Can you put puff sleeves on a workout top? To be honest, not even I, a puff sleeve aficionado, thought this was possible until I saw this top from G. Sport (a Gwyneth/Goop brand). So I decided to give it a try, and now I’m happy I did!
Now, these are very subtle puff sleeves, I drafted the pattern myself and I find it a little hard to gauge how much “puff” I will achieve when doing the slashing and reshaping of the sleeve head.
I also added width and gathers around the hem since I wanted a top that didn’t cling since I’m currently kinda over those snug ones.
I added mesh inserts in the back as well, since I find that it really helps with the ventilation. I tend to perspire a fair bit, especially in the summer, so it’s nice to have something that doesn’t get soggy wet as soon as a start moving around.
So are there any drawbacks with these sleeves? I have discovered a small one, and that is that the cuffs cut into the biceps a little bit when I’m doing high cable rows. So if you are doing a lot of those sort of exercises a cuff band is probably not a great idea.
Lots of volume in the back as well. This top is incredibly comfortable to wear!
This is currently the top that I reach for first when I have washed all my workout wear, which speaks a lot about how much I like it. I plan to do more variations of this style in the future since it’s pretty easy to alter using different fabrics or shape the yokes in various ways.
I even wore when I ran a half-marathon this weekend, and I’m happy to report that it works very well for long distance running too!