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Leggings & tights...Best fabric and source to make them?
Where do you get non-saggy legging fabric?
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Date: 11/2/13 3:31 PM

I love leggings. I have made 2 pair, one cotton-spandex, one bamboo/rayon spandex. The 2nd pair feel great but keep growing longer and longer. I've already cut them shorter once.

The first pair are black and are losing the nice black-black. I'm tired of buying, making, wearing things where the fabric doesn't hold up.

I'm looking at cotton-spandex fabric from Spandex World.
Do you have any experience with it…or do you have a favorite -
go to place to get your legging fabric?

All suggestions welcome.
Thanks!

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Date: 11/2/13 3:39 PM

Supplex-lycra makes the best non-sagging, long-wearing tights/leggings/stretchy things I've ever run into. Here's MissCelie's discussion of the fabric and where you can find it.
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Date: 11/2/13 5:04 PM

I buy most of mine, even though I could make them. But, anything that is cotton with Lycra in it, I found is really just going to fade and a lot quicker than anything that is nylon or polyester with Lycra in it, instead. Just since the black color it's self even, is always going to fade sooner or later in cotton, if you wash them enough over time.

I have both kinds, the cotton/Lycra for more comfort, and the Nylon/Polyester Lycra kind if they really need to look good black color wise, and you want them to stay black color looking better longer. Have not ever found any win/win situation on that though, because also if you wear them out side, the cotton Lycra ones do most times fare way better with things like abrasion or sitting on concrete, or a rough wooden bench or from dog toenails or stickers in your yard, than the ones more all synthetic fiber instead though.

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Date: 11/2/13 6:56 PM

Supplex!? I always thought of it as shiny and not a breathable fabric. I will check it out. Thanks.

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Date: 11/2/13 11:41 PM

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The first pair are black and are losing the nice black-black. I'm tired of buying, making, wearing things where the fabric doesn't hold up.

To keep the black-black you could dye them from time to time.
I do that with my favourite fitted black T-shirts and leggings.
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Date: 11/3/13 1:40 AM

As a woven, supplex comes in a rather shiny form, but also a lovely matte finish, rather like lightweight, sand-washed cotton.

But in dancewear and exercise wear, well, you just have to put your hands on some Danskin/Capezio leggings, for example. Many, many other manufacturers use this fabric. It is is matte, luxe, breathable, and it wears forever.

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Date: 11/3/13 8:27 AM

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The 2nd pair feel great but keep growing longer and longer.


To take care of "growing" fabric such as this or slinky, sew 1/4" clear elastic in the vertical seams. This is a technique I learned from Emma Seabrooke.

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Date: 11/3/13 9:21 AM

Foxsews - love your avatar!

There is a local place that makes dance wear and the person in the retail store told me years ago that the very best way to keep your cotton and lycra things from fading is to keep them out of the dryer. I had always thought that hot water was the culprit, but keeping things out of the dryer really helps.

I make leggings to wear for yoga out of french terry. It seems to be nice and stable and doesn't stretch out.

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Date: 11/11/13 10:00 AM

I use viscose jersey (preferably 95% viscose and 5% elastane/stretchy).

Is viscose what you call rayon in the US?

Anyway, I think viscose holds its shape and color better than cotton. The tip about airdrying is good too, though I air dry all my hand made clothes.

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Date: 12/4/13 7:48 AM

It really seems like leggings require 4-way stretch fabric. I have some 2-way stretch silk jersey over here, made a sample pair, bigger than I knew I would need, just in case, but it's clear that the silk jersey won't do for leggings. Your posts, and the link to Miss Celie, should really help. Here in Korea, this should be relatively easy to find at the fabric markets, and I'll start looking soon.

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