“Sew Your Own Activewear” is the debut book from FehrTrade founder and activewear sewing specialist Melissa Fehr. In this book you’ll learn how to sew, fit, and adapt the included four basic block patterns into thirteen different activewear designs, including:
Additionally, you’ll learn how to sew robust seams (on an overlocker/serger or standard sewing machine), select appropriate activewear fabrics, and adapt patterns to your specific sporting requirements including:
- Add a gusset to any leggings
- Convert standard sleeves to raglan
- Sew 8(!!) different kinds of pockets
- Adjust for 21 common fit issues
- Sew a wide, yoga-style waistband
- Add a thumb-cuff to any top without hand sewing
- And sew much more!
The book is full colour, paperback, 128 pages, published by SewAndSo, and includes pull-out patterns for four basic blocks (See included block size range here). It was released on 26 January 2018 in the UK and 20 March 2018 in the USA.
You can buy from Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, and Amazon Australia.
NEW!! There is also a German translation of the book available! Näh dir deine Sportswear: Aus Jersey, Sweat, Fleece und Softshell contains the exact same designs, illustrations, photos, and information, just in German instead of English. And it’s in hardback!
Hint – you don’t have to have bought it from Amazon to leave a review! 😉
Or you can also buy both English language versions from my publisher’s site: Sew And So – paper book or
Sew And So – e-book. The digital version (also available on Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook) comes with access to download the block patterns in both Print at Home (A4 and US Letter compatible) and Copy Shop (A0 and 36in wide compatible) versions and these are also layered pdfs. Alternatively, you can download the digital versions of the patterns even if you’ve bought the printed edition (see page 19 of your book for details).
You can see finished versions of the garments from the book from readers all over the world in our Pinterest Gallery here.
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