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Fitness clothing for the not-so-fit
Because a retail fitness large or xl is not really large
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Date: 8/28/13 7:49 AM

Ok. I need to exercise, go to the gym. At 48 my body is inexorably moving out of the size 16 and I've had to put away some of my clothes because they are too small now. I really need to lose weight!

But I have nothing to wear! My fitness bras are the only thing that still fit. I have shopped for fitness clothes and it is a cruel joke -- the size large and even xlarge are too small. I'm wondering if anyone makes their own fitness clothes (to wear at gym, at 5Ks, biking etc). What alterations do you make to them (I have a prominent abdomen and flat butt). No wonder there are women at the gym with half their rear end sticking out of their booty shorts! They thought they bought their correct size.....

I don't want to wear baggy clothes. I want to feel like I am looking good - not that I am wearing laundromat uniform.

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Date: 8/28/13 8:04 AM

I make most of my workout wear-I am a RTW 20, so if a XL is not big enough for you, it would be really small for me!

I use a lot of Jalie patterns, and Christine Jonson patterns.

I recommend getting good quality fabrics-I have had good luch with RCT fabrics (i think their website is fabricline.com), they will send samples, but they carry end runs of high end RTW fabrics.

I usually make leggings and bike shorts with a wicking top /tee.

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Date: 8/28/13 9:14 AM

Honestly, I get it from a local Family Dollar. While I am a 12-14, XL doesn't fit me either, and their 1 and 2X does (I do not like tight fitting workout clothing). Last "outfit" I bought, I paid 2.40 for the leggings and $1.20 for a shirt on clearance. I also get it at Wally world on clearance.

It's not fashionable stuff though.

Now I have a friend that works out and looks cute and gets hers from Woman Within and Roamans.

We all take a yoga class locally (or at least I did until life got in the way this summer. I'm not that worried how I look after my hiney is in the air.

Fehr Trade makes a lot of her running clothes, and may have a lot more suggestions for you.

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Date: 8/28/13 10:00 AM

This was a big pet peeve of mine when I started my weight loss & fitness journey 5 years ago -- at a 2XL or 3XL at that time, there was nothing to purchase. Even after losing over 80 lbs. I still can't buy much that actually works. My DH who was in the same men's size range (2XL) had absolutely no problem buying cycling clothes (jerseys, bike shorts, leggings, etc.) but I couldn't find anything similar for women.

In RTW, if you are a woman, it seems you have to be pretty fit before you can get the clothes to wear to workout and get fit -- doesn't really make sense.

I make a lot of my own workout clothes and rely on Jalie and Kwik Sew patterns for the most part. I use Suziplex (a wicking fabric) from Suzi Spandex a lot and really like the way it feels as well as how it wears. Have also used Supplex from both Spandex World and Spandex House. Biggest issue has been finding appropriate sports bras that provide support without over compression. Have found a Moving Comfort one that works but after taking a bra making workshop with Anne St. Clair last month I will soon be making my own sports bras and I'm sure they will be even better.

I was able to pick up some XL Heatgear shirts at Under Armour's outlet store while on holidays -- they were the semi-fitted style and they work really well. I love the heatgear stuff for hiking especially when it is humid.

I do most of my workouts at home with a DVD. I do a lot of hiking with DH. Next quest is a couple of bathing suits as I'm hoping to join the Y this fall and go to swim laps a couple of times a week over the winter.

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Date: 8/28/13 10:04 AM

Kwik Sew has or used to have great patterns for workout clothes. I find the XL in the misses, fits my size 18 body.

Jalie is another option.

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Date: 8/28/13 11:07 AM

Lucelu - I sympathize because as a size 10 petite, I usually buy large and even the odd XL and every time I have a little internal hissy fit thinking about how on earth other people find workout clothes if that is the size I need. I have a 6' tall DD who has a heck of a time finding stuff that fits.

I seem to do ok in the tops dept and can get dri fit and other wicking tops, but I do make my own yoga tights/leggings. I took apart a one seam pair that I really liked and made a basic pattern. With one pattern piece only, serger and coverstitch, I can make a pair in under an hour. To make shorts or a wider pair of pants, I slashed and spread where the side seam would be. Raised the back rise a bit to keep me covered even when teaching downward dog.

I use french terry a lot. It has some heft and I find it smooths out the lumps and bumps a bit. I also avoid any of the styles with a bright band near the hips. It accentuates the hips, which I don't mind, but also the tummy.

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Date: 8/28/13 12:06 PM

I've been every size from a 6 to an 18, and have never had problems finding workout clothes that fit me. Right now I wear a lot of Champion, and find that they run very true to size. I'm a curvy size 10 on the bottom, and their medium pants/shorts fit me really well. I usually do buy a L in their tops, because I'm a DD. Sometimes the larger bra tops don't have enough support (but sometimes the smaller ones are too snug in the band, so you do have to experiment a little. I like to buy those in person and give them the stretch test, like you would knit yardage.).

I can often find Champion at Target, but lately I've been buying from One Hanes Place. Their plus-size catalogue is Just My Size, which carries sizes up to 4x (altho' not in every item, alas).

One issue I have had is that many current styles are a little lower-waisted--which sometimes I like, for comfort... but sometimes I would prefer a little more coverage. The photos on the websites are good guides--just choose the ones where the model's belly button isn't showing!

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Date: 8/28/13 12:17 PM

If you have a good workout bra, the rest is fairly easy. Do you have a good fitted t-shirt pattern? Just make it in nice quality athletic fabric. Do you have a leggings pattern? Ditto! You can always get fancy with colorblocking and such if you want, but (aside from a supportive bra), all workout clothes have to do is stay on during said workout.

I make specialized sports tops, but that's because I can get away with an included shelf bra. For biking, I made a bunch of cute t-shirts--from regular t-shirt patterns--out of wicking fabric (I just wear a regular bra underneath). For bottoms, I made a pattern from RTW yoga pants that fit. It sounds like you don't have a well-loved pair of commercial bottoms, but there are several leggings patterns out there.

The nice thing about workout clothes is that they are pretty easy to make. No zippers, elastic waists, etc.

Rockywoods is a good source for athletic fabrics; they send generous swatches at a good price, too.

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Date: 8/28/13 12:23 PM

Not to discourage you from sewing your own, but stirwatersblue is right about the Champion line. I would need an 18 or 20 in RTW, but their XL fits me fine. Their pants have a few different fits (identified on the tag), and some are looser than others.

Best wishes for your fitness journey!

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Date: 8/28/13 12:42 PM

first of all your size isn't that large. It's average for REAL people.
That said. I also second checking out Champion they do carry larger sizes on line that are good quality.
Also, not to discourage you from making your own and you may not be large enough to shop there but Junonia (on line) carries active wear in larger sizes. A lot larger sizes. Several years ago I needed a pair of waterproof outer pants for a trip and as a size 2x it just wasn't happening. Until I found Junionia. They had several choices. I'm not affiliated in any way.
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