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Ooops, accidentally bought 2 way stretch fabric.
For a gymnastics leotard.
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Date: 5/31/12 4:13 PM

I ordered some fabric yesterday from Spandex House, then realized too late that it was not tagged as 4 way stretch. Another website had the same fabric, and it is definitely 2 way stretch with only 10% lycra content.

It is very pretty however, and my daughter wanted this exact color, so I want to still use it. Would cutting the pattern out on the bias help? Going up one size on the pattern? Or both?

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Date: 5/31/12 4:34 PM

I had one or two leotards made with 2-way stretch fabrics when I was a gymnast, and I can't say it worked out very well. There are few things more uncomfortable than a leotard that's not stretchy enough - it cuts into you with every backbend. I ended up just never wearing those particular leotards.

There's a big difference between how much length you need to move properly in a leotard vs. standing still, so I suspect that if you added enough length for comfort it'd end up looking baggy. If you really love the fabric, I would suggest using it as an accent on a leotard made of stretchier fabric.

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Date: 5/31/12 5:09 PM

I gotta concur with argiope...2-way stretch isn't going to work well. What about using it for a warm-up hoodie jacket for DD? Worn over black 4-way stretch leotard?


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Date: 5/31/12 5:57 PM

Don't do it, she'll end up with an endless series of wedgies....

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Date: 5/31/12 7:18 PM

As someone who designs and sews leotards, skating costumes, swimsuits, dance costumes, etc. -- I concur with those who have posted previously. You will not be able to get a properly fitting athletic garment from 2 way stretch fabric if you use it for the whole garment particularly when that is a one piece garment -- by the time you get the length you need to be able to move properly, it will be baggy and unattractive.

Use the 2 way stretch fabric as trim, for small appliques, for a small portion of the leotard or as a shrug to keep warm between events, etc. but save yourself the hassle and don't even bother trying to do an entire leotard from it.

BTW is it 90% poly/10% spandex?


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Date: 5/31/12 9:20 PM

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BTW is it 90% poly/10% spandex?






Yes, it is. Does that matter?

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Date: 5/31/12 9:26 PM

Thanks for all advice to NOT use the fabric in a leotard I would hate for my daughter to wear it once and never again. That is why I got into making leos in the first place - those pricey but uncomfortable GK leos that only got worn once!

Using it for a hoodie is a great idea. She has outgrown the one she had this past season. Can anyone recommend a favorite pattern?



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Date: 6/1/12 1:13 AM

I was just curious -- most 2 ways are poly/spandex blend.

I'm sure you'll find something to use it for.

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Date: 6/1/12 11:36 AM

I had some once and noticed that the bias stretch was more 4-way, but only 20% stretch instead of the 50% I needed. I went 2 sizes and cut the pieces on the bias with good results.

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Date: 6/1/12 5:55 PM

That is pretty, maybe entice her to be a figure skater then you can use that as the skirt portion of a dress!

I've used 2way stretch with success by: using it as a skirt, using it as applique, putting in places where 4 way is not required and by cutting up the pattern. The first two are self-explanatory. The third means that you have to mix the fabric with a 4 way stretch and make parts of the garment stretchy and others not stretchy. Using it as a ruched bodice for example. Or having stretch mesh inserts in crucial places, like midriff and shoulders. The last, is more difficult. It's like stretchblocking instead of color blocking and means having more seamlines, and done in a way that lets fabric stretch where it needs to. Think of a princess seam leo. The centre panel is going to be up down stretch, but the side panels will be side to side stretch.

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