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Topic: Query: Sewing Pattern - Material Requirement  (Read 849 times)
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« on: March 31, 2013 05:10:24 AM »

My sewing pattern calls for "two-way stretch" material with the greatest stretch on the crosswise grain. I have accidentally acquired four-way stretch material instead.
Can I still use this material for the project? Will there potentially be problems with fitting?

The material is nylon-Lycra and will be employed in leggings and a leotard.
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013 11:04:23 PM »

four way?Huh? Cheesy
As I understand it, there are only two directions to stretch: the length of the fabric and the width of the fabric. 
To stretch three ways would require the fabric to get thicker. 
Stretching four ways would expand time and possibly rip our universe apart.

If you decide you actually have 2-way stretch fabric, it should be fine.
3-way stretch will make you look fat, don't use it.
If, indeed, you have 4-way stretch fabric, please destroy it and save the universe.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013 04:55:23 AM »

I think two way stretch is where the stretch is 'left-right' and little to no stretch up-down.
Four way stretch, stretches left-right and up-down.

I think you may have a change in the drape with the stretch from up-down.

But as your outcome is for leggings and a leotard you shouldn't have a lot of trouble. Just take it slowly so you don't stretch where you don't want it to.
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