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Sewing workout wear

Jalie Pattern 2005 sewn with wickaway jersey from Rose City Textiles.

Since my sewing is on hold for a while, I have more time for blogging. And that’s a great opportunity to talk a bit about sewing workout wear. It’s something I enjoy and also want to encourage others to do. It’s really easy and can also save you a lot of money (unlike many other sewing projects) since high end workout wear often cost a small fortune in stores

Top and leggings patter from Sewing swim and action wear and wickaway fabrics from Rockywoods and Rose City Textiles respectively.

The top is more than six years old and shows no sign of wear whatsoever.You can get great wickaway fabrics at a low cost from many on-line fabric stores. They sell the same fabrics that the big name manufacturers use and the fabrics I bought five-six years ago still holds up, unlike the cheapo workout wear from chain stores that starts to pill and wear down in less than a year



Burda magazine #11/2007 capris in power dry fleece from Rose City Textiles.

So here are my best resources for sewing workout wear:


Favorite pattern makers:


JalieBurda magazine

The Green Pepper


Favorite fabric stores:

Rose City Textiles
Pennine Outdoor


Please note that I have not ordered from these stores for a while (due to my long exercise hiatus), but in the past the service and quality has always been great. I especially love RCT and RW for their huge range of functional fabrics.


Best beginner’s book:

Sewing swim and action wear

Best overall resource:

Specialty outdoor


The stuff I have made myself are really simple designs as you can see. Also, most of the workout clothes that I own were made several years ago when I had just bought my serger and was less proficient. But of course there are options for those who likes to bring more fashion to their workout gear. Burda magazine for instance have really cool designs on some of their workout patterns.


  • EmilyKate
    June 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Hello there, thankyou for these pattern and fabric suggestions. You are absolutely right, buying workout wear in stores could send a person broke! I have vowed to make all my own clothing this year and now I need workout clothes so your post was very timely :o)

  • cidell
    June 4, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the fabric suggestions. I always wonder where I should get those material from so they mimic my RTW items

  • Meg
    June 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for a good post. Those flimsy workout clothes are incredibly overpriced.

  • Uta
    June 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for the tips and resources. Since you've ordered from them, I gather they all deliver to Europe. As I'm working out more currently, I may come to the point where I'll want to replace my ratty 10 yo workout wear!

  • Christina
    June 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I keep telling myself I'm going to sew workout wear but I never do. You are right that you really can save money sewing this stuff.

  • Antoinette
    June 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    All great suggestions. Bookmarking this post…

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hi johanna

    I see that you live in sweden, I live in denmark.

    How did you get to use fabrics from the US and both jalie and kwik-sew is foreign ??
    Do you have any problems by getting the fabric to swedeen (toll and tax) etc.

    I realy like your blogg.

    Im going to london in one month and I read about you trip.
    I love books. Du you have any suggestions to good sewing /fasion/fabric books ?


  • kathy
    June 12, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I love RCT fabrics. I'm from Oregon and I am visiting Goteberg in early july 2012. I know this post is older but I love seeing Rose City Textiles (RCT) in print. One of my faves.

    Would be interested in your Goteberg or even Stockholm favorites?
    k8hobbies (at)

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