How to Make Spandex Wrestling Tights

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How to Make Spandex Wrestling Tights
Wrestlers need comfortable, but tight-fitting uniforms for comfort and easy movement. (Boys High School wrestling 2 image by alice rawson from Fotolia.com)

Wrestling is an active sport that requires special uniforms. Spandex is non-bulky and facilitates ease of movement in a uniform. It's a two-way stretch fabric that's very light for wrestling trousers. You can easily make your own trousers and uniform, too. These trousers require sewing only two pieces together.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Leggings pattern
  • Spandex
  • Paper clips
  • Heavy weight
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out the spandex trousers pattern. There should be one patten piece, as the trousers are made from just two identical pieces. Use a weight to hold the pattern in place as pins lead to snags.

  2. 2

    Fold each piece in half lengthwise and sew up the leg seam from bottom to top.

  3. 3

    Turn one leg right side out and place inside the other leg with seams together. Use paper clips to hold the crotch seam together.

  4. 4

    Sew the crotch seam from front to back. This seam is the u-shaped section at the top of each pant leg. Pull the legs out and examine for any problems.

  5. 5

    Turn spandex trousers right side out and try on. Mark where you want the bottom of the legs for the hem. Repeat for the waist. Take the trousers off and turn inside out.

  6. 6

    Fold the hems over twice and paper clip in place. If the spandex proves difficult to work with, you can fold it over once and sew, then fold it over a second time and sew to create a smooth hem.

  7. 7

    Fold the waist down twice and sew. You can add a thin elastic waistband if trousers don't fit snugly at waist. Most spandex fabric will fit pretty snugly and this probably isn't necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Washable fabric glue works well to hold seams and hems in place instead of paper clips.
  • Do not pull or stretch the spandex as you cut or sew it.

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