The Sundance Jacket Sewing Pattern by Grenstyle Creations is the best activewear zip-up sewing pattern for sewing activewear.
Why I Love the GSC Sundance Jacket
In my opinion, it is the best Lululemon jacket sewing pattern dupe out there. The front of the jacket’s design is a traditional athletic zip up while the back is similar to Lululemon’s infamous omega-style. There is also a cute optional pleated panel for the lower half of the jacket back!
Sewing My Sundance Jacket
In my opinion, the Sundance Jacket pattern is a bit more for the brave intermediate/advanced sewer. Sewing knits and zippers is a struggle for me, so this was definitely a challenge! The instructions were pretty easy to follow, and thankfully GSC has a private Facebook group for pattern support. I was able to direct my questions when I needed help on a step in the sewing process. To be honest, I did have a few mistakes. Those were mostly due to my lack of attention to detail and not the pattern!
My jacket was made using a Deluxe Supplex knit fabric from Greenstyle Creation’s Fabric Shop. It’s buttery soft and is the perfect weight for this jacket. I also used this fabric to make my last pair of leggings and highly recommend it for activewear.
My Must-Have Feature
A feature of this jacket that I did not forego was cuffs with thumb holes! Thumb holes are a requirement for all my activewear jackets, so of course I added them in. They were not difficult to sew at all. The cuff is sewn on traditionally and to close up the thumb holes all it took was a bit of hand sewing!
Lessons Learned in Sewing My Sundance Jacket
In the future, I will definitely take the shoulders up and bring in the shoulder width. The back of my jacket ended up being a bit loose, which is good for mobility but I prefer my zip-ups to be more tight fitted. When I move my arms up and down, my jacket doesn’t recover and stays bunched up. Next time I will be sure to make a muslin, which is a step I always manage to talk myself out of doing.
Regardless of the fit issues, I really enjoyed the challenge of making this jacket. I hope to make it again soon! I also hope to share a pair of Greenstyle Creations Tempo Tights in the near future. Gotta use up my fabric scraps!
7/4/20 – Alterations Update!
I ended up taking the back of my jacket in for a better fit. I took the jacket in at the center back seam and adjusted in a way so that I did not have to rip the seams at the neck and lower panel. The alterations were worth it and the jacket fits so much better!
If you want to see more activewear I’ve sewn, check out my Greenstyle Creations Moto-Style Inspire Tights.