Pattern Cutting For Sportswear.
(079). Bill has been creating sportswear patterns as a freelancer for forty years – And a fitness enthusiast all his life. A qualified gym coach and indoor cycling instructor, with a passion for ergonomics and all aspects of sportswear development.
Although he specialises in sportswear pattern cutting for all types of sportswear and activewear, he can expertly cut just about any pattern from tailoring to lingerie.
Creating patterns for sportswear requires a thorough understanding of ergonomics, garment construction, fabrics, and all aspects of modern sportswear technology.
In order to create great patterns for sportswear it is vital to understand how the body moves, and how to create the pattern shapes to allow for those movements.
A lot of sports have quite similar requirements from their clothing, especially those that use stretch fabrics with a lot of leeway for movement. In those cases the differences may be quite minor.
A rower may wear an all-in-one suit that looks just like a wrestlers Singlet. Or a weight lifters Leotard. They will be similar to a cyclists Skinsuit, or a triathletes Speedsuit. Or a swimmers Tanksuit.
Each garment may start with the same basic shape, but will have multiple subtle differences specific to the sport in question. Some of those differences may be in the pattern shape, or panelling.
Those differences become greater, the more technical a garment gets. A cyclists technical jacket, a runners runners jacket, a jockeys jacket , and a motor cyclists jacket may are all totally different, although there are similarities in the pattern shaping.
Sportswear has an increasingly technological aspect to it, that adds an extra dimension to pattern cutting and sample development. Every sport has its own special requirements.
Some technical sportswear may involve a little more development than other types of clothing. The shape and fit have to be just right. That means making a sample, and if necessary, making a second sample to perfect the fit.
If you are running round the block with a poorly cut running top, you may be totally unaware that the pattern has not been cut to allow for the complete free movement of the arm.
Try that seem top in a marathon and you will be begging to change your top for a more practical one. And you wont be trying that brand again.
Custom Pattern Cutting.
While we can buy in ready made garments to be customised by us, our main business is to make bespoke patterns and garments. We then do the sample development, and also provide short runs for small sportswear brands.
Sportswear Tech Packs.
If you intend to have your designs manufactured, it would be beneficial for you to provide a tech pack for each style. Many factories will insist on you providing a tech pack. If you are manufacturing abroad, it is an essential requirement. We provide a professional tech pack design service.
Athleisure needs to be cut with many of the considerations of sportswear and activewear, but is not so specific in its requirements. The main factors are comfort and appearance.
A lot of Athleisure is really poorly cut, because the patterns tend to be cut by very inexperienced pattern cutters with no understanding of fit.
While the cut of the athleisure garment isnt as vital as for designated sportswear, it still needs to be comfortable and functional.
Learn How To Cut Sportswear Patterns.
If you would like to learn how to cut your own sportswear patterns, we run a one-to-one sportswear pattern cutting class in either Greenwich, or Walthamstow. We can also offer online pattern cutting classes at times to suit.