Ahhh, the Bay Area & Athletic Clothes! It's the lifestyle! Athletic garments can be the most challenging & the most rewarding. Technical fabric requires technical skills. If your good at these, your good! Trust me!
I like to animate athletic clothes. I've done a number of gifs featuring action and movement sans the human body. Really fun. I've joined a couple of Technical Fabric groups (yes, there are such things!) Beacuse I wanted to learn, to understand what's possible with these fabrics. I'm so curious. It feels like the more I learn about them, the more fascinated I am with them! Every time I turn around a new fabric is being created, with salt crystals, with new stretch fibers, with heat colors, with friction support.
Technical fabrics do different things under the studio lights. It's good to get to know them very well. To see just what they will give, and what they take from the light.
I've been lucky to work for Northface, Jansport, Athleta, Gap, Old Navy, Qor, New Balance, and Adidas since moving to the Bay Area.