Sewing activewear

If you’re interested in sewing some activewear (or active-looking loungewear), then this is the roundup for you! I’ve rounded up some pattern options and places in NZ and Aus that you can buy activewear fabrics!

If I’ve missed a favourite pattern of yours, leave a comment! If you’re ready to get printing, email your files to hello@chchsews.com!

Leggings

Sports Bras

Tops & Tanks

  • Spruce and Saybrook Tanks from Cashmerette,102-157cm (40-62″) bust
  • Dunbar Top from Sewaholic, 76-114cm (30-45″) bust
  • Cass Top from SieMacht (free pattern), 79-177cm (31-70″) bust
  • XYT Top from Fehr Trade, 84-114cm (33-45″) bust
  • Banksia Tank from Muna and Broad, 97-162cm (38-64″) bust
  • Pika Blouson from Jalie, 53-130cm (21-51″) bust

Outerlayers

Patterns for men

Patterns for kids

Where to buy activewear fabric in NZ and Aus

In NZ
http://.nelliejoans.co.nz (fabrics for leggings, sports bras, swimwear)
https://forfabricsake.com/ (a small selection of activewear fabric)
https://www.dancefabrics.co.nz/ (fabrics for swim, sports bras and spandex)
https://www.angelfabrics.co.nz/ (fabrics for swim, sports bras and spandex)
https://marblenzfabrics.co.nz (a small selection of activewear fabric)
https://thefabricstoreonline.com/ (a variety of general fabrics)
https://www.newzealandmerinoandfabrics.com/ (merino blend fabrics)
https://www.backstreetbargains.co.nz (some ripstop and waterproof shell fabric)

In Australia
https://sewactivefabrics.com.au/
https://theremnantwarehouse.nz/fabrics/active-wear.html
https://www.wickedfabrics.com.au/performance-fabrics/
https://boodesigns.com.au/

Fabric shops in Christchurch

Looking for fabric shops in Christchurch? Wanting to know where to find fabric in Christchurch?

Whether you’re a Christchurch local or planning on visiting Christchurch, you might like to check out all the fabric stores that the city has to offer!

Here, I’ve rounded up places in the Christchurch area that you can shop for garment-making fabrics! Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments!

“The Garden at Bougival” by Berthe Morisot

The Fabric Store

https://thefabricstoreonline.com
Shop 46, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston

The Fabric Store has shops across NZ and Australia, but often you’ll find fabrics that 1 shop has that’s just at that store, so it’s well worth popping in, even if you have one closer-to-home! The remnant section is always full, and there’s always something on sale!

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

If you’re heading to the Tannery

Check out Bolt of Cloth (Marimekko & quilting cottons), Fabric House (mostly upholstery fabrics), and the Wools Yarn and Fibre (which is out the front of the local weavers and spinners guild).

Harald’s Warehouse

https://haraldsfabrics.business.site/
47 Birmingham Drive, Middleton

If you need a specific shade of ribbing (mostly poly), fire-proof high-vis fabric, cotton/poly shirtings, lining materials and wool/poly suiting, then Harald’s Fabric is probably for you! They also have upholstery and waterproof fabrics.

Vintage Wonderland

https://www.facebook.com/Vintagewonderlandnz/
179 Ferry Road, Phillipstown

A vintage store with a great selection of vintage fabrics, threads, trims, buttons and much more!

“The Garden at Bougival” by Berthe Morisot

Fabric Vision

https://fabricvision.co.nz/
39 Main North Road, Papanui

Has a variety of garment fabrics, and a selection of quilting and upholstery fabrics too. The $3, $6 and $8 special tables never leave at Fabric Vision, though they annoyingly seem to remove the labels which tell you what the fabric is before they make it to the sale tables.

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

Tom’s Emporium

https://tomsemporium.co.nz/
41 Riccarton Road, Riccarton

I lived in Christchurch for 3 years before I managed to make it here, and what I found was oodles of fabric at bargain prices (much of it still labelled from the wholesaler so you knew exactly what it was). Plenty of garment fabrics and notions, and all the brightly coloured fur or poly velvet you would ever need! Also, a large selection of quilting cottons.

“The Garden at Bougival” by Berthe Morisot

Sherazad Silks

https://www.silksnz.co.nz/
10/105 Bamford Street, Woolston

Not somewhere I’ve shopped in-person, but the website seems to suggest that they do allow it. A lovely range of silks, and perfect if you’re planning an outfit for an event.

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Bernina Christchurch Sewing Centre

https://www.berninachristchurch.co.nz/
580 Colombo Street, Christchurch

In addition to A Lot of quilting supplies and fancy sewing machines, this store has a small selection of garment fabrics.

Big Box Stores

Of course, Christchurch also has Spotlight and Lincraft stores, if that’s what you’re after!

Second-hand & Vintage Stores

Sometimes I’ve found some great fabrics at second-hand stores! Pop ‘second hand shop’ into google maps and see what’s nearby!

Outer-layer sewing

Today, I’ve put together a little roundup of outerlayers, inspired by the chilly and wet weather that we’ve had recently!

Want to know where to buy fabric in NZ?
Check out my list of online fabric shops in NZ here!

The Akerfeldt Coat from Elbe Textiles is available 132cm (52″) chest. This unlined, boxy coat has great pockets and can have a hood or collar.

The Muna and Broad Belmore Jacket
A hacked Belmore Jacket
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Leila and I have released 4 outerwear patterns together through Muna and Broad!

Check out our Shoalhaven Shacket (left), quilted Grainger Coat (right)

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The Chilton Trench from Cashmerette

Available from Size 12-28 or 102-157cm (40-62″) bust and 107-157cm (42-62″) hip with cup sizes from C – H

This lined trench can be used with wovens, wool and waterproof raincoat fabric.

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Below the Kōwhai

The Awhi Coat [pronounced ah-fee] includes hood, collar and pocket options and is fully-lined.

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The Goldstream Peacoat from Thread Theory

This classic double-breasted peacoat works both buttoned and open.

With an optional hood, and options for pockets and pocket flaps, this would make a cosy winter option!

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Grainline Studios

Both the Thayer Jacket and Cortland Trench are available in both Grainline’s standard sizing and extended sizing which goes up to a 142.2cm (56″) bust and 149.8cm (59″) hip

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

Wardrobe By Me

The Cocoon Coat from Wardrobe By Me is available up to a 110cm (43″) Bust and 116cm (42″) Hip

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Friday Pattern Co

Both the Ilford Jacket and Heather Blazer are available in FPC’s extended sizing, which goes up to a 152cm (60”) chest

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Wardrobe By Me

The Men’s Overshirt is a lumberjack-style outer shirt which is available up to a 114cm (45″) chest

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Twig & Tale

NZ-based Twig & Tale has a lot of outerwear for kids and outerwear for adults (including maternity and baby-carrying wear).

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

Patterns to check out:

The Marsha Jacket from Liam
The Mallard Coat from Sewing Revival
The Willa Wrap Coat from Jennifer Lauren Handmade
All the Coats and Jackets from StyleArc

Want more pattern ideas?

Check out this roundup of cosy sewing patterns, get ready for warmer weather with swimsuit sewing patterns, or find NZ-based pattern designers too.

Knit tops for winter layers

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The Tarlee T-Shirt from Muna and Broad

This tee comes with crewneck, turtleneck, short-sleeve and long-sleeve options. The curved back-seam makes it great for layering and while the largest size is a 162cm (64″) bust and 182cm (71.5″) hip, M&B will grade up to a larger size at no extra cost.

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

The Concord T-Shirt

This classic tee from Cashmerette comes with multiple cup-size options and is available up to a 157.5cm (62″) bust and 157.5cm (62″) hip

The Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studios

This free pattern is available up to a 142cm (56″) bust and 150cm (59″ hip) in the plus-size pattern which runs from size 14-30

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a Dunedin-based pattern designer

Check out The Bronte and The Gable knit tops. Gable (left) is available with multiple cup sizes and has been expanded up to a 156.8cm (61.5″) bust and 159.5cm (62.5″) hip.

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

The LB Pullover from Paper Theory

Designed to be made from both knit and woven fabrics, this dropped-shoulder top is available up to a 142cm (56″) bust and 146cm (57.5″) hip

Great for layering under other items that also have a relaxed fit, the Pullover comes with a crewneck and turtleneck option.

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The Fog Tee from The Fabric Store

This tee has boatneck, crewneck and a bonus turtleneck too. Available up to a149.5cm (58.7″) bust and 159.5cm (62.8″) hip, TFS will grade out to anyone who isn’t included in their sizes.

“Villa with Orange Trees, Nice” by Berthe Morisot

The Plantain Tee

This free pattern from Deer & Doe is available up to a 116cm (45.5″) bust and (48″) 122cm hip

Free sewing pattern roundup

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The Luna Tank from Helen’s Closet

This free tank is available from a 79-142cm (31-56″) bust!

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The Elemental Skirt from Sew House 7

This simple, free, knit skirt is available from a 86-165cm (34-65″) hip

I’ve made this skirt and the top above this, and blogged about them on my other blog, Broad In The Seams!

The Vera Knit Top

This free pattern from Forget-me-not-patterns is available from 73-123cm (28.5-48.5″) bust

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The Sunday V Neck from Friday Pattern Company

This free pattern is genderless and is available from a 97-150cm (34-57″) hip

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The Loden Sweater from Dressmakers’ Guild

This free sweater pattern is designed with boiled wool in mind and is available from 77-142cm bust and 85-150cm hip

Hemlock Tee

This free tee pattern from Grainline Studios is available from 81-142cm (32-56″) bust

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The Pocket Skirt from Peppermint Mag

This free skirt pattern was designed by Tara from Paper Theory and is available from 60-121cm (24-47.5″) waist and 86-146cm (34-57.5″) hip

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The Jumpsuit from Rational Dress Society

This free pattern comes in a variety of styles and fits in order to cover a lot of bodies and genders.

I’ve had more success using the size charts than using their sizing calculator, but haven’t actually made the jumpsuit yet!

Other free sewing patterns

Jalie has a free roll neck top (like a boxy turtleneck) for women and children

Peppermint Magazine has a large selection of free patterns, many of the recent ones have been designed by pattern designers Elbe Textiles, In The Folds, Paper Theory, etc.

Fibremood has the free Francis top (an elastic cuffed top)

Sie Macht has the free Cass T-Shirt

Autumn sewing from Aotearoa

It’s starting to cool down, and the leaves in Hagley park here in Christchurch are crisping up and falling down!

In anticipation of the winter months, here are a few cool-weather PDF sewing patterns from Kiwi businesses and designers!

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Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a Dunedin-based pattern designed who makes patterns with a vintage twist.

These two patterns, the Dulcie Pinafore and the Willa Wrap-Coat are available in her new Curve Size Range.

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The Shoalhaven Shacket from Muna and Broad is a cross between a shirt and a jacket and is perfect for a cozy wool jacket!

Muna and Broad makes plus size sewing patterns, and will grade patterns up to your size if their current size chart is too small to include you.

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NZ pattern company Twig & Tale has a large selection of outerwear and chilly weather clothes for adults, children and babies

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The Adeline wrap dress and top from Forget-Me-Not Patterns is a lovely option for cooler weather!

This Wellington-based pattern company has a lovely selection of patterns for women

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Make, by The Fabric Store have released two dresses (Teddy and Mabel) which are perfect for their ZQ Merino!

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The Te Aro Dress & Top from Scroop Patterns could be the perfect cool weather sweater dress!

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Trish Newbery is a NZ-based pattern designer who has some unique patterns!

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Want to get printing?

Email your PDF pattern files through to hello@chchsews.com to get started. A0 printing is $6 per sheet and A4 from $.15 per page

Sewing with fold-over elastic

You might have spotted that I’ve started stocking a selection of fold-over elastic in a few different widths.

FOE makes super-comfie undies, but it can also be used for other sewing projects!

Bras and Bralettes

Cartesian Crop from Sophie Hines is available up to 127cm bust

The Black Beauty Bra from Emerald Erin is available up to a 40G

The Banksia Bralette from Muna and Broad is available from a 97-162cm bust

The Fierce Bra from Pattern 4 Pirates is available up to a 154.2cm bust and also comes in child sizes.

Eye masks & accessories

Dyadic Eyemask from Sophie Hines uses fold-over elastic but makes the straps customisable!

The Ultimate Sleep Mask from Ohhh Lulu Lingerie uses fold-over elastic for a comfortable strap.

Velo Knit Run Bike Cap from The Last Stitch is perhaps not especially seasonal for us here in NZ right now, but might be good for cycling on chilly mornings

Camisoles & Singlets

The Go Shorties & Cami from Madeit Patterns is available up to a 112cm bust and 120cm hip

The Tropo Camisole from Tuesday Stitches is available up to a 132cm high bust and 139.5cm hip

The pattern bonus of the Julia Tank from Seamwork makes straps from fold-over elastic. The Julia is available up to a 137cm bust and 147cm hip

The Wonder Unders from Scroop Patterns bundles up an undies and camisole pattern, which is available up to 112cm bust and 137.5cm hip

Undies

The Ava High-Waisted Panties from Ohhh Lulu Lingerie are available up to a 112cm hip

The Kapunda Undies from Muna and Broad are available from a 105-182cm hip

The Median Knickers from Sophie Hines is available up to a 144cm hip

The super basic underpants from Halfmoon Atelier is available up to a 170cm hip

The Waratah Undies and Period Undies from Muna and Broad is available from a 105-182cm hip

Arccoss Undies from Sophie Hines are available up to 134cm hip

Other project ideas

You can also use fold-over elastic for swimwear (especially if you mostly swim at the beach), and for no-sew projects like hair ties. Fold-over elastic can also be used for homemade face-masks!

Summer sewing from Aotearoa

Here’s a little roundup of summer sewing patterns from Kiwi sewing pattern companies!

Check out the roundup of sewing pattern businesses run by NZers here.

The Pōhutukawa Dress from Below The Kōwhai is available from an 80-125cm (31.5-49.25″) bust and 88-133cm (34.75-52.25″) hip

Use BTKlocal for 20% off Below the Kōwhai PDF patterns until 31/3/21

The Ella Skirt from Forget Me Not Patterns is available from a 55-105cm (21.5-41.5″) waist and 83-133cm (32.5-52.5″) hip

The Pippi Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Handmade is available from a 74-126.5cm (29-49.75″) bust and 89.5-134.5cm (35-53″) hip and comes with A, B, C and D cup options.

The Chloe Pantsuit and Playsuit from Liam Patterns is available from a 76-126cm (30-49.5″) bust and 88-138cm (34.5-54″) hip but they will grade the pattern to your size if you fall outside of their current size range.

The August Skirt from Make, by The Fabric Store is available from a 57-131.5cm (22.4-51.8″) waist and 87-159.5cm (34.3-62.8″) hip and if you fall outside of their size range, they’ll grade the pattern to your size at no extra cost.

The Camille Top from Makyla Creates is available from 77-121cm (30-47.5″) bust and 87-131cm (34-51.5″) hip

The Waikerie Dress Expansion from Muna and Broad is available from 102-162cm (40-64″) bust and 105-182cm (41.5-71.5)” hip and if the size chart is too small to include you, they’ll grade the pattern up to your size at no extra cost.

The Henrietta Maria Dress & Top from Scroop Patterns is available from a 76.5-127cm (30-50″) bust and 86.5-137.5cm (34-54″) hip

The Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory is available from 80-142cm (31.5-56″) bust and 86-146cm (34-57.5″) hip

The Driftwood Blouse & Dress from Twig & Tale is available from a 76.2-130.8cm (30-51.5″) bust and 81.3-135.9cm (32-53.5″) hip

Want to get printing?

Email your PDF pattern files through to Chchsews@gmail.com to get started. A0 printing is $6 per sheet and A4 from $.15 per page

Sewing Patterns, made in Aotearoa

A lot of you expressed interest in hearing about NZ-based sewing businesses and first up in our roundup are sewing pattern businesses that are based in NZ or run by NZers!

Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any!

Below the Kōwhai
Christchurch-based BTK is a family business which makes gorgeous sewing patterns children and has recently expanded their offerings to include sewing patterns for women.

Use BTKlocal for 20% off Below the Kōwhai PDF patterns until 31/3/21

Forget-me-not Patterns

Based in Wellington, FMN makes lovely feminine patterns for women. They have a free knit top pattern for those wanting to give the company a trial before purchasing.

Jennifer Lauren Handmade

This Dunedin-based business has a strong vintage vibe and has a wide variety of frocks, tops and even a couple of patterns for men. JLH has quite a few patterns in multiple cup-sizes

Liam Patterns
This new-comer to the sewing pattern market started producing sewing patterns based on their successful RTW garments during lockdown here in NZ. If their sizes are too small to include you, they will grade the pattern up for you at no additional cost.

Little Kiwis Closet
This NZ-based business makes sewing patterns for women, men, kids and babies too. If you and your family wear a lot of knit fabric- check out Little Kiwis Closet!

Make by The Fabric Store
The Fabric Store has recently started designing and selling PDF sewing patterns! So far they have 5 patterns, including the robe pictured above. If you fall outside their size range, they will grade the pattern for you at no additional cost.

Makyla Creates
This new-to-me sewing pattern business which makes modern boho-style sewing patterns for women.

Muna and Broad
Making patterns from basically Size 12+, M&B is a 1/2 NZ run business (I know this because I’m the 1/2)! If the size chart is too small to include you, Leila will grade the pattern up for you at no additional cost.

Muse Patterns
This Wellington-based pattern company makes PDF sewing patterns for adult women and has a strong vintage vibe.

Papercut Patterns
Perhaps the most well-known NZ-based sewing pattern company, Papercut was one of the first Indie sewing pattern companies.

Paper Theory

Paper Theory is a UK-based sewing pattern company but owner Tara grew up in Dunedin! With a modern and simple silhouette, the Zadie Jumpsuit is one of their most well known patterns.

Scroop Patterns
This Wellington-based sewing pattern company has a strong historical-sewing vibe thanks to the historical sewing interest of owner & designer Leimomi of Dreamstress

Sewing Revival
Based at the top of the South Island, The Sewing Revival makes sewing patterns for women and children.

Trish Newbery
This new-to-me sewing pattern company is NZ based and has a wide variety of sewing patterns for accessories and women’s clothes.

Twig and Tale

This NZ-based pattern company makes whimsical sewing patterns for kids and a variety of patterns for adult men and women.

Sewing Swimwear

It’s heating up in Christchurch, so today we’re rounding up sewing patterns for swimwear!

A swimsuit can be a super satisfying make, which can make you feel extra-smug at the beach (or at He Puna Taimoana)!

Do you have some Tried-and-True PDF swimwear patterns that aren’t listed here? Or maybe you’ve hacked your T’n’T undies patterns for swimwear? Let us know in the comments!

The Seabright Swimmer from Friday Pattern Company is available from a 32-54″ (81-137cm) bust and 34-57 (86-145cm) hip

The Banksia Swim Expansion from Muna and Broad is available from 38-64″ (97-162cm) bust and 41.5-71.5″ (105-182cm) hip

The Ipswich Swimsuit from Cashmerette comes with cup size options and is available up to a 62″ hip

The Riri from Mimi G is available up to a 47″ bust and 49″ hip

The Beckham Swim Trunks from Sew Sew Def would look great sewn up in these non-stretch swimwear fabrics from The Fabric Store

The Laminaria Swimsuit from Tuesday Stitches is available from a 32-52″ high bust (81.5-132cm) and 35-55″ hip (89-139.5cm)

This Bikini Sewing Pattern from ShaktiSwim is available from a 33-41″ (84-104cm) bust

The Zoe Long-Sleeve Front-Zip Swimsuit from Jalie is available up to a 51″ bust and 54″ hip and the pattern bundles girl child, adult woman and plus-size woman sizes into the one pattern

These Boardshorts for Boys and Men from Jalie bundle both size ranges into 1 PDF pattern!

Sewing Patterns for kids?

In addition to the Jalie patterns above, which bundle the kid and adult sizes together- swimwear for kids can also be found at:

The Sewing Revival, a NZ-based pattern company, has swimwear for kids
Peekaboo Patterns has a wide selection of sewing patterns for kids.
Blank Slate Patterns has a couple of options for kids swimwear
Rebecca Page has options for women and girls

Where to shop swimwear fabric in NZ?

Nellie Joans

Fabric Box

The Fabric Store Online

Backstreet Bargains

For Fabrics Sake

Angel Fabrics & Accessories

Any Nylon Spandex will be suitable for swimwear, and you can source chlorine resistant fabric if you’ll be doing most of your swimming in chlorine, but you can also use standard elastic (which is a bit easier to sew with and cheaper to buy too).

Want to get printing?

Email your PDF pattern files through to Chchsews@gmail.com to get started. A0 printing is $6 per sheet and A4 from $.15 per page