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Active wear fabric

sewcrazed | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Can anyone give me a good source for active wear fabric?  I would like to make my own aerobics clothes.  What exactly am I looking for?  Is is jersey?  I know it’s not swimsuit fabric.  the Addidas ready to wear stuff I have is between 88% cotton + 12% spandex and 95% cotton + 5% spandex. 


  1. SewinMari | | #1

    I have been sewing for dance costumes and look for knits and knits and knits.  I look for anything to embellish.  I usually start with http://www.denverfabrics.com  I've gotten very lucky going through the advertisements in your sewing magazines - Threads, SewNews, etc.  I know you aren't looking for swim suit fabric, but at a sewing site, you might just look under "stretch" and see how you do.  If you use a general search engine, I've had better luck with the MSN search than the google search.  Looking under "lycra fabric" has found me very lucky.  Good Luck to you!

    1. sewcrazed | | #2

      Thank you.  I knew threads readers would come through.

      1. SewinMari | | #3

        Hello -- I found some sites that I think you ought to check out...





        I haven't yet bought anything from these, but I will be.  Good luck - keep us updated!

        1. MaryinColorado | | #4

          Cool! Thanks "sew" much!  I use Denver Fabrics here but liked the store better before the remodle.  I hate cutting my own fabric!  Are other stores doing this anywhere? Mary

  2. MaryinColorado | | #5

    If you order online, I suggest that you send them an email first regarding the suggested fabric weight for your purpose and possible samples.  I use cotton lycra.  You don't want to end up with t-shirt fabric for workout wear.  Mary

  3. Dorothy | | #6

    You can't beat Rockywoods Fabrics (http://www.rockywoods.com) for active wear knits.  Audrey has all the high-tech, wickaway fabrics seen in expensive athtletic clothes (for example, biking and running gear).   Every type of polar fleece--windblock, powerstretch, you name it.   Excellent customer service; for example she'll contact you if there are problems with your order. 

    I make it a point to visit Spandex House when I'm in New York on business; they stock more in the way of fashion fabrics.  (In other words, you're lucky if you can find supplex nylon, never mind some of the wickaway fabrics.)



    1. fabricholic | | #11

      Hi Dorothy,

      I looked at the website you mentioned, which is awesome.  I didn't see any patterns for mens running shorts.  Do you know where I could get one?


      1. Dorothy | | #12

        Glad you liked the site!  She has fantastic stuff.   As for running shorts patterns, I would try Jalie, http://www.jalie.com.

        Good luck!


  4. SewNancy | | #7

    Christine Jonson has high quality cotton lycra suitable for active wear in a number of colors. Google her or look her up in the back of Threads, I don't remember her web address

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      blondie2sew | | #8

      Thank you so much for this link. Wow I just got finished bookmarking it and I can't wait to spend sometime here! Just at first glance it looks like the fabric is not way out of the world in the prices!!Can't wait get into looking further!!Connie

  5. zuwena | | #9

    I just picked up a site you might want to check out.  It's website is http://www.justmakeit.com  The actual company is Textile Outfitters.  Z

    1. SewNancy | | #10

      Great resource. Thanks

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