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Threads In Motion with Designer, Colleen Elston, has been creating custom athletic wear since 1990. Quality of workmanship, design and use of superior quality materials and embellishments has garnered recognition from many athletes and their coaches as the most sought after designer in Canada.

A true artist, Colleen began this journey as an experiment in design and textiles which soon developed into a passion for the creation of exquisite and unique pieces. Initially, the focus was on dance and baton wear but has since expanded to swimwear, skating, gymnastics and fitness wear. We are only limited by YOUR imagination.

Step 1: Fine Tailoring with 25+ years of experience

Great care in the construction of your outfit is our commitment. Colleen has mastered the technique of working with both stretch and non stretch fabrics. With a broad background in tailoring and embellishing you can be assured that each garment from Threads in Motion is of the highest quality.

Step 2: Choose your fabric

Each of our designs has specially selected fabrics chosen specifically for that particular design. We would be pleased to discuss additional requests. We take pride in choosing the highest quality fabrics from our Canadian suppliers and sources.

Step 3: Measure for fitting

Because fit is one of the key features with Threads in Motion, accurate measurements are extremely important. Each piece  is made exclusively to your measurements for a customized fit. Please follow the measurement chart carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding measuring don’t hesitate to contact us.

Step 4: Determine the style

There are many to choose from, whether you are performing on ice or in a gymnasium. Start by choosing a basic piece from our collection of Baton and Skating wear. Next pick the fabric and colour.

Step 5: Personalize it Make it Yours

Pick from the available choices of unique design and appliqué work. Some styles will have the option of adding sleeves or a skirt. Rhinestones are available by request at an additional cost. Custom designs are always welcome. Please email your request along with design idea, photo or sketch.

Step 6: Finally

Your order will be shipped to you within 3-6 weeks unless otherwise noted. Contact us if rush order is required. Additional fees may apply.

Meet Colleen Elston


I have had a needle and thread in my hands since I was 5. When my grandmother guided me through that first project, her words to me were:  “If you can wear it inside out, you have done a good enough job”.


Threads In Motion Quality Services


All outfits are made with the greatest amount of care and attention to fit and comfort. In order to ensure that we are able to meet those need’s, accurate measurements are essential. Every piece is sewn with performance in mind and a great deal of care in the construction. Your satisfaction is our major goal.

Threads In Motion Collections



From The Beginning

June 2nd, 2016|1 Comment

From the beginning Threads in Motion put the definition of create into every piece "To produce through artistic or imaginative efforts Create and Inspire To make your own" Fifteen thousand costumes have been created by Threads in Motion over the last 26 years! [...]



Colleen brought our visions to life, knowing our wants and needs even before we could articulate what that was. She pays special attention to every detail, accommodating our every request. Compassionate and understanding, Colleen ensures the dress is one less thing we have to worry about on competition day.
Karen Shepherdly
Colleen is a highly proficient seamstress and her costumes are always of extremely high quality
Stormi Dixon, Camaros Baton
I have been purchasing Colleen’s costumes, for my daughters, for 4 years now. I am always fully satisfied with the finished product, with regards to both appearance and craftsmanship. And since they are designed specifically for them, the fit is always perfect. My girls feel confident in Colleen’s costumes and receive many compliments on them. To top it off, I find Colleen’s services to be very affordable.
Suzanne Lavallee, Camaros Baton
Colleen Elston thank you for making me all of those awesome bathing suits and gowns for so many weird and wonderful events of mine. And of course the awesome baton costumes too!
Lynne Kushnirenko


We can help you in any project



We are located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Available by appointment only at the studio!