Question: I am a professional wrestler and would like to learn how to make my own gear. The cost of custom made gear is extremely high.
I’ve searched online for a guide on how to sew spandex and other stretchy materials but have only found people saying it’s very difficult.
I have access to a standard sewing machine. I also do not know what type of pattern I would need for spandex pants. This may sound like an odd email =) Thanks in advance for your help. Justin
This is not an odd question at all. My website is all about promoting anyone to sew anything they want, for what ever reason. So I applaud you for your desire to be resourceful.
Here is my advice: Yes you can sew your own wrestling apparel.
What type of sewing machine do you have, or have access to.
If your sewing machine has a zig zag or stretch stitch you would use these stitches to sew your seams. If you click this link scroll to the bottom of the page for info on these stitches.
Note: If you have access to a serger this is ideal, but not necessary.
The best sewing patterns for what you are wanting to do are from Jalie.com. Click the link here. I believe this is what you are looking for and the Jalie patterns are very good. You can purchase online from Jalie.com, or look for a retailer that may be close to you. Here is another pattern that may interest you. Cycling Shorts.
Fabric: I don't know where you are living, but you need to find out where the local fabric stores in your area are located. Choose spandex fabric that is heavy gauge. Don't be afraid to ask for help from the staff either. If you don't have access to fabric stores locally then look online.
Here is a good place to start. Online Fabric Stores.
You will need 75/11 stretch sewing machine needles. These sewing needles are specifically made for stretch knits, and good quality polyester thread. Polyester thread has a bit of "give or stretch" to it so it is best for sewing spandex. You also want to use a 2.5mm stitch length. These items can be found in your local fabric stores or online stores.
Don't buy inexpensive thread, you will regret it.
This is very doable for you. I hope this is enough information to get you started. If you have any other questions, please email me.