The market for activewear is huge right now. As the world is grabbing their running trainers and yoga pants, Melissa Fehr has been working tirelessly on her new book, Sew Your Own Activewear which is a hobbyists must have book of 2018.
Melissa Fehr is a pretty inspirational lady. She is a pattern designer, marathon runner, sewing magazine contributor and blogger with over 10 years’ experience in the activewear market. She has also worked on the last three series of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.
Sew Your Own Activewear will teach you to make 13 activewear garments using just four basic pattern blocks. You’ll be able to make items such as hoodies, yoga pants, crop tops and cycling shorts using these blocks to give you an enviable activewear wardrobe.
As well as learning to make jaw dropping activewear, Melissa talks you through the basics of how to choose the correct fabric for activewear sewing and she’ll give you expert tips on working with performance fabrics like lycra and spandex.
Melissa includes a brilliant section on how to use the book so you end up with the exact activewear you require. She says ‘Included with this book are four different block patterns: basic tops and bottoms in both close fitting and loose fitting varieties. These form the basis of all the activewear designs shown here., or you can choose to use your own basic block as your personal starting point. The included blocks are designed for women in the sizes shown in these size charts, but if you’re not a woman or your body doesn’t match any of the measurements in the size charts, using your own block means that these designs could work for children, men, disabled people, trans people and non-binary folks, those who prefer modest clothing and those whose measurements are beyond the size range here. There really is no limit. If you’ve got a body, you can exercise and if you can sew, you can make activewear’.
I think this point is what makes this book so amazing. It is designed for all body types and gives detailed instructions on how to amend a pattern if, for example, you have a longer torso, large biceps, broad back etc. It is a book for all and not just people who have an athletic figure.
If you head over to Melissa’s blog you will find some great blogs on some of the different garments in the book and how to work and adjust them.
Get your hands on a copy of Sew Your Own Activewear today and get sewing your ultimate fitness wardrobe. Want to see what others are making from the book? Follow our blog hop from the 29th January – 16th February and follow #SewYourOwnActivewear on social.