Wrestling Trunks,
How to sew Your own wrestling gear

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A few of my visitors have been asking about wrestling trunks. "Is it possible to make your own gear?" It is possible to make your own wrestling clothing. 

If you have access to a sewing machine you can make your own wrestling clothes for less than it would cost to buy it.

Here is the original question that was sent to me and the following answer I gave. I hope this is helpful.

Can I make my own Wrestling Gear?

Justin's 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.


My answer

Hi 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 clothes.
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. 

Wrestling Trunks sewing patterns 

Jalie Sewing Patterns

The best sewing patterns for sewing wrestling trunks or wrestling clothes, are from Jalie.com. Click the link here.

I believe this is what you are looking for and the Jalie patterns are very good for accuracy of fit.

You can purchase online from Jalie.com, or look for a retailer that may be close to you.

Kwik Sew Sewing Pattern

Kwik sew also carries sewing pattern that would be helpful. You may have to modify the pattern slightly, however, this pattern would certainly work for sewing your wrestling clothes. 

Kwik Sew K2881 Shirt Sewing Pattern, Shorts and Trunks
wrestling trunks
  • The brief style wrestling shorts are also an option.
  • The brief shown here are a little more like swimming trunks. However, by simply adding height to the waist area, you would correct/solve this issue.

           WRESTLING TRUNKS: Spandex Fabric

In most communities you will find fabric stores that offer sewing patterns, sewing fabric and sewing materials/notions. If the store doesn't carry the fabric your are looking for in stock, then ask if you can order it in. 

Choose spandex fabric that is heavy gauge. I emphasize heavy guage because you will need durability.

Don't be afraid to ask for help from the staff in the fabric store. The staff is usually well informed and willing to help.   If you don't have access to fabric stores locally then look online for fabric.

Here are two good online fabric stores. You could start here.

Athletic spandex fabric

Spandex House

Needle and Thread Information

Sewing Needles:

You will need 75/11 stretch sewing machine needle. This sewing needle is specifically made for stretch knits.

Sewing Thread:

Buy good quality 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.

Needles and thread can be found in your local fabric stores or online stores. 

I hope this is enough information to get you started. If you have any other questions, please email me.

Good luck and happy sewing.

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