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Date: 1/25/14 5:40 PM

Hi! First time posting in this board thanks for reading! I'm going to make my daughter some leggings using a lilygiggle pattern and I'm not sure what fabric to buy. I read a post about supplex but I think that's more for athletic gear? The pattern says jersey but I've read jersey doesn't hold it's shape well for leggings? I was then given the advice to purchase 4 way stretch which I have to do online. I don't want them shiny like leotards or a bathing suit but want a nice legging fit. What am I looking for? Links greatly appreciated as well as pictures.

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Date: 1/25/14 6:47 PM

Welcome to Pattern Review!

I like to make my everyday wear leggings out of natural fiber fabrics, usually cotton or wool jersey with a decent amount of stretch, 8-10% lycra/spandex (lycra is a Dupont trademarked name for spandex).

The Rain Shed has a nice selection of solid colored cotton/lycra blends, swatches for their sets are $1 each (plus USPS shipping). I find their cotton/lycra blend to be a nice weight for leggings, although you might want to buy a swatch set to see if it's heavy enough for your needs.

The Rain Shed (there isn't a direct link but you can find their selection of cotton/lycra blends under "fabrics")

Fabricmart Fabrics had a decent selection of wool knits recently, some with more lycra content than others. I didn't buy any because I'm on a fabric fast, but there is a thread in the Fabrics subforum about their wool knits.

I make my workout leggings out of supplex, they are very comfortable to wear.

If you're looking for any pattern suggestions, I have had great luck with Style Arc and Green Pepper patterns for my leggings.

ETA: I like the 10 oz weight or slightly higher cotton/lycra blends for my leggings.
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Date: 1/25/14 7:15 PM

My daughter just made two pairs of leggings out of supplex we purchased in NYC after Christmas at Spandex World. Supplex makes for great leggings, however, my machines didn't exactly like the fabric and I have fabulous machines--top of the line Janome MC15000, a BL Imagine serger as well as a Janome Coverstitch. Believe it or not, none of my machines were thrilled with Supplex. Make sure you use a Microtex Sharp needle if you buy this particular fabric. If you have a serger, it will definitely make quick work of the leggings. Other than that, Supplex is a great fabric to use for leggings.

ETA, our Supplex had a matte finish and the leggings looked great. She's 19 so these were full-sized leggings.
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Date: 1/25/14 7:57 PM

I made my DGD a pair of leggings from a Lily Giggle pattern to go with her Christmas dress.
I used cotton lycra jersey. That's what most rtw girls leggings are made from. I feel the style I used ran very generous. She's tall for her age and went up a size in the length and I didn't need to.

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Date: 1/25/14 8:28 PM

Cotton-Lycra or rayon-Lycra jersey are the usual casual (non activewear) legging fabrics--

Also, for little girls (not knowing your daughter's age) cotton rib knit, with or without Lycra, can work nicely.
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Date: 1/25/14 8:45 PM

I used a stretch needle to sew supplexx and it worked well.

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Date: 1/25/14 8:47 PM

I would think that if they are for everyday wear a cotton with a little lycra would be more comfortable for a child.

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Date: 1/25/14 9:13 PM

Ryan's Mom- What type of needles did you use in your Imagine then? Coverstitch? Microtex Sharps in both machines? Size 11?

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Date: 1/25/14 9:16 PM

They are adorable!

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Date: 1/25/14 10:29 PM

Hmmm I live less than 15 miles from the Rain Shed and didn't know about them...I can see that a little field trip may be required...

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