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Topic: Hints and tips for sewing lycra (dancewear)  (Read 2352 times)
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« on: June 08, 2008 12:21:52 AM »

I'm going to take the plunge!

Am hoping to make a catsuit/unitard type thing for my daughter from a Kwiksew pattern (probably with a few adjustments as she is so skinny!).

Anyone have any tips before I start?

I'm confused by 2 way and 4 way stretch fabric and am guessing from looking at her other dance stuff that I want 2 way?

I'm hoping to sew the whole thing on the overlock as that's how her other stuff seems to have been put together.

Pattern and overlock thread is on order and just need to choose some fabric now!  They all seem to prefer cotton lycra rather than the really shiny stuff thesedays.
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2008 01:17:24 PM »

Most dancewear I'm familiar with is 4 way stretch, just like swimsuits. 2 way is more like tees where it streches around you, but not up & down as easily.

Godspeed to your endeavors! I have 4 yars of nice heavy Lycra sitting in my drawer for a year now waiting for me to build up the courage!
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008 02:21:38 AM »

Yeah we like it subtle nowadays hehe. 4 way stretch is much more comfortable although it is possible to do it with 2 way. I sewed my skating costumes without patterns and had to deal with alot of unexpected wrinkling and tension issues which I had to adjust for with multiple fittings (but i was sewing for myself so that wasn't an issue). I'm not really sure what to expect from a commercial pattern, but I don't think it will be too hard. Goodluck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008 07:14:51 AM »

Your KwikSew pattern should be fairly easy to follow. I made a pair of cotton/lycra leggings & love them. The pattern was easy to follow & took about an hour to sew up (on a reg. sewing machine).

Good luck & have fun.

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008 10:16:27 AM »

I'd recommend investing in a teflon foot and using stretch needles instead of universal needles.  I only use Schmetz needles which have several sizes of stretch needles.  They can be ordered online if you can't find them locally.

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