Need help with making pro wrestling gear

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I have been a pro wrestler for the past 10 years and have decided
rather than relying on others to make my gear (costumes) for me, I
would like to make my own. I have done research on the internet
concerning sewing lyrca/spandex, stretch velvet. Most of the
information pertains to costuming, swimwear and dancewear. I understand
that to do this correctly, a serger should be used for the seams and a
zig zag stitch for everywhere else. I was going to just buy Brother
sewing machine and serger for Wal-Mart. I am having difficulty in
finding patterns for singlets sometimes referred to as unitards.
QwickSew seems to be the only one that has patterns for lycra tank
tops, bike shorts, tights etc. I guess you could piece together the
tank top and bike shorts and make a singlet pattern. I have also read I
could trace my existing gear and make patterns out of that. Getting the
people that make this type of gear/costumes to talk to you about how to
do it is near impossible as their is a huge call for the stuff and few
people that make QUALITY gear. So they aren't ready to give up any
secrets of where they get their material or how they work their magic.
The best gearmaker in the world has an 11 month wait to have anything
made. I would much rather be able to make my own creations so they fit
perfect and look exaclty like I want them too rather than wait months
to get something that doesn't fit or isn't exactly as I wanted. So I
guess I am looking to those that know sewing to answer what machines I
need and wear I can get patterns. Also are there any place to be taught
or books that show you how to sew this type of garment? Most
seamstresses I have asked that can make wedding gowns and anything else
won't even consider making me any gear. They take a look at what I have
now and say they couldn't do it so now I want to give it a try. If
anyone needs examples of what I am looking to make, I can post various
websites for gearmakers. Thanks in advance for any help.

Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
I've made two singlets for my son because we couldn't find anything that he
wanted ready made.  I also could not find a pattern.  I ended up tracing one
that fit him and then adding the seam allowances.  It worked pretty well
because they are a very basic shape.  Yes, it is better to use  a serger.
You might check out, they might have something you could use.
I agree about finding a seamstress, unless you could find one that does
skating costumes.  I think there would be a lot of similarities.  Good luck.


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Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
Thanks Cathi.

I think I am going to buy the qwik sew patterns but also trace my
current singlet and make a pattern out of it since it is already fit to
me. Right now, I just want to make things for myself not others.

Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
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Check out Penny Schwinn's company, Speciality Outdoors. She makes
custom garments for outdoor pursuits, including cycling, so she's used
to handling stretch fabrics.

She has a page of hints,
but you may find it easier to talk to her about getting her to make
your garments - she's pretty knowledgeable. The skill set you'll need
won't be acquired overnight and you may be better off, in the long
run, spending your money with Penny rather than Wal-Mart.

Before you buy a machine, there's an FAQ at

NAYY, but I'm in awe of Penny's knowledge of speciality fabrics.

Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
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Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
I really don't want to rely on someone else to make my gear for me
anymore so having Penny make it would be no different than having
someone who only makes professional wrestling gear do it. I have talked
to several people that sew alot and they told me that it won't be as
hard as I think and that they can help me. They thought finding the
fabric would be hard but that is the easy part. I was told I don't need
a serger unless I plan on making alot of gear and that it is easier to
learn on a sewing machines. I was also told how to create my own
patterns from existing gear I have so I should be in good shape. Now
all I need to do is get the basics I need, get some material and good
thread (Guutermann) and it is a matter of trial and error and
practicing. Like I said, for now I just want to make stuff for myself
and not for the everyone in the wrestling business.

Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
Seth wrote:
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Penny is  willing to help someone who wants to make gear for themselves.
Don't be afraid to ask her for guidance. As Sally has said she's is a
fount of knowledge.

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Well I guess I will make my own patterns for the time being and get a
book as well as help from local people on making and sewing the
garment. There are 2 experienced people that are willing to help teach
me. Right now, I am only going to make singlets and possible a nice
ring robe. Maybe down the road I can get into other designs of gear but
for now I will try and keep it as simple as possible. I may also pick
up a book on sewing stretch fabrics and go from there.

Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
Seth wrote:
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Make sure the fabric you buy is of a sufficiently good quality that you
will be happy with the results.

liz young

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Most gear makers use the jumbo spandex, stretch velvet, and PVC stretch
material. Some of the older gear makers use only 100% Heavyweight
Nylon. I have also used 100% Polyester to have masks made since it is
softer than Nylon. I only use that material when I want it to have a
dull finish without a sheen. I normally purchase the material from a
contact I have then send it to the mask or gear maker and have them
make the garment for me. They tell me they have no idea where I am
getting it that material from and often want to know. I told them I
would trade my secret for their secrets on making gear. Still no offers
ha ha!

Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
Kwik-Sew's Swim and Action Wear by Kerstin Martnesson has good information
on sewing with stretch material and adjusting patterns for fitted exercise
garments.  Of course the patterns are sized for women, but this information
plus your existing gear as a pattern should be good.

The most important thing to keep in mind while sewing stretch fabrics it to
make sure you are not stretching the material as you sew.  Use some scraps
of material and practice.  If the seam looks wavy, one or both layers got
stretched as you sewed the seam.


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Re: Need help with making pro wrestling gear
seventhtribe had written this in response to
Hey if anyone is looking for a custom designed wrestling gear, check
out MARTIN Wear. I think the website is and they
work here in the states, but they send all their stuff out to Mexico
to be handstitched and custom worked. Really cool stuff, my brother
got his gear through them and its great material. Check them out,
their prices are good and they really will work with you, they really
know their stuff.

Seth wrote:

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