Yellow Tricot, HTV, and the Tie Back Tank

Have you ever heard of tricot? I had not before this sew. Apparently it’s pronounced “tree – koh”. I always said try-cot when I would read it. I was wrong. Anyways, it’s a super soft, stretchy knit that can be used for several different applications; swim, athletic, daily wear, etc. It’s super versatile. From my experience with wearing it, it dries super fast and is really cool feeling against your skin. It’s also super (I need a new word for super…) easy to sew! Which is a plus.

I used the lemon yellow tricot from Phee Fabrics to make a tie back tank from Greenstyle Creations37161118_10113389239548494_8290264858218201088_oTo add a little umph to the top, I decided to do a reverse coverstitch for the back and bottom hems. I like the extra touch it adds. Once I finished the shirt, I really felt like it was lacking something so I decided to add some HTV (heat transfer vinyl) to the front. Let me preface these next two photos with the fact that I don’t work out. I used to run, but then I found sewing and had a kid. So in my spare time, I would rather sew. Since this is an athletic style top, I wanted something non-athletic on the front just so people don’t get the impression that I actually work out…

Yes! You can add HTV to tricot! My favorite HTV is Siser brand. They have several types of HTV depending on your project. For example, they have standard (which is what I used here), stretch (better for fitted items that will stretch once on), and some others that I won’t get into right now. But for this application, because this shirt is more flowing and does not stretch when worn, I used standard HTV. My favorite place to buy right now is from Heat Transfer Vinyl 4 U. They have really fast shipping and the prices are good. Their website also gives application instructions for each product which is really helpful. For mine, I set my heat press at 305°. Once it’s warm I lay my shirt and vinyl on the press and cover with an old bed sheet I’ve cut up. You are supposed to use a non stick cover sheet or Kraft paper but I’ve never had a problem using a sheet. Once on the press I heat for 15 seconds. For this vinyl you can peel it hot or cold, so I peeled while hot. 37258194_10113389240626334_6752075368296873984_oY’all, I’ve never done a day of yoga in my life. Haha.

You are also supposed to wait 24 hours before you wash and dry. I wore my tank boating on Saturday and it withstood Emma climbing all over me, saltwater, ocean breeze and a wash afterwards and everything held up wonderfully.


Back to the tricot – after wearing it for a day out in the hot sun, I love the way it feels and how breezy it is. It’s definitely a great fabric for athletic wear! It also has great stretch which is good because…IMG_3426WM…Emma is going to be a big sister!

Supplex – What butts dream about

Posted by Alisha Bennett

As a women with a large butt and thighs and a smaller waist, I have the hardest time finding athletic pants that fit me without falling down mid jump in my workouts. So let’s talk about the Super GreenStyle Creations and the oh-so-amazing supplex from Phee Fabrics. 

I also want to add on the Xpress tank from Greenstyle Creations as well as the Bridgette Bralette from Made for Mermaids both tank and bra are made from circular knit from Phee Fabrics also!

*A quick note that the bralette is not intended for a workout that would consist of a lot of jumping, it’s more suitable for a yoga practice. I wore this bra for a full 9 hours and did not need to adjust my girls once. It’s so comfortable and keeps my girls in place. 

Supplex, it doesn’t get better than this. It keeps everything smooth and in place. It helps keep your pants up even during a HIIT class, I always have hard a time with my pants staying in place.

Now to the Super Gs. I hacked the front waistband to make it go into a V in the front (I saw a picture on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it!) it was a very easy hack. You just take the front waist band and stop at your measurement at the bottom on the band and than measure out 3 inches on the top, pictured. 

You still add elastic to the top on the band and when attaching to the pants you overlap the two front pieces 3 inches and than sew per the pattern. Voila! They are so comfortable!

Circular knit

The Xpress tank is a quick sew and only one pattern piece!! There are three options, tie back (pictures) scoop back and pointed back. Circular Knit is the softest material I have felt, it wicks moisture and washes up so nicely.

So grab Supplex, circular knits from Phee Fabrics and these patterns!!

GreenStyle Creations

Made For Mermaids