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Threads In Motion with Founder and Designer, Colleen Elston, has been creating custom athletic wear since 1990. Skilled craftmanship, design and use of high quality materials and embellishments has garnered recognition from many athletes and their coaches as a most sought after designer.

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. 

The opportunity to teach and share her knowledge in design, pattern making and construction has opened another avenue for Colleen to explore!


Is an idea for your design.  Which is the foundation of your garment. This can start with a fabric or an image that catches your eye. I usually begin here whether for myself or a client. Knowing the end purpose for the garment is important in the designing stage. I like to create a Mood board if I’m planning on doing more than one garment or a collection.

Fabric selection

 Is critical to be sure to match the design and expectations for the garment. This is particularly important in active wear or competitive designs. It doesn’t matter the quality or how much a fabric catches your eye, if it doesn’t allow the movement you need when sewn it isn’t going to work. Woven or stretch, weight, quality, pattern size and orientation are all things to look at closely. I like to know how a fabric will stand up to laundering or dry cleaning!

Accuracy in measuring     

 Is so important! This is best done in tight fitting tank and leggings, in front of a mirror and where possible a helper to measure the areas that are hard to reach. I start by tying a ribbon around the waist, keeping it parallel to the floor. Standing straight and tall, keep your eyes focused ahead. It’s helpful to mark the side of the body from waist to hip with a vertical line using either chalk or tape. This way you can measure the front or back from side to side with more accuracy. The key word in measuring is ACCURACY!

Pattern Drafting

      Once your measurements have been accurately recorded the pattern can be drafted! Whether starting from scratch or working from a commercial pattern it is necessary to compare your measurements to the flat pattern pieces, adjusting the pattern where required. A good clear ruler, French curve and sharp pencil with eraser. Depending on the garment a certain amount of ease will need to be added or taken away (Negative ease).

Now it’s time to cut out the garment! If this pattern is going to be used more than once or for a group, it’s a good idea to make a muslin or sample to be sure of the performance of the fabric in the design.


  Is where it all comes together. How the design works with the fabric and how well the pattern fits will be apparent at this point. Any changes or adjustments need to be recorded and made to the flat pattern.  After all the changes, a second fitting is done.   


         Is when the garment is checked for threads, pressing and any embellishments are added to make the garment stand out! Once everything is completed it’s time to wear the garment with pride!!

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  job”.


Threads In Motion Quality Services

The greatest amount of care and attention to fit and comfort has always gone into every garment. In order to ensure that I have been able to meet those need’s, accurate measurements are essential. Each piece is sewn with performance in mind and a great deal of care in the construction. Customer satisfaction is the major goal.

Threads In Motion Collections




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



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