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Date: 7/31/14 12:57 PM

I have a pattern for a men's tracksuit from the early 90s. I've been wanting to sew some sports wear and this definitely fits the bill. I work from home and like the idea of having light, comfortable clothes that aren't pajamas or just t-shirts.

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I intend to sew View B, the collar version, and make matching pants and shorts for it. The pattern is also lined.

Can someone suggest a fabric to use? I don't want to spend all the time sewing it and determine that I hate the fabric. Here are the fabric suggestions from the pattern: "Windbreaker fabric, supplex, poplin, water repellent cotton and blends". It's for woven fabrics.

Here are my thoughts so far:

I avoid sewing with synthetic fabrics, so windbreaker fabric and supplex are out of the running. I made a windbreaker of nylon recently and really don't care for the feel of the finished product.

Possibilities:

Poplin/shirting weight: Will be soft and fine, I'm just finishing a shirt out of light blue poplin. Maybe I could make it out of a slightly heavier cotton poplin, then line with a very soft and light shirting.

Linen: I'm not sure if linen would look weird in this kind of style. Maybe if I use linen I would forgo the gathering at the pants hem. There's also the cost!

Rayon, silk: I'd prefer this to be an "easygoing" project, so slippery fabrics need not apply.

(Corduroy, velvet(een) and velour are all classics for this style, but they would all be too hot. Any of them would work for a future version for winter wear. I see a winter version lined with very light flannel.)

So, more experienced sewists, what would you suggest for natural fiber sports wear? Are there any fabric options I've missed? I would love to have your input!
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Subject: Mens Tracksuit - Help me choose a natural fabric Date: 7/31/14 1:44 PM

I would try a bottom weight poplin and omit the lining in the pants.
Also a beefy cotton jersey, that has is stable with very little stretch.
There are some nice supplex nylons that feel like cotton are breathable and water resistant which can be nice for Oregon if you live on the western side.
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Date: 7/31/14 1:52 PM

The heavy jersey idea is great. I also have a striped cotton ponte knit with minimal stretch - I am going to try a test on that to see if it will work.

I am in Portland, so I definitely know the virtues of water resistant fabrics! I will see if my local store (Mill End) has some of these cottony nylons of which you speak :-) I got my windbreaker fabric there, but it was so stiff and completely un-stretchable.

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Subject: Mens Tracksuit - Help me choose a natural fabric Date: 7/31/14 4:38 PM

Have you ever been to RCT Fabrics, they will have the supplex and maybe the jersey and lots of other fun things.

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Date: 7/31/14 5:23 PM

How about a lightweight denim. Somewhere between shirt weight and jean weight?

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Date: 7/31/14 6:52 PM

Diane,
That's a great site! They even have good reflective trim. I'm so getting that, since I often walk after sunset!
Of course, that's a bit unrelated to the OP's question, but I wonder if their "woven shell fabrics" would be of interest to him. I've been happy with the "cool max" fabric I got from fabric.com for my walking pants, but it probably wouldn't be exactly what he wants for anything more than a wear around the house kind of muslin. It's kind of like sport uniform material, and not terribly stretchy or thick. It isn't rain-proof but it would dry quickly. At only $3.98 per yard, it might be worth a try while he's looking for the best.



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Date: 8/1/14 6:42 PM

Maybe a lightweight organic cotton French terry?
Check out Fabric.com.

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Date: 8/1/14 10:08 PM

I made this pattern for my ex 20years ago - I made the pants out of plain chambray and the jacket from an Aztec style print chambray for the jacket - it came out great, not water proof though.

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Date: 8/2/14 7:04 PM

I am back from the Fabric Store with fabrics in tow! Here's the verdict!

I decided I am going to make this one twice:

The first will be the non-waterproof version. I am using a lightweight cotton poplin in white, with a lining of silky shirting in light blue. It's going to be very fresh and very summery. I will not be lining the pants (the poplin is thick enough for modesty).

The second will be waterproof, of a woven nylon fabric found in the "technical fabrics" section. It wasn't marked with a name that I recognized but it feels like microfiber on the hand, from what I have read I think this fabric *is* actually Supplex. It's definitely soft, and definitely 100% Nylon. Its sort of like what you find very high quality windbreakers made in. The color's between navy and royal blue, and the lining will be the same light blue cotton as the white version. (Pants will be lined for the waterproof version.)

Now I can't wait to get started!
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Date: 8/2/14 7:27 PM

On the last series of great british sewing bee they made a waterproof jacket - they ironed waterproof tape over the seams, needle holes are not waterproof, are you going to do this too ?

Tanya

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