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Lycra® is combined with nylon, cotton, linen and wool to give stretch in one or both directions. Cotton/Lycra is matte and often used in exercise wear. Nylon/Lycra is shiny and often used for bathing suits.
When sewing with Lycra be sure to pretest your pattern because ripped stitches leave holes, which turn into runs, do not stretch fabric as you sew, test seams by stretching them as much as possible and after sewing on a convetional machine, serge seams together.
The best fabric for bathing suits is a Lycra®blend with Antron®, Supplex® or Tactel®.
Want to make a bathing suit using Lycra®?
- Read Sandra’s article, “The Bathing Suit Project“
- Refer to your copy of More Fabric Savvy
- Enroll in the Power Sewing Web-TV Show where Sandra Betzina and Ron Collins will help you take your sewing skills to the next level!
- We love to see our Community’s creations! When you’re done, be sure to post a picture on our Garment Gallery.