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Date: 5/22/13 7:21 PM

Hello,

I want to make a bodycon dress out of stretchy cotton. I want the material to be somewhat thick. I am trying to decide between these two fabric options;

95% cotton 5% lycra 9oz

or

90% cotton 10% lycra 12oz



I am wondering if 12 oz is too heavy for a dress?




Thank you,

Sarah

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Date: 5/22/13 8:59 PM

What exactly is a bodycon dress?

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Date: 5/22/13 11:04 PM

It refers to a body-contouring dress. A tight dress made out of stretchy fabric.

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Date: 5/22/13 11:39 PM

Here is a good example:

ASOS Mini Body-Conscious Dress With Short Sleeves

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Date: 5/23/13 1:05 AM

You will need to be aware of the "recovery" of your fabric if you are looking for a tight dress that forms to your body.

I would be concerned that the high cotton content in each of the fabrics you listed may result in poor recovery which will leave you with a "baggy/saggy" dress after wearing it for a short period of time.



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Date: 5/23/13 7:47 PM

Thats a good point. Maybe thats why there arent a lot of bodycon dresses made with cotton out there. Too bad it would much more comfortable! You would think with 10% lycra, that would be enough!

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Date: 5/24/13 4:38 PM

The fabric in the dress chica linked has the following content: Gray: 50% Polyester 46% Cotton, 4% Elastane
Black & Blue: 48% Cotton, 48% Modal, 4% Elastane

So it does seem like you need less cotton in the mix.
-- Edited on 5/24/13 4:38 PM --

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Date: 5/24/13 5:49 PM

I will make and wear a more body con dress every so often and do try them on in the stores too, and cotton/lycra knit is fine for that as long as it stretches both up and down and cross wise enough. Sometimes cotton/lycra is I think way better for that, than nylon/polyester and lycra, just because the cotton part of it breaths and is more comfortable. The kind of cotton knit with lycra in it though, you want for that, is something more like the same they would use in a tight fitting T shirt or leotard or even a cotton/lycra knit swim suit.

So the cotton /lycra knit kind of fabric as just a textile is fine for that, and is not ruled out at all, and works just fine, if you are in front of the bolt of fabric and have it in your hand and can feel it and stretch it, and see it with your own eyes first. I think the problem is mostly just internet shopping and buying off some computer screen over the internet by just only those text descriptions for it instead.

But anyway's if you got someplace to buy some in person where you can do that instead, I say go for it, and it will work out fine. Stop by the department stores first though, and try some on made of the same kind of stuff, (as they are there) and see what they feel like to you, then just match that same kind of fabric at a real brick and mortar fabric store instead, and I think you really can't go too wrong, as then it won't be an internet problem fabric shopping issue at all either.

It's hard to describe fabric and get a feel for it, just by text on a computer screen , and where ever you got that text from, just probably took it from some factory in China where it was made, and then sold to them. And I really don't think "95% cotton 5% lycra 9oz or 90% cotton 10% lycra 12oz, even means all that much to us sewers. I think for it to have some meaning or more meaning, they would need to have it as a picture held in someones hands and stretched out, along the top of a ruler instead. And then also say something more like 10% stretch across or 35% percent stretch and or whatever. That is how people actually visualize stuff instead. so I don't even think the exact Lycra content even always determines the amount of stretch at all either, though you would think more might be more often. But depending on the knit not always maybe. Also I don't think listings something like 9oz v.s. 12 oz would mean very much to any sewers actually anyplace either, so that is kind of useless. An ounce for what, square inches of fabric, a yard of fabric, what would be the measurement for that there, if they don't tell you it could be anything. I also think Lycra must weigh a lot more and is much more dense than cotton, so because of that, I think any ounce measurement there is pretty useless too actually.
-- Edited on 5/24/13 6:06 PM --

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Date: 5/24/13 9:58 PM

Thank you Beauturbo,
Your post gives me more confidence in going with cotton/lycra because I completely agree, cotton is much more breathable and comfortable.

And, ya I have to buy off the internet because Ive looked and the fabric stores around here don't quite have what I want. Here is what I went with, I am hoping it will be a good fabric;
http://www.designeralleyfabrics.com/prod-144.htm

Anyway I will post a picture of the dress when I'm done!


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