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Video: Sewing activewear–my latest makes

I’ve spent the last few months sewing a 5-piece activewear collection, and now finally, all the pieces are done! This collection is way more colourful than my normal workout gear, it wasn’t really intentional but I’ve managed to score more colourful activewear fabrics locally lately, and that obviously has impacted my makes.

I’m actually at a point now that most of the clothes I wear when working out is sewn by me.  For me it’s about having garments that fits and also a creative outlet, where I can also experiment with a lot of techniques that one usually don’t use in regular dressmaking.

I’ve been making my own activewear for almost 15 years, and I keep finding new things that I want to try out. So again, this collection is a round of firsts, such as sewing a highly supportive sports bra and using new construction techniques. Hope you enjoy the video and perhaps find it inspiring too to make your own activewear!

Things mentioned in the video and other resources

My book Sewing Activewear:  How to make your own professional-looking athletic wear​

How to sew a sports bra (video)

Sew a waistband welt pocket on leggings

Body shaping leggings waistband tutorial

How to sew mesh inserts

My Facebook group Sewing activewear

Sports bra from Ki-Ba-Doo

Anne-Marie dress from Jalie patterns


  • Adrianne
    July 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Awesome collection Johanna! If my successful makes were as good as the makes you struggle with, I would be a happy camper/sewer!

    • Johanna
      July 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thank you! I’m sure you are doing well with your makes, we sewists can be so hard on ourselves <3


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