If you are planning to sew sportswear, swimwear or dancewear for yourself or someone in the family, take a look at our wonderful collections of clothing patterns here at Spotlight. You can now make outfits from trendy bikinis up to comfortable tracksuits and everything in-between. Kids will love their unique dancewear and ballet outfits, and the range also includes swimwear and cover-ups for both children and adults. Most patterns include variations for different sizes and styles, allowing you to adapt your outfit as you like. Even dolls can have their own sportswear clothing made.
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Can I purchase sportswear patterns at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. If you are planning to sew sportswear, swimwear or dancewear for yourself or for someone else in the family, why not take a look at our wonderful collections of clothing patterns here at Spotlight. You can now make a variety of outfits ranging from trendy bikinis up to comfortable tracksuits and everything in-between.
Why make your own sportswear?
Many people buy sportswear, often because they want to wear a certain brand of sports clothing, or because they like a certain team colour or logo. But sportswear can be quite expensive. And, in many cases, you pay more for the logo or brand name, while the garment has been cheaply produced from material that will not withstand many washes. Avoid this by making your own sportswear with some of these handy patterns.
What should I keep in mind when sewing sportswear?
Sportswear must, above all, be comfortable and allow you room to move about easily. This is often achieved by using fabric with a certain amount of stretch in it, such as Lycra or Spandex. But the stretch in the fabric can make it tricky to sew with, and you need to make sure that you have the right equipment and knowledge to create sportswear that is comfortable, well-fitting and professionally finished. Many experienced sewers swear by using an overlocker, but even with a normal sewing machine you can make many sportswear garments.
Some tips for sewing stretchy material:
- Always place the pattern on the fabric so that the greatest amount of stretch is going around your body.
- Try to keep all your pins inside the seam allowance, to avoid creating holes in the finished garment.
- Check your stitch length and tension on a fabric scrap first, before starting on the garment itself. Stretch your test scrap to see if the stitches break, and if so adjust your tension.
- Keep the fabric slightly stretched as you are sewing, holding it behind and in front of the needle, while being careful not to pull the fabric.
- Use tissue paper between your two layers of fabric to stop the fabric stretch too much. Once you have finished your seam, you can carefully tear the paper loose.
Can I buy fabric to sew sportswear garments here at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. Our range of dressmaking fabrics includes a number of stretch fabrics including plain and patterned Spandex and other similar fabrics. You will also find zips, buttons and other types of fastening here, as well as everything from thread to complete sewing machines, which means that you can find everything you need to complete your sewing project under one roof.