10 TIPS FOR SEWING LEGGINGS & SPORTSWEAR

10 TIPS FOR SEWING LEGGINGS & SPORTSWEAR

Thanks for joining my chat with Chelsea on Sew Like a Pro!  Here are some tips and discounts:

10 Tips for Sewing Leggings, Sports & Athleisure Wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1. FABRIC:  Use a quality 4-way stretch fabric, such as a Nylon Spandex Tricot Knit,  so the fabric retains its shape (no baggy knee’s cool).  Add a touch of Power Mesh Nylon Tricot Knit  

2. WICK AWAY: If you plan on working out, look for moisture wicking fabric.  Wickaway moves sweat to the outside of the fabric and quickly dries, so your sweat doesn’t soak the fabric.   

 

  3. FITTING:  Athletic wear is usually fitted, especially leggings.  Check the exact measurements on the pattern and compare to your exact measurements.  You will want to have the outfit at least 1″ smaller than your size (more than 1″ depending on your size too). This is what we call negative ease.

4. NEEDLES:  Use a stretch  in the sewing machine, serger, and coverstitch.

 5. THREAD: I use Wooly Poly or Wooly Nylon in the upper and lower loopers on the serger.

  6. SERGER STITCH: A 4-thread overlock stitch is stronger than a 3-thread overlock stitch.  I use the 4-thread for leggings, fitted workout tops, and sport bras.  I use the 3-thread overlock stitch for loose fitting knits and items that won’t have a lot of stress.

7. SEWING:  If you don’t have a serger, you an use stretch thread in the sewing machine.  Wind the bobbin slowly and use the stretch thread for both the upper thread and bobbin with a straight stitch.  Another option is using universal thread and a narrow zigzag stitch.

 

8. ELASTIC:  I use sport and braided elastic in the waistband of my leggings.   1/2″ wide when I am sewing yoga style leggings with a wide waistband.  1″ or 1-1/4″ when sewing more of a leggings style. 

 

9. HEMMING: performance fabric can be slippery and tricky to sew.  I steam press the hem and use a tailors clapper to create a creased fold.  Then when I run the fabric through the coverstitch machine  or sewing machine using a twin needle, the fabric lays nice and flat. 

 

10. ADD A TOUCH OF MESH:  Use a coordinating mesh fabric to leggings as an accent to hold your cell phone or inserted into a tank for a trendy style.

 

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Leggings PDF Pattern and Virtual Directions

Essential Guide to Sewing Knits Masterclass

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Apron Sew Along

Apron Sew Along

Apron Sew Along

An apron is such a fun accessory to wear in the kitchen, at work, while dyeing fabrics, gardening, you name it!  I thought it would be so fun to sew an apron and each day have guests on the live show showing how to embellish with embroidery, quilting, applique, and more. 

 

I will be using Molly Madison’s Apron Pattern, but feel free to use any apron pattern you might have on hand.  Molly is a friend of mine and I just love the variations on her pattern as you see above.

Here is the schedule of live shows and I will include links to the live shows each morning:

 

Custom 4″ Zipper Case 

Reen Wilcoxson from Embroidery Garden will be showing us how to make a 4″ zipper case.  Here is the link to download the files.

You can find Reen at Embroidery Garden:

Learn How to Thread Your Serger!

Learn How to Thread Your Serger!

How to Set Up and Thread a Serger

Some of the most common questions I get revolve around the serger.  A serger, also called an overlock machine,  is typically used to trim and finish the raw edges on fabric, yet the serger can do SO much more!  While the Brother Brand Ambassadors are taking over the Brother Facebook and YouTube channels I am going to add a series of tutorials on the serger and coverstitch machine.  To get started, I will explain the dials, tension settiings, and show how to thread the serger. 

I hope this live video helped you get the serger dusted off!  I have additional serging videos on my YouTube channel.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Sewing & Embellishing Pillow Cases

Sewing & Embellishing Pillow Cases

At Your Side 🧵 Virtually LIVE

Learn How to Sew, Embroider, & Embellish a Pillow Case

It has been so fun taking over the Brother Sews Facebook and YouTube channel during this stay at home mandate!  I always like to find the positive and this has been the best, being able to hang out with you all virtually.  Many have asked where to find the replay’s, so I will be sure to post them here on my blog at the end of each day. 

So going back, we had an entire week of making pillow cases, embroiderying ideas, BES 4 Lettering tutorial, and more!  Here are all the replays:

 

Now that was fun!  I hope you are inspired to dig into your stash and make a few pillow cases 🙂  Next week the theme is spa and pampering, which we all need a little of right now.

Let me know if there is a specific lesson you might like in the upcoming live shows. 

Cheers,

Learn How to Design & Sew Pajama Pants

Learn How to Design & Sew Pajama Pants

Pajama Pants are so easy to sew for adults and kids.  I have a full video tutorial below walking you through designing the pants and sewing.  I choose pants that have cuffs and a seperate waistband, a little sportier than the fold over waistband. 

Supplies:

  • Fabric
    • Flannel
    • Jersey Knit
    • Scuba Knit
    • Double Knit 
    • Rayon Knit
    • Cotton

      Check out the new fabric that just came in by clicking here.  (I am using my scuba knit)

 

 

 

Thanks so much for sewing along with me!  Be sure to share your pajama pants on social media #angelawolf  cool

Cheers,

Chloe Trench Sew Along

Chloe Trench Sew Along

A trench coat is a great jacket for any season and I thought this would be a great sew along to kick off 2020!  You can find short excerpts of sewing my Chloe Trench Pattern in season 18 of It’s Sew Easy TV and each of the episodes are listed in the Fashion Sewing Club and on my YouTube Channel.  I will also list these on each blog post as we go through the sew along. 

The Chloe Trench Sewalong will last 5 weeks, with each week focusing on a different part of the jacket sewing process.  The free live sessions will be on Facebook, YouTube, and Angela Wolf Patterns Facebook Group.  More in-depth live shows will take place on the Fashion Sewing Club.  All of the dates listed below are subject to change, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter so you don’t miss a thing! Now let’s get sewing!

 

Chloe Trench Supplies

Grab your copy of the Chloe Trench Pattern in either a personally signed Paper Version with includes paper pattern printed in full color along with a spiral bound notebook for the directions or Digital Download.  (Available from size 0 to 36W)

You can find the patterns, interfacing, and pressing supplies here at www.AngelaWolfPatterns.com and get 10% OFF with coupon code: NEWYEAR2020  (all caps)

Fashion Sewing Club Members get 25% OFF all patterns & supplies during the month of January 2020 – visit the club website for your coupon code.   

 

Chloe Trench Sew Along Schedule:

The activities for the Chloe Trench will be combined of blog posts and live shows; some of these shows are free and some are exclusive to Fashion Sewing Club Members.  Click here to learn more about the Fashion Sewing Club

Week 1: Choosing Fabric, Size, Interfacing, and Prep

Week 2: Fitting, Cutting, Interfacing (BONUS for FSC: Lining Options)

 

Week 3: Interfacing, Finishing Seams, & Getting Started Sewing

Week 4: Sleeves & Hemming

  • February 4th 3:00 pm EST Live Chat Fashion Sewing Club
    • Mark your calendar, a link will be posted closer to the date

 

Week 5: Top stitching, Final Touches, Show & Tell

  • February 10th 6:00 pm EST Live Chat Fashion Sewing Club
    • Mark your calendar, a link will be posted closer to the date

 

Please Note: All of these dates are subject to change. Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter to stay up to date. 

To get started check out my video below from It’s Sew Easy TV.  This will show you ideas for fabric and interfacing.  We will discuss this further in the live Q&A and weekly behind the scenes show.  Are you going to join the sew along?  Leave me a comment if you have any question or need help finding fabric.   

 

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!

Cheers,

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