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Help finding smaller cuts of spandex, please.
Or at least an alternative fabric for costume
PeepSews
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Date: 4/5/13 11:46 AM

I am trying to make two Power Rangers suits. (Not the simple ones I grew up with)I only need 1/2 yd spandex for certain parts in certain colors. I've tried both SW and SH and you can't seem to order less than 1 yard. I need to order many colors, but one yard is way more than I need for my little ones. (*cough* plus I wanted to order some fashion prints to make tights for my little girl *cough)

At a minimum I would need 4 different colors. If I have to buy a whole yard, that would be at least $36, not including shipping and not including other parts of the costumes.

I usually order fabric from Fabric.com but they don't sell milliskin. (or at least I haven't found anything similar.)

Or, am I being unreasonable and spending about $50 to $70 is what I should expect for two costumes?? These would be for play, not anything official. I came up with milliskin because that's what was suggested. Though I realize that these suggestions came from people who are a bit more serious about how their costumes look (CosPlay).

I don't want it to fall apart in the wash, but I'd like for them to hold up while playing. Is there another fabric that one could use to make kids costumes?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me

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Date: 4/5/13 1:27 PM

I think you could get away with any spandex fabric, honestly. I'm familiar with milliskin, and it is a high quality fabric. But for a kids play outfit, I feel like it's just not worth the expense to go for that rather than some other, cheaper spandex. I've used the stuff at JoAnn with success, and I haven't had it fall apart on me yet. I've also done well with spandex found on eBay.

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Date: 4/5/13 2:11 PM

Ditto on the JoAnn spandex. It comes in the basic Power Ranger colors. As far as girl tights, check your store to see if they're carrying some new knits. My store recently stocked some that would make cute tights.

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Date: 4/5/13 3:12 PM

Thanks ladies!! I will try Joanns. It's about 30 minutes away so I don't go that often (usually just order online). I'll see if my husband can drive me tonight.

The CosPlay sites I went on mean business when it comes to their costumes, so it doesn't surprise me that they would want a durable fabric. (But no one ever mentioned regular fabrics! )

I'm curious to see what new knits they have!

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Date: 4/5/13 4:23 PM

Ditto on eBay!

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Date: 4/5/13 5:10 PM

Lol. I'm familiar with the community. It's pretty hardcore xD;;

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In: 93 yards
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Date: 4/5/13 6:49 PM

Ditto on eBay!
-- Edited on 4/6/13 9:11 AM --

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Date: 4/5/13 10:03 PM

Place an ad here for the colors you need. I for one would gladly
give up some leftovers for the price of shipping.

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Date: 4/5/13 10:38 PM

Quote: NancyZL
Place an ad here for the colors you need. I for one would gladly

give up some leftovers for the price of shipping.

Same here. I have all sorts of short yardage of spandex.

ETA: I may have spoken too soon. I do have lots of short yardage, but I'm not sure about the colors. I'll check.
-- Edited on 4/5/13 10:51 PM --

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Date: 4/6/13 1:08 AM

I think small bits of it, are hiding out at a "unlikely source" in a town near you actually, in maybe even iany brick and mortar large chain kind of office or school supplies store. Just because I've seen it in there, in the stretchy book covers made of lycra spandex swim fabric sold at all the Office Depot and Staples like kind of office stores quite often. I think I have seen it in both solids and prints made up into those stretch on book covers. I don't think a whole 1/2 yard of 60" fabric in them though, but if you just need more varied square shaped bits and pieces of it (which would be cheaper than buying by the yard as when you buy by the yard you just have to get all 60 inches wide of it) maybe buy a few of those stretchy book covers of that fabric, and just cut them up. I think they are not very expensive, maybe $3 each or something more like that even.

Also maybe pay a visit to any Goodwill or Salvation Army store near you, and you could probably just cut up, and even use the fabric from, maybe a previous loved and used, and donated to them, kind of leotard or bathing suit that got donated to them also, as a source of smallish odd sized pieces of it, in just assorted colors. The larger the size of ladies swim suit you could find there, the more fabric you could even cut out of it.

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