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Date: 10/22/08 10:09 AM

This might sound a little crazy, but at $84.00 a piece for spanx, I was wondering if anyone had thought about making their own shapewear. In particular, I have a shapewear camisole, and have just ordered a mid thigh length bodysuit from SPANX. It just doesn't seem like it would be all that difficult to figure out how to trace off a pattern, but I guess the fabric would make the difference.

Does anyone know a source for these types of lycra fabrics?

Thanks!!!

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Date: 10/22/08 11:00 AM

I recently got the OOP Kwik Sew 2152 pattern that has a "bike short" length shapewear as well as a brief. I just haven't figured out what fabric to make them in. It says on the pattern envelope "lt weight power net, swimsuit fabric, Power net Stretch lace, fabrics with spandex or Lycra". I think I am going to try it out of the swimsuit fabric. A really stretchy wicking fabric would be nice--if I could find such a thing!
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Date: 10/22/08 11:12 AM

Thanks... I just took a look at the Jalie site, and they have a thigh shaper and waist cincher, but I think I'll wait until I get my Spanx. Maybe I could just trace off a pattern from it and figure it out. I think sew sassy and maybe even spandex house may have some fabrics to try...I'll have to do a google for lycra fabric.

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Date: 10/22/08 12:48 PM

Sew Sassy has some fabrics that are perfect for shapewear. I have the Jalie pattern for shapers and keep forgetting to order the fabric. Thanks for reminding me.

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Date: 10/22/08 1:07 PM

Associated Fabrics Corp in NYC has it as well, they sell Body Stretch and Power Stretch, which are the heavy duty body shaper fabrics used in dance and threatrial costumes. Body Stretch could be used be for the shapewear garment, and the compression panels could be in Power Stretch.

They have really good prices too!

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Date: 10/22/08 1:15 PM

Thank you! I also ordered a small sampling of of powernet and spandex fabrics from spandex house, to see if any of those fabrics are similar to the spanx fabric.

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Date: 11/4/10 2:52 PM

I recently purchased the Jalie pattern. Did you make your brief?
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Date: 11/4/10 2:53 PM

Did you make your shapewear? I am trying to locate this OOP pattern from Kwik Sew. If you did make your shapewear, please share the results.

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Date: 11/5/10 11:20 PM

I really like fabricdepotco.com The higher the spandex content, the more it holds in. They have great grab bags with power net, tricot, etc.
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Date: 11/6/10 0:57 AM

Not an answer to your question but I bought Spanx on sale on a website called RueLaLa. Shapewear is on sale on this site pretty often. They even had plus size! I had been contemplating making them and was so relieved to find a good price. Good luck.

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