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Date: 12/7/12 9:08 PM

I just purchased Jalie 2920 and now want to make some leggings to wear to the gym. It's too cold to wear my gym shorts on the weight machines!

I'm not looking for the tight, shiny stuff that the aerobics teachers wear; but rather the stuff that hugs your legs and doesn't bag out too much like a cotton knit will. I'm guessing poyester/spandex percentage will be pretty high and that's OK.

Also, wondering about sources. I know there is www.SpandexWorld.com and they are pretty good. Anybody know other good sources for activewear?

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Date: 12/7/12 11:08 PM

Try also Spandex House and Stretch House -- have used both of those plus Spandex World many times.

I would recommend a nylon/spandex blend -- maybe a supplex -- I get mine from Spandex World and Spandex House. I find they hold their shape well.

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Date: 12/8/12 0:41 AM

Emma One Sock sells some great knits I have used for breeches. Very substantial and NOT shiny.

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Date: 12/8/12 9:01 AM

My daughters have leggings from Hanna Andersson that are 90/10 cotton/lycra that are very nice quality, heavy, doesn't bag and stretch horribly. I've seen some fabric places that sell that blend (Spandex House?) in solid colors, so don't discount cotton knits altogether! (I haven't purchased any, so I can't recommend a specific vendor.)

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Date: 12/8/12 11:20 AM

The key word to look for is "supplex" - this is the premium wicking Lycra for sportswear, and it breathes nicely while you sweat.

The creme de la creme of supplex is made in Canada by Suzi Spandex, and their version is called "suziplex". It is, without a doubt, the nicest fabric I have EVER run in, either fabric or anything RTW. It's so good I ran my first marathon in some a few weeks ago, with zero chafing. It's worth whatever hassle you have to go through to order from them!

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Date: 12/8/12 1:52 PM

I bought some nylon/lycra on eBay, based on the fiber content of my favorite pair of RTW yoga pants. I have been very happy with it--opaque, thick enough but not heavy, good recovery, no pilling so far. Unfortunately, the vendor doesn't have that fabric anymore. Seattle Fabrics has some for $14.75/yd, which I think is a fair price. I have no experience with them, though I think they have a good reputation. They have a sample pack of the colors for $4.00

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Date: 12/8/12 2:21 PM

Is it possible to get suziplex without going to Montreal?

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Date: 12/8/12 2:59 PM

Here are a couple other suppliers of Supplex:

Fabric Mart
Spandex House, Inc.
Spandex World, Inc.
Stretch House, Inc.

I haven't ordered or used Supplex from any of these sources. Just trying to add a few choices to the mix.



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Date: 12/8/12 3:27 PM

Would you please provide the fabric content for Suzi Spandex Supplex. Perhaps a suitable substitute could be located in the U.S.

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Date: 12/8/12 3:44 PM

Lucy - I really like French terry for yoga leggings. Now, I am not working in a hot environment, so if you are doing sweaty gym stuff it may be too warm, but I find it very comfy, thick enough to cover lumps and bumps and has lots of stretch. It takes several wears to get baggy, washes like a dream and is easy to sew. Unfortunately my very favourite was picked out of a remnant bin at a discount store, so I may never find it again

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