Member since 6/13/07
Date: 6/13/07 1:16 AM
So I'm a pro-wrestler, no reason to bury the lead right? Anyway getting custom tights made is expensive so I decided to take the money I would've paid for someone else to make me gear and instead buy myself a sewing machine and figure it out for myself. So far it's gone pretty well, but I've been working exclusively with stretch vinyl fabric. Now I want to make some gear with regular spandex, but I don't know which kind of regular spandex to use. I want the thicker kind so it will last longer and be more durable, but what that means in terms of kind of stretch fabric or percentage of one material vs. another I have no clue. Spandexworld.com lists these different kinds of spandex under nylon spandex:
Milliskin Shiny (Tricot)
Milliskin Matte (Tricot)
Regular Spandex (Raschel)
Jumbo Spandex (Super Stretch)
Wet look Spandex
80/120" wide spandex
Anyone know what the different between them is and which would be the best kind for me to use to make my gear or if there is actually another kind (like rayon lycra, or something) that is better.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 6/13/07 1:36 AM
Weirdest Post Ever sure caught *my* eye.
People rave about Spandex House. I'll bet that if you phone them, it won't be the first pro-wrestler costume question they've dealt with, lol.
Lisa in Campbell California
Member since 2/21/04
Date: 6/13/07 1:52 AM
I imagine you'd want something thicker like nice bike short material. The thicker bike shorts/tights are 7-8oz nylon/spandex and provide some wicking properties. I'd call Spandex house. They'd be able to help!
Also, they do send out samples if you call the number on their website.
-- Edited on 6/13/07 1:54 AM --
If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?
|MaryLynn in Long Beach
Member since 7/2/04
Date: 6/13/07 2:16 AM
Nah...no where near being the weirdest...Actually, it's a fun idea. We had a pro skater who made costumes who was active posting for quite a while. I'm sorry she's nothere to help you.
We had a whole thread one time for the weidest thing you've ever made. Here's a link to the thread Most unusual project
Mary Lynn (Who's finally sitting up and taking nourishment)
Design Degree??? I prefer my artistic license
"A woman who works with her hands is a laborer; a woman who works with her hands and her mind is a craftsman; but a woman who works with her hands and her brain and her heart is an artist." (St. Thomas Aquinas, modified)
Member since 7/28/04
Date: 6/13/07 11:38 AM
I don't know where you live...but in Atlanta, Gail K's fabric store has customers that sew for wrestlers. I know they carry fabrics suitable...I just don't know what the preference is for which type of stretch lycra.
I remember the "old days" when the wrestlers just wore high-waisted "briefs"...now it seems like it is more creative in costuming, yet must be practical/functional as well!
Good luck and keep us posted...
Member since 9/29/05
In reply to MaryLynn in Long Beach
Date: 6/13/07 11:54 AM
Nah...no where near being the weirdest
When you find out...please, please report back here and let us know!!!
The single most important discovery made by a group of women? The Empty Tomb!
Member since 10/18/03
Date: 6/13/07 12:08 PM
Seattlefabrics.com has some specialized spandex fabrics including something recommended for riding breeches that is supposed to be more durable. It also seems to have some helpful descriptions of all their fabrics. Maybe the info at that sight can help you.
Member since 11/29/04
Date: 6/13/07 12:31 PM
Another online source for spandex fabrics is sewsassy.com
You can order swatches and see what might strike your fancy.
P.S. I agree...not weird at all
Member since 6/23/06
In reply to Volzer
Date: 6/13/07 2:18 PM
You'd probably want to try the Jumbo Spandex (that's what a lot of football uniforms are made of). Also if you use the Wet Look spandex you can ditch the vinyl!
You could also see if any of the online companies have a swatch service and they could send samples.
Good luck! We'll be looking for you on WWF (if we knew your "stage" name, LOL)
Sewing is my therapy!
Member since 10/14/03
Date: 6/13/07 2:33 PM
Hey, do us a favor and post a review with a picture of you wearing your project. You don't have to show your face, you can be a "headless wonder." I'd love to see what you've done and I'm sure everyone else would, too.
Kudos for solving your problem by joining the world of sewing.
And by the way, not a weird post........well, okay, maybe semi-weird. (Just kidding! Hope you have a sense of humor.) Good luck.
If I sewed any slower, I wouldn't be sewing at all.