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Patterns for exercising and the gym

babygin | Posted in Patterns on

Hi Everyone,
I’m new here though not new to Threads. I think I have back to Issue 1.

I’m 55, trying to get back to sewing but fitting is a huge issue. My body has changed dramatically since I used to make all my clothes. Now I have almost nothing that fits and nothing to wear.

Anyway, I am looking for reasonable patterns for fitness clothes for middle aged women and I can’t find any, just skin tight leotards and the like.

I’d like to find a pattern for a nice sleeveless V neck top with capri pants. Does anyone have any suggestions?



  1. starzoe | | #1

    Have you looked through the commercial pattern books lately? Lots of patterns there for leisure and exercise clothing.

    1. babygin | | #2

      Yes, I have been looking all over online. We no longer have any stores that sell patterns where I live. Which companies are you referring to and what are they listed under? I really looked all over....

      1. starzoe | | #3

        If you will go to sewingpatterns.com there are forty different pattern companies listed and each one has patterns that you can buy online. There are also some free patterns there. Also, go to burdastyle.com and there are patterns that you can print out, some free some not.

        1. babygin | | #4

          That's where I've been looking.
          I found one pattern that's a possibility on Kwik Sew.
          The last Threads article I can find on activewear was in #29 in 1990.

          1. starzoe | | #5

            Have you checked #109 pp 58-62? Really good article on yoga wear and a nifty idea for loose pants.

          2. babygin | | #6

            Thanks! I didn't think to look under yoga...
            I'll check it out!

  2. jane4878 | | #7

    Jalie.com--Jalie patterns have lots of exercise wear. A lot of their patterns are sized from toddler to 3X or so.

    1. babygin | | #8

      Thank you!

  3. gailete | | #9

    I know we have several sets of exercise  clothes patterns at our on line store (see url under my signature), if you would care to check there. You might want to use keywords: wardrobe, sweatshirt, or sweatpants, to get to the exercise clothes. Always hard to figure out the proper keywords in the space given.

    I apologize if this isn't allowed.


    1. babygin | | #10

      Thanks Gail. I will look there too. It is difficult to figure out the right words to look for. I've tried workout wear, active wear, exercise clothes. And I am finding some patterns but almost all are for skinny young women who want to bear their midriff and lots of other stuff too. When is someone going to figure out that mature women would pay a lot to have clothing and patterns that make us look and feel good? (Sorry about the rant...)

  4. woodruff | | #11

    Ginnie, at my athletic club, many, many ladies 55 and older simply wear black tights or yoga pants and a long, loose tee shirt. These women are of all shapes and sizes, and the outfit I mentioned hides a multitude of sins.

    1. babygin | | #12

      Thanks, this is what I have been doing for over 4 years. It's just that after training for this long, my arms aren't too bad (not like Michelle's but the "hello betty" jiggly stuff is gone), so the sleeves of T shirts bother me. I'd prefer sleeveless. And I'm menopausal and get very hot when I'm working out, so I really want a V neck to help with cooling. And also, I'm just aching for a little style in the gym, to feel like I look my best. I need that.So thanks everyone. I'll quit my bellyaching now and try to modify something to make it what I want....

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        ShineOn | | #13


        Take a look at Kwik Sew 3497. It has 3 sleevless tops, 2 with a v neck and is designed to be made in a stretch knit. I have made this top and the V is not as deep as it looks in the pattern picture, but I would suggest test fitting to make sure it is at a comfortable level for exercising. Good job on working out to stay healthy, keep it up!


        1. babygin | | #14

          Thank you! This is a nice pattern!
          I'll try it out.

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