I went a bit crazy when I saw all the beautiful printed lycras online at Pitt Trading. Now I have to sew all the swimwear and leggings!
I recently purchased Simplicity 8634 for $6 in a Spotlight sale. It seems a terribly good bargain, with leggings, sports bra with cup sizes and t-shirt included.
My measurements were between M and L, and I sewed up the M. I had to take in all the vertical seams. My lycra is very stretchy, but even so, I would recommend sizing down in this pattern.
The leggings pattern includes large side pockets, which I love. The pattern uses wide elastic for the waistband. I cut a strip of lycra and encased elastic for my waistband.
I love a bit of matchy-matchy, so I made the sports bra out of the same fabric.
I normally wear a 34B bra, and after reading other reviews of this pattern, I decided to cut out a 32B, and I'm pretty happy with that choice. I made a few modifications to the pattern. I eliminated the V piece in the front. I didn't use the binding on the armholes, instead I changed the order of construction and sewed the lining and outer together with a seam. For this reason, my straps are narrower by a seam allowance than the original pattern. I made the bra using 3 layers of fabric; the outer lycra, and inner soft nylon lycra lining and power mesh between the two.
Another happy fabric project :)