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Activewear
By Linda Beer, Sundrop Outerwear Textiles Inc.

 

1. Use patterns and fabrics designed for stretch activewear.

2. Determine which grain has the greatest stretch. Check the stretch of fabric against pattern requirements, check fit by measuring yourself, the pattern and doing a "fabric stretch test."

3. Use a good quality ballpoint needle, size 70-80 depending on the weight of your fabric.

4. Use a high quality thread for both sewing machine and serger. Wooly or fleecy nylon can be used on loopers for increased stretch and fill.

5. Take advantage of notions like fraycheck, gluestick, rotary cutters, specialty elastics and sewing rulers for easier more professional sewing.

6. If unsure of size cut one size larger or increase seam allowance ..... it's easier to take in a garment than to add!

7. On Swimwear, add at neck, legs and bum before you cut. Leave your bra on when fitting for cups.

8. Use one of the many specialized elastics available to suit the end use of the garment. Remember to steam elastic and let it rest until dry after all seams have been stitched.

9. To add chamois crotch piece on cycling shorts, mark placement line carefully and pin or gluestick chamois securely in place before zig-zagging. If adding padding as well, baste padding to chamois before applying to garment.

10. Add bra cups to aerobic wear using the same method as for swimwear.

......REMEMBER TO BASTE AND FIT, BASTE AND FIT, THAT'S THE SECRET TO PERFECTLY FITTING ACTIVEWEAR! ........

Happy sewing!
Linda M. Beer

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