Ready. Set. Sew…

Yes this is another January motivational message designed to get you off the couch and running 25k. Ok, maybe not 25k. But at least as far as your sewing machine. This year is an exciting time to be making your own activewear. Here is a guide to how you can easily make your own workout gear, wether you decide to wear it to yoga, the gym or just as lounge wear is up to you!

2018 is the year for activewear sewing with many new pattern launches to motivate you. Here is my quick round up. Keep reading for my top fabric selections and tips for sewing your own activewear.

Seamwork, the online magazine from Colette patterns feature the Skipper sweatshirt and the Shelly leggings as this months free patterns. You need to subscribe to the magazine to get free patterns or you can buy them from their website. If you do choose a subscription you’ll get pattern credits, style hacks and fabric picks. As well as loads of great articles and interviews such as the one this month with Meg Stively the face behind Sew House Seven who bought us hit patterns such as the Toaster Sweater.


Seamwork Skipper and Shelly

Cashmerette have also launched a range of Curvy sized activewear. Featuring the Cedar Tank and Top, Belmont leggings and Yoga Pants and the Shawmut yoga bag. All patterns are available to download from the Cashmerette website and there is a great value bundle where you can buy Cedar and Belmont and get Shawmut for free.

Workout Pattern Bundle : Belmont & Cedar PLUS free Shawmut Yoga Bag

Cashmerette CedarBelmont and Shawmut

Fehrtrade is a pattern company dedicated to activewear patterns, just check out their website for a huge selection of styles.  In 2018 Melissa is launching her very first book (Yay! congratulations Melissa) You can pre order a copy here. Now if that doesn’t motivate you to sew your own activewear I don’t know what will.

I have fallen in love with leggings. I wear them under dresses, to yoga, round the house. I’m not yet at the stage where I feel comfortable wearing them with a crop top, but you never know #2018fitnessgoals. I set myself the challenge of making my own this year after totting up that I bought at least 5 pairs last year (I know, how naughty when they are so simple to make!)

I made my first pair of yoga leggings using Megan Nielsen’s Virginia leggings pattern (available as PDF download only) and our new Black Roses sports jersey. The pattern was so simple I easily made them up in an evening including sticking and cutting the PDF. I am pretty tall and made no adjustments to the high rise long version, next time I will add extra rise of about 1″ and the front and 2″ at the back to allow for my ‘peachy’ behind. And to prevent that revealing builders bum in a yoga class, nobody needs to see that!

Scuba is also a wonderful fabric to make leggings from, just make sure it has enough stretch and that it goes 4 ways, otherwise you won’t be able to bend your knees.

The Lark Tee from Grainline studio is one of my most versatile go to patterns. The short sleeved version is perfect in our Milano jersey. This is a viscose and elastane mix jersey. Did you know that viscose is a natural fibre derived from wood pulp that is highly breathable and sweat wicking, perfect for a workout tee shirt. For a comfy yoga cover up, try making a longer sleeved version in the Isabella jersey. This wool and viscose mix will keep you cool when you build up some heat, but it is also ideal to slip on to keep you warm and cosy during your relaxation. The pattern includes loads of neck and sleeve variations so you can tailor it to your style. As the pattern is quite a long fit it is perfect for staying in place while you twist and turn, jump and kick or run.

Grainline Studios Lark Tee Sewing Pattern

For serious gym bunnies and runners you need activewear patterns with clever benefits, think hidden pockets and supportive tops. Sewaholic has the Pacific leggings and Dunbar top that are ideal. Use our plain Sports jersey in bright colours to mix and match and create your own fun outfit.

Sewaholic patterns pacific leggings

Sewaholic Pacific and Dunbar

Before and after your workouts, or just to nip to the shops you are going to want an extra layer. There are some amazing sweatshirt patterns around, may favourites are The ToasterLindenGemma and Sloane. Or you could try a Rigel Bomber jacket, or a Seymour hoodie. These all look great made in our Ponte Roma Jersey. Or for something a bit more fun using a Floral scuba be amazing. We’ve just added some stunning new designs to our scuba range see them all here.

Named Gemma Sweater & Maxi Dress (Intermediate)

Sewaholic Seymour jacket sewing pattern

Customising your activewear is so much fun and really simple. Here are my top customisations:

  • Add panels in a bright neon sportswear fabric to leggings and tops for added visability.
  • Use Airtex or Powernet for the body or sleeves for a cooler top with an urban edge to it.
  • Mix colours, use contrasting or co-ordinating colours for the body and sleeves. The Gemma sweatshirt is ideal for this.
  • Don’t be afraid of patterned fabric. Pair bold patterned leggings with plain tee shirt as the ultimate in gym styling.

Don’t forget you’re gonna need some of these bits as well.

  • Supersoft elastic, ideal for waistbands and underbust support.
  • Powernet is great for lining sportswear, choose between black and nude.
  • You should always sew jersey fabrics using a jersey needle and a strong thread. Nobody wants a split seam mid vinyasa.

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What ever your workout style, I hope there is something here to motivate you to make your own activewear but if you need just a little more inspiration then checkout my Fitwear Pinterest Board.

Happy sewing xxx

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