Creating a tracksuit requires quite a bit of sewing experience and know-how. You must own a sewing machine that can handle thicker fabrics. If you have the sewing skills and feel up to it, embellishments can make for a one-of-a-kind look. If someone asks you where you got that adorable new tracksuit, you can honestly tell them it's designer and not available in stores. There is nothing wrong with looking a little glamorous at the gym.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Pen and paper
- Fabric (velour or velvet)
- Notions (stated on the pattern package)
- Sewing machine
- Embellishments (gems or embroidery thread etc.)
- Fabric glue sticks
- Glue gun
Measure your body parts. Record your measurements on paper. Include your inseam, leg length, arm length, waist and bust and hip width.
Go shopping for a tracksuit pattern. Locate the chart on the back of the pattern package. Be sure that your measurements are included on the chart. Also make note of the notions suggested, and the recommended amount of fabric based on your size.
Shop for your fabric. Purchase velour or velvet fabric, and be sure to get at least three to four extra yards more than suggested, on the pattern package. Use this fabric just in case you cut it wrong or make a mistake.
Double check your notions at this time. Get zippers, buttons, extra thread, sewing machine needles or any other embellishments you want to add. Make sure you have everything you need before leaving the store.
Open your pattern and identify the pieces you will be using to make your tracksuit. Cut the pattern pieces out for your size. Grab your fabric and pins.
Follow the instructions on your pattern. Lay out your fabric and arrange your pattern pieces. Pin the pattern pieces to your fabric. Mark the seams with a fabric marker. Cut out all of your pieces. Place the jacket pieces aside for now, and grab your pant pieces.
Set up your sewing machine now if you have not already done so. Keep extra needles where you can grab them in case one should break.
Sew your trousers where you marked the seams. Add the elastic or drawstring to the waist band, depending on what the pattern calls for. Hem the bottoms to the desired length. Try them on and make adjustments if need be. Set the trousers aside after you are finished.
Pin the pieces of the jacket together and sew them. Remove pins as you sew.
Insert your zipper and be sure to change to the zipper foot on your sewing machine.
Add pockets and a collar if your pattern calls for one. Add details at this time. Use an embroidery machine or a company that does custom embroidery, and add some swirly designs to the pockets.
Tips and warnings
- Make your designs "pop" and choose bright bold colours. Create a design and place it on the upper left part of the jacket. Make cherries out of red gems. Make an apple or a flower with pink and silver gems.Then add green stems. Create a larger, more intricate design on the back of the jacket. Use a fabric glue stick and mini glue gun to attach your gems.
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