Sewing patterns for activewear

Has your winter been weird, too? In Portland it’s been sunny-rainy-gorgeous-Snowpocalypse-sunny-rainy-repeat. I’ve gotten out on my bike a little, but mostly I’ve been staying close to home.

Bad weather days are great for tackling sewing projects, and I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some more activewear. Maybe another pair of leggings and a different vest.

Y’know, change up my look.

(How many years in a row can I rock the exact same leggings and vest?)

Photo by Robert Kittilson

Photo by Robert Kittilson

Sewing leggings is a pretty simple matter (check out this tutorial), but I’d like to make some more complicated items.

It’s hard to find good sewing patterns for activewear, though!

Here’s a roundup of what I have found. Have you got anything to add? Sound off in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Lola Sweater Dress


This sweater dress, Lola from Victory Patterns, would make an adorable winter cycling dress! I’ve got a few yards of bamboo sweatshirt fleece, and some yummy merino jersey that might be great for it.

I first saw Lola on Lladybird, where Lauren has some good tips about her own adjustments, as well as sewing lightweight knits.

Minoru Jacket

Materials for a Sewaholic Minoru

Of course, the Minoru Jacket from Sewaholic is a great cycling jacket. It’s got a loose and comfortable fit, and you can make it out of waterproof fabrics.

I made a version last year, and reviewed it here. I wear it all the time in the spring and fall!

Green Pepper Patterns

Oregon biking shorts

Santiam vest

Green Pepper Patterns has some awesome-looking activewear patterns that I’ve been meaning to try. That Santiam Vest would be perfect with the silver quilted nylon ripstop I picked up a few years back, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a pair of padded cycling shorts.

They also have a mens and womens racing jersey pattern, as well as a lot more outdoorsy patterns for runners and hikers.

There’s a great post on The Train To Crazy reviewing the jersey pattern.

Jalie Patterns

Jalie sports bra

Jalie also has some good sports patterns, like this zip-front jacket and hoodie, a softshell jacket, and a racerback sports bra top.

The sports bra is on my list – I’d love to make something that’s truly comfortable, yet does it’s job well.

Fehr Trade

Fehr Trade running top

I was super excited to see that Melissa of Fehr Trade has released a pair of awesome activewear patterns. I love this great workout top (with a built-in compression bra!), and equally great blog post from Kathy Sews about making it up.

I may have to try making these running leggings, as well!

How about you? Are you working on anything sporty this winter?

2 thoughts on “Sewing patterns for activewear

  1. I have plans to sew my activewear too! I’ve long struggled with what to wear while hiking. In winter (in Australia, so rarely snowing cold), I wear thermal leggings under shorts with thermal top under button up shirt (button up for the collar against the sun). But in summer, I really struggle. Hiking trousers never fit me; which is weird because I otherwise don’t struggle to much to buy non-hiking trousers. And I don’t wear shorts hiking in summer in Australia because my legs will get scratched & bugs and snakes will devour me. So I hit on the idea of making Lola to wear with leggings! And basically, Lola with leggings for all activities. I’ve not done it yet, of course. Also, I dearly wish the Fehr Trade patterns came in smaller sizing. Look forward to seeing what you make!

    • I think a Lola with leggings might just be my new uniform for life, actually. Would a lighter pair of leggings provide enough protection against the ravenous critters and thorns? 🙂

      I’m impressed that you sew your own trousers – have you done any for hiking? My goal for this year is to tackle that at least once. It’s an article of clothing I’ve been very intimidated by.

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