Member since 7/27/11
Date: 5/14/12 2:52 PM
Does anyone have a good source for bathing suit fabric. I'm going to use a Jalie pattern for a Tankini top. A relative suggested I use cotton spandex. Appreciate suggestions on where to obtain fabric for this project.
Member since 9/18/04
Date: 5/14/12 4:18 PM
I have also been looking for 4-way stretch cotton Lycra. I've collected the following links, but I have not yet purchased from any of these vendors, so I have no particular recommendation for a specific vendor.
Spandex World, cotton Lycra
Stretch House, Cotton Spandex
Spandex House, Cotton Lycra
For swim suits, you need 4-way stretch, so whatever you buy, check that the description says 4-way stretch (as opposed to 2-way).
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Date: 5/14/12 5:19 PM
I purchase from all three of these vendors regularly -- I find the service from all three to be good and they will send out swatches as well (some much faster than others -- I found Spandex World to be the slowest in sending out swatches).
I would strongly recommend that you not use most cotton spandex for a swimsuit unless you are not planning on going in the water. When wet, most cotton spandex will not hold it's shape and will stretch out which causes some issues.
I recommend a high quality nylon spandex for swimsuits -- I use 80% nylon/20% spandex for most of the swimsuits I make for my clients. Also use a good quality nylon lining. Most swimsuit patterns call for 4 way stretch -- if you know what you are doing you can make 2 way stretch work.
If you plan on wearing your swimsuit in a jacuzzi or hot tub, stay away from some of the holographic finishes -- they don't hold up.
Hope that helps.
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Member since 11/30/04
Date: 5/14/12 5:22 PM
Ditto what CM posted. Those are my two sources.
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Member since 8/16/10
Date: 5/14/12 9:07 PM
Needle Nook Fabrics-she has a whole section of swim suit fabric. some really cute stuff this year. I particularly like one that is red with small white hearts-gives me a 1940's or Marilyn Monroe thought! She also has a lot of modern patterns this year. She also teaches swim suit making classes.
Hancock's also usually has a few as well.
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Member since 2/13/11
Date: 5/14/12 9:12 PM
If you are not buying in person I would strongly suggest getting a swatch. I've done Jalie 3032 and if fits quite different with a thin, stretchy fabric than with a thicker one with less stretch.
Also, don't cheap out on your lining. The swimsuit that I like best is lined with power net that I found inthe dance section.
Member since 10/10/03
Date: 5/15/12 4:42 PM
Just got a box today from Spandex World. Very nice nylon spandex for a bathing suit and several yards of suit lining, some stretch lace for a dress insert and 2 yds of cotton spandex for a summer tank dress. I am very happy with everything. It took a week for my order to travel from NYC to TN - not the speediest but not too bad.
Member since 4/1/08
Date: 5/15/12 5:25 PM
In case anyone is interested. The results are in on my PBT prewash sampling. Info on PBT
I bought this in bulk to save money so I used nice fat 12 inch squares. I use the hot tub at the Y. To further stress my swimwear, our cold water comes into the house under an unshaded concrete driveway on the west side of our brick home. My cold water is already very warm. Come July, August and September there is no such thing as a cold water wash.
I preshrunk with hot water, cold rinse. And, what the heck dried on normal which I think runs on the hot side in my dryer.
Washing in hot water, cold rinse, air drying.
Lost 1/8 inch in one direction only on the 12 inch square.
Washing in hot water, cold rinse, drying at a temperature that is hotter than I would think of as perma-press temperature, but not towel temperature.
Lost 1/8 inch plus a hair in one direction only on 12 inch square.
Color - Is this a trick? Fabric color is nice deep navy.
No loss of color in sample that is washed and air dried.
In sample that is washed and dried (at a temperature that is really too hot) the color seems a little deeper and more saturated!!!
How could this be? I used just a small amount of detergent in the wash and filled the rinse dispenser with vinegar which would have dispensed in the first rinse. Nothing in the second rinse.
Anyway, no loss of color.
No need to have stressed the fabric with the extra shot of heat in the dryer. The drying only yielded a hairline of difference over the 12 inches.
Wished I had thought to mark the grain line before washing the samples.
I'm anxious to see how this fabric holds up to months in my notoriously unbalanced Y pool.
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