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Date: 11/25/12 10:52 PM

Can anyone explain to me the difference between Lycra (4 way stretch) and milliskin. Is milliskin just a brand name of Lycra? I'm sewing a figure skating dress for my daughter and was told to get milliskin; I find lots of Lycra on ebay. Thoughts? Thank you :)
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Date: 11/26/12 0:51 AM

If I am remembering correctly, milliskin is a light weight 4 way stretch polyester (?) lycra. Not all lycra/spandex is created equal and there is a variance is weight and quality. If the price is good enough or if you know the vendor it might be worth getting it on ebay. Figure skating dresses don't take a ton of fabric, so I would probably take a chance. You do want 4 way stretch, though. Two way will not give you the movement ability you need. That is from me, who makes ballroom competition gowns (just for me) and SheBear who makes skating dresses professionally. Have fun!

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Date: 11/26/12 11:11 AM

Lycra is DuPont's brand name for spandex -- milliskin is for a particular blend of nylon and spandex and is primarily a 4 way stretch. Raschel is another nylon spandex blend which is significantly lighter in weight and can have either 2 way or 4 way stretch. There are a variety of names out there but what you want to look at is the blend of the fiber content and the stretch.

I would recommend that you try to find a good quality nylon/spandex for the body portion of your dress (I favour 80% nylon/20% spandex for its durability and recovery) -- Spandex House, Stretch House and Spandex World all label this as a milliskin (a medium weight spandex). At Suzi Spandex they call the same material a tricot spandex. You must get a 4 way stretch fabric for the body portion of the dress. I have found that most polyester/spandex fabrics will only have 2 way stretch.

For the skirts you have a little more lee-way but remember that you have to have some give in the skirt material where it attaches at the waist or else the skater won't be able to pull the dress on over their hips (or will tear the skirt fabric). Polyester/spandex fabrics with the 2 way stretch can be perfect for the skirts.

Good luck with your daughter's skating dress -- I have been designing and making skating dresses (and men's competition outfits) for over 10 years and I love working with the skaters as well as coming up with my own designs for my "store". My suggestion is to start out simple until you get a feel for the fabric and fit (especially if you've never sewing with nylon/spandex before).

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Date: 11/30/12 11:43 PM

Thanks for the responsesI have done a couple of skating dresses for my girls and the hardest thing I have noticed is that I keep wanting to add more to the patterns because they seem so small...I really have to learn to trust in the amount of stretch in the fabric! I did learn (through trial and error and ripping out) that 4-way is the only way to go for the main body although I have gotten away with 2 way stretch mesh for the skirt overlay. Happy December to all.
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