One question we see in our inbox LOTS, is what we would recommend as the best fabric to use for activewear patterns and where to find it! We recently sent a list of some performance fabric suppliers to our newsletter subscribers as part of our Pattern of the Month series and had such a great response…we’ve decided to do a full blog post as well!
Remember, if you know of any stores that have great moisture wicking activewear fabric, be sure to leave a comment below!
// Important things to keep in mind when choosing performance fabric //
There are a few key factors you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing your Virginia leggings fabric. Just to make sure it’s comfortable and that it withstands all the running, stretching, jumping and sweating you’ll be doing!
The most important thing is it must have AT LEAST 40% stretch. The pattern has negative ease so it’s important to choose fabrics with the appropriate amount of stretch to get the right fit. Take a look at our post on stretch percentage for some handy hints. If you can’t make your way in person to the fabric store, see if you can order a swatch first just to make sure it has the right stretch percentage.
You might also like to check the fabric has some moisture wicking properties to allow the fabric to breathe and wick the sweat away.
And our final little tip…make sure it’s not see-through!!! Good quality, opaque fabric will mean you’ll be able to stretch and bend to your hearts content without it being stretched too thin.
You’ll find the best activewear fabrics are synthetic, but they really do make a big difference to the comfort level and the durability of the fabric. When searching for fabrics, focus on the below keywords and you’ll find some great options!
- Supplex Lycra
- Moisture wicking Spandex
// Suppliers //
Australia | NZ
US | Canada
- Mood Fabrics: Compression, Tech Fabrics
- Spandex By The Yard: Retail & Wholesale
- Peak Fabrics
- Spandexhouse Large range of Supplex
- Zenith & Quasar Huge range of Supplex
If you know of any other amazing suppliers of activewear fabrics be sure to let us know in the comments below!!
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