Not so long ago, activewear sewing patterns for women were limited to some 1980s leotards and the ubiquitous one-pattern-piece legging. Thankfully that has all changed and there is a wide range of patterns for many shapes and sizes now available (check out some of my previous posts!)
Men's activewear patterns, on the other hand, are still in their infancy. However, if you know where to look, there are some real treasures around. Read on to find out more!
The Lightspeed Leggings are a classic men's tights pattern, with bike short and full length options and of course a pocket! Front/back panels and no side seams these a super-comfortable option for men.
The Surf to Summit top is a multipurpose and multi-option pattern designed for men. Add a half-zip, thumb cuffs, back pocket and cycling hem, all available with this pattern, to make this the perfect top!
Both patterns are available as PDF patterns from Fehrtrade.com and come in XXS – XL sizes.
Greenstyle's Mandex tights are a basic single-pattern-piece tight with elastic waist. Easy to adjust, this PDF pattern is available in sizes S-XXXL.
Greenstyle also offer a raglan-sleeve pullover (The Hudson), boxer briefs (the Walbrook), boardshorts (the Hampton) and rumours indicate that the Brassie Joggers can also be hacked into a men's pattern!
Activewear pattern leaders Jalie are of course performing brilliantly in the menswear department. Underwear, outerwear, polos, skating pants – Jalie has all bases covered! One of the things I love about Jalie patterns is the size range – most of their patterns will include sizes for youth all the way up to adult. So, you get a lot of pattern 'bang' for your buck!
A classic pattern in the range is the cycling jersey #2216. This multi-option pattern includes a pair of tights in short or full length, and a jersey with several variations. A great starter pattern for a cyclist!
For basics, there's the Frederic Hoodie, the Nico Raglan, boardshorts, t-shirts and sweaters, among others. (Not to mention socks and jocks!)
A whole range of sports are covered by Jalie, from golf to gymnastics to triathlon. Well worth checking out if you are a sewing sportsman, or know a sportsman you would like to sew for! Patterns are available as PDF and some also as paper patterns, all in sizes Boys Age 2 to Mens 22.
Unicose Patterns once again leaps to the fore with dozens of menswear patterns. Literally, dozens! I'll only list a few here – check out my Pinterest board for a more curated selection, or head straight over to Unicose to have a browse!
One pattern that's a little more uncommon is this shorts-with-built-in-undies number.
There's also a couple of different designs of running shorts, like these flared ones.
I was quite taken with some of the really fun-looking casual pants:
It would be hard to decide which panelled tee to choose – I certainly found it hard to narrow it down to this classic raglan polo:
Unicose patterns are available as PDF downloads and paper patterns, in sizes XS to 4XL. It appears paper patterns are available in some South American countries, too. They also seem to offer a sublimation pattern service, where you can submit your artwork and have the pattern setup with the design laid out to your specs.
Moving on to some of the smaller indie designers, there's probably more mens activewear out there than you might think!
Wardrobe By Me
There's quite a few great basics here, including a zip-up fleece jacket with collar/hood variations, and a very handy chest pocket which I now want to add to my next jacket make! This jacket has a slightly dropped back hem, which could be useful for cycling.
There's also a classic polo, sweat pants and a couple of hoodies, as well as basics like a raglan tee and a tank top. Patterns are PDF download and sizes range from 2XS – 3XL.
A nice range of men's tops available here, at great pattern prices too. Any of these tops could be made up in sports fabrics for comfortable workouts.
These PDF patterns range from XS- XXL, with height variations included (short/regular/tall).
The Wolf and the Tree
The men's 'Athletic Fit' daily tee looks like a winner to me, especially as it's available in two size ranges – S-XL and XLT-4XLT.
Oh, and I'm totally loving the Going Rogue socks which have ALL the variations!
Ellie & Mac
Perhaps better known for their children's and women's patterns, Ellie & Mac have a couple of PDF menswear patterns which would work for activewear.
New Horizons Designs
I love the Elevation Hoodie! Not only would it be a great scrap-buster with those diagonal seams, but it is available in men's and boy's sizes (as well as women's and girl’s – why not get the bundle!!)
Toby K. Patterns
The River Joggers from Toby K. are a fun, modern sweatpant with reinforced knees – another scrap-buster opportunity. Available in teen and adult sizes in the one PDF download.
There's also a couple of tee-shirt and sweater/hoodie options available – I'm quite partial to the asymmetric zipper on the Kodiak sweater.
Thread Theory has a reputation for well-drafted menswear patterns, and while not specifically for activewear the Strathcona Henley is a wardrobe staple that would work well in a sports fabric. Also, the Arrowsmith undershirt is a free PDF pattern for a tank top. You'll also find several other Indie menswear patterns available from the Thread Theory site (some PDF's and some paper patterns), so you could almost do all your menswear shopping in one handy place!
The Harrington shorts are a vintage-inspired boardshort with elastic waist and mesh-line pockets, while the Eugene Henley is a wardrobe staple, good for almost any activity!
Available as PDF download in sizes XS-2XL.
With side panels and a fun wavey seam at the front, the Eddie tank is a good basic with some interesting details. PDF Download in sizes C-P.
Made by Runi
Norwegian pattern designer MadeByRuni has some truly unique patterns! I immediately liked the Go Vest with its deep collar or hood variation. You can also purchase the hood/collar pattern as an add-on to suit this raglan tee.
Printed and PDF patterns in sizes S-4XL.
Also worth a look
Peekaboo Patterns has a good range of menswear, although I was quite taken with the design lines on the Alpental Pullover and it's cozy deep collar. (PDF download, XS-XXXL).
Makerist has a number of menswear patterns, although you do have dig a little to find them. The Rigoletto Jumpsuit might be stretching the definition of activewear, but I couldn't resist mentioning it here! There's even a Fisherman's Vest pattern. There are several coat patterns too, which are worth checking out. And an honorable mention to this neckwarmer pattern.
Vogue Patterns offer a total of 21 patterns for men. Total. I mean, not activewear patterns, that's all their menswear patterns. That's pretty average, Vogue. Likewise, the Butterick menswear collection consists of 18 patterns. Eighteen. Wow.
On the other hand, McCalls M7668 is a pretty good activewear combo pattern for men. Hoodie, shorts and leggings (and the leggings even have a gusset!). There's also M7486 with raglan tee and hoodie, and jogger-style pants.
Simplicity, New Look And Burdastyle: S8705 offers a half-zip pullover and elastic waist pants/shorts; from Burdastyle we have a hoodie and jogger pants; and from New Look... nothing, apparently.
KwikSew has most of the basics covered, though. K3029 is a dancewear pattern consisting of leotard, tee-shirt and yoga-style pants. K4258 includes elastic shorts and a tee with color-blocking options on the sleeve. There's also a couple of variations of hoodies and zipped jackets.
Burdastyle's printed pattern range (above) might be a little lacking, but their magazine pattern library has a couple to offer. An outdoorsy hooded jacket; a fleecy jacket and a puffy one. A polo shirt is a good addition to the gentleman's pattern library, and these swim shorts feature an in-built brief.
Patrones doesn't seem to have men's patterns at all, unfortunately.
Don't miss LoveSewingMag's free GBSB t-shirt pattern.
Ottobre 7/2018 'Family' issue features an athleisure collection, and the 7/2017 issue has a nice Henley-style shirt and a pair of undershorts.
La Maison Victor's Chess Sweater is currently available online, although I know the magazine has featured a few menswear patterns in the print editions.
Knipmode has a nice range of menswear, such as shorts, t-shirts, jogger pants and hoodies.
SewSewDef (by MimiG Style) offers The Kanye, a short-sleeved hoodie with kangaroo pockets. The Beckham boardshorts are also worth a look! SewSewDef patterns are a digital download, and can be purchased individually - or download the magazines to get all the other patterns as well!
Seamly – draft your own menswear pattern with the Seamly pattern design software!
Formpatternshop on Etsy offers an interesting fishtail parka pattern for men.
True Bias Hudson Pants get lots of great reviews!
At time of writing, DIBY Club's Abb tee was a free download!
This Burdastyle hoodie is actually a knitting pattern, but at time of writing it was priced at only 99c.
Edit August 2019
Thanks to one of my readers I've added a couple more men's patterns below!
Finnish company Shelby Outdoors offers several patterns in both English and Finnish versions. The Abisko Jacket for men can be made in a variety of fabrics for different outdoor applications and has several handy variations (the underarm zipper being an interesting option!)
There's also the Korouma Pant, and all-season hiking pant with multiple pockets and a shaped knee.
Shelby patterns are a PDF download on A3 size paper, available in either Finnish or English, sizes XS to XXL. Shelby also stock a range of outdoor fabrics and sewing supplies, including some outdoor-specific items that might be difficult to source elsewhere, like Kevlar fabric!
Also with a focus on outdoor gear, Green Pepper have a great selection of menswear sewing patterns, ranging from gaiters to snow jackets.
There's also several hoodie patterns, not to mention all the jackets and outdoor pants patterns – and a ton of hat, mitten and slipper patterns as well.
Size range differs depending on the pattern. Patterns appear to be available as printed hard copies only, and shipping seems to be limited to the US. However, Green Pepper patterns are also available from the McCalls website and from some other online retailers who do ship internationally.
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern roundup, and maybe discovered a few patterns or designers you hadn't heard of before. And if you do know of any other mens activewear patterns, please let me know in the comments below!