Member since 8/17/07 Posts: 51 Skill: Intermediate
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.
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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