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Leggings Fabric for Kwik Sew 3476
75% stretch across the grain
Erin D
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Date: 10/27/10 11:47 PM

I just received Kwik Sew 3476to sew up some leggings, but I am confused about the fabric suggestion of a knit with 75% stretch across the grain. I am thinking about other RTW leggings I have bought my daughters, and the fabric always seems to be cotton/lycra with less stretch. Some internet searching did not lead me to any fabrics with this kind of stretch, minus swimsuit ones.

Ideas? Should I try a less, stretchy fabric?

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Date: 10/28/10 0:20 AM

It's not 75% stretch, but I ordered some of the Swiss 4-way stretch from Gorgeous Fabrics to make leggings, and I think it will be perfect for leggings:

Swiss 4-way stretch

It's beefy but stretchy and feels like it will be a good bottomweight knit.

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Date: 10/28/10 9:13 AM

Cotton lycra jersey is excellent fabric for leggings IMHO. I worked in the fitness industry for 20 years and wore cotton lycra jersey leggings alot. If I were to sew leggings today that would be my fabric choice. The basic cotton lycras I have in my stash now easily have 75% stretch. To double check I just stretched a 10 inch piece to 20 inches with no problem and that would be 100% stretch, wouldn't it?

ETA Spandex World has good quality cotton lycra. It is a nice mid weight that would work well for form fitting leggings. They will send you free swatches.
-- Edited on 10/28/10 9:20 AM --

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Date: 10/28/10 9:57 AM

I use the cotton spandex from Spandex House and it easily has 75% stretch. It washes up great and so far no pilling. Definitely recommend it. They will send out swatches if you request.

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Sheila
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Stash Tally: net +38.5 yds (2014)
2015 Stash Tally: 106.5 yds out/122.875 yds in (net +16.375 yds)

2016 Stash Busting:
24.125 yds sewn (as of 05/27/16)
9.75 yds purchased (as of 05/27/16)

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Date: 10/28/10 2:11 PM

I've made Kwik Sew's leggings patterns with 90% cotton 10% lycra from Vogue Fabrics several times without issue...

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Date: 10/29/10 11:59 PM

Thank you ALL for your replies-I am going to check out Spandex World's selection and also experiment with some typical cotton/lycra fabric with less stretch and see how it goes!

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In reply to Sewliz

Date: 10/30/10 9:58 AM

Thank you for the link. I think they may have the shade of pink I am looking for & requested a sample. Price looks good.
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