a pattern that thinks you’re smaller than you really are. Yay for vanity sizing!
OK time for some action shots:
OK I guess that’s enough beefcake pictures… for now. I actually tweaked this pattern so I could insert foam bra cups from my store-bought sports bras. That’s the only thing missing from this pattern for those of you whom like a little extra padding. I’ll show you how you can easily change up the bra to make this happen!
First, you’ll cut out two of the front bra portion. Get a drinking glass and position it in the middle of the side seam.
Sew your pattern up as normal, and when you get to the end, you can do a quick “V” of stitching to keep the cups in place. I used a zig zag stitch.
Since you were so nice to sit through my quick tutorial, I’ll throw in a second Pneuma Tank!
“Don’t worry, I will find you!”
I traced off a straight size XS for this version since my first draped a little weird with the size grading. The comic print is also lighter and drapier than my purple version, so it’s absolutely perfect for working out in my local stuffy Tucson gym (I guess they keep it warm for the old peeps…).
And what’s a handmade gym clothes post without some MORE action shots?
Now doesn’t this make you want to make some workout clothes and GET BUFF? I will definitely be making more Pneuma Tanks in the future since I have some more fun fabric that will work. Going to the gym isn’t exactly the most fun thing to do, so it’s nice to look forward to feeling cute while sweating your booty off!
Have you attempted to make workout clothing before? Do you even care about putting forth some effort into your outfit when you work out?
STAY BUFF, MY FRIENDS.