A cheerleader's uniform is fundamental in creating a sense of identity with the team and generating a consistent look for the cheering squad. A cheerleader's uniform needs to be comfortable, a direct result of how well it fits. The best way to ensure that your cheerleader uniform will fit properly is to construct it yourself. While a cheerleading uniform may look complicated, it can be constructed by even a novice seamstress.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Sewing pattern
- Sewing machine
- Team logo or patch (optional)
Measure yourself, wearing the undergarments you plan to wear under the uniform. You will need to take these measurements to the fabric store when purchasing the pattern and fabric. Read the back of the pattern envelope to determine your correct size, being aware that pattern sizes can vary greatly from store-bought clothing.
Cut out the pattern and fabric for your size, following the pattern instructions inside the envelope.
Fit the garment to you by pinning it together and trying it on. You may find it useful to enlist a friend to help you with the fitting process. Cheerleading uniforms should fit close to the body, but not so tightly that the seams pull or strain. Adjust the seam allowances, if necessary, to create the proper fit. Move around in the pinned garment to ensure it moves with you and does not restrict your movements.
Sew the pieces together according to the pattern instructions. As you sew major seams, such as the sides and back seams, try on the garment to make sure that you are achieving the fit you desire.
Pin the hem of the dress according to the length of skirt for the rest of the squad. These measurements often are taken from length from the waist down to the hem, but can also be taken from the knee up to the bottom of the hem. You may find it useful to have a friend help you to pin the hem evenly.
Hem the skirt by hand, catching only a few threads of the outer fabric as you sew, so that the hem is not visible from the outside.
Hem the top in the same manner, adjusting it to the bodice length of the rest of the squad.
Attach your team's logo to the front of the bodice by measuring the centre of the bodice and stitching it on.
Tips and warnings
- Ironing your garment as you sew will help to create sharp edges and defined seams. Iron the fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- If your entire squad is making their own uniforms, you should try to buy fabric for all of the uniforms at the same time, to ensure consistency of fabric colours. Dye colours can vary from lot to lot, and may not be noticeable until the uniforms are placed side by side.
- Be careful when fitting the garment on yourself, that you do not scratch yourself on the straight pins.
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