So much of RTW Plus-size active wear is ill-fitting, wouldn’t you rather be wearing something bright or at least have black basics that fit properly and don’t ride up or fall down when you are exercising?
Sewing activewear is easier than you think, its really no different than sewing any knit garment except for some different fabric choices.
The best type of fabric is a knit with at least 20% stretch and good recovery. The recovery is important to stop them stretching out and bagging at the knees.
I’ve sewn with a few different types from cotton interlock, dance fabrics, cotton lycra and Supplex. It really is worth trying to source proper exercise fabric if you can, it will be easier to sew and a lot nicer to wear.
Melissa at Fehr trade has a great list of suppliers here;
I’m mentioning mostly pants pattern here as I haven’t made many activewear tops.
- Fehr Trade Duathlon capri/bikeshorts (goes up to szXL(45-36.5-48)
- Style Arc Becky Yoga pant (goes up to sz 30 (58-50-61)
- Style Arc Monica leggings (goes up to sz 30 (58-50-61)
There are a lot more patterns around and the best reviews all seem to be for;
- Fehr Trade goes up to szXL(45-36.5-48)
- Kwik Sew up to szXL (45-37-47)
- Style Arc goes up to sz 30 (58-50-61)
- Jalie goes up to szFF (50-44-53)
- Cake Patterns (espresso leggings) go up to 55″ waist
The Big 4 also have a lot of patterns either for activewear or that you could easily turn into activewear.