Top 10 Women’s Patterns To Sew With Lycra

Top 10 Women’s Patterns To Sew With Lycra

Do you love spandex, but aren’t sure what to sew with it? It’s not just for swimwear! I have a cartfull of fun prints from Funki Fabrics; so here are my top 10 picks for women’s patterns to sew with Lycra.

Top 10 Womens Patterns For Lycra! A selection of PDF patterns and fabrics that will boost your wardrobe with the latest styles and the everyday comfort of spandex.

Funki Fabrics Lycra is made well and sews like a dream, making it perfect for swimwear, sports apparel, and children’s clothing. You’ll also find fabrics for everyday women’s clothing. I’ll show you my choice of fabric for each pattern:) Some patterns are affiliate links; and a marked with an asterisk.

Read the fabric recommendations for patterns; and size down if it’s not designed for spandex. Banded hems and narrow binding finish beautifully on spandex. You’ll want to use polyester thread, and stretch your fabric a bit as you sew. This is especially important for horizontal seams that need to stretch a lot; such as skinny leg openings, necklines, waist, and shoulder seams. Read 3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra for some extra tips and helpful links.

Top 10 Women’s Patterns To Sew With Lycra


Go To Knit Pants For Women

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Patterns Go To Leggings from Go To Patterns

I’d use denim print Lycra to make the leggings on the left. The skinniest of skinny jeans!

Denim Print Lycra from Funki Fabric: make the skinniest of skinny jeans. (Leggings!)


Magnolia Street Wrap from Seamingly Smitten

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Magnolia Street Wrap by Seamingly Smitten

Magnolia Street Wrap Will make a sweet dress that could double as a swim cover. I’d choose a fabric that’s the same on both sides; but I couldn’t choose between the solids below.

Brightly colored, quality spandex solids in a variety of colors at Funki Fabrics


Yoga Pants by Seamingly Smitten

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Yoga Pants from Seamingly Smitten

I avoid exercise as much as possible, but I’d live in these yoga pants. I’m making these in black like the pattern photo, with this grayscale floral watercolor print for the coordinating waistband. Seamingly Smitten also has a great leggings pattern, and the Mimi Maxi Dress would be quick and easy in Lycra.

Best sewing patterns + fabric links: Sewing With Lycra


Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Patterns*

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Hampton Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns

How about a glammed up Hampton Hoodie in Cascade Silver? There is a coordinating solid for every print at Funki Fabrics, and you could use almost any color you’d like for the neckline, hood, wrists and waistband.

Cascade Silver Lycra from Funki Fabrics


Sloan Leggings from Hey June

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Sloan Leggings from Hey June

I’m tempted to completely steal the pink and gray on the Sloan Leggings cover picture! But if I must choose, gimme charcoal  and gray. And while I’m “pretend” fabric shopping, I may use some colorful  thread for my imaginary coverstitch machine to give these leggings a real sporty flair.

Charcoal & Gray Lycra: Top 10 Patterns To Sew With Lycra


Women’s Aspen Pants by Greenstyle*

Top 10 women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra : Aspen Pants from Greenstyle

Wide leg pants hit the runways for 2015 and I’m seeing already seeing bell bottom jeans in the stores. Here’s a fitted version of popular palazzo style pants; the Aspen Pants from Greenstyle. If I’m wearing flared pants…might as well make them in this big, bold ikat!

Pink ikat Lycra from FunkiFabrics


Norah Nightgown & Panties by Greenstyle*

Top 10 Women's Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Norah Nightgown and Panties by Greenstyle Creations

Here’s the newest women’s underwear pattern from Greenstyle. There are several colors of stretch lace available at Funki Fabrics.

Torquoise Stretch Lace from Funki Fabrics


Walbrook Boxer Briefs by Greenstyle*

Best Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Walbrook Boxer Briefs from Greenstyle Creations

I had to sneak in a pattern for the guys! I’m thinking lovey dovey boxer briefs for Valentines Day. And you could make a matching Norah Nightgown for “couple undies”.  So nerdy it’s cute:) Click here to shop Greenstyle.

Hearts and kisses  print Lycra from Funki Fabrics


Scrundlewear by Stitch Upon A Time

Top 10 Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Scrundlewear Pattern by Stitch Upon A Time

After all the sexy lacy undies I make, it will be time for some awesome. I’ll use my Scrundlewear pattern to make Batman panties. I may not be brave enough for character leggings…but undies are my secret. I could probably take over the world in Gotham Gray. I used this pattern with Funki Fabric lycra in my Scrundlewear pattern review, if you’d like to see these panties in more fun prints.

"Gotham Gray" Batman inspired spandex fabric from Funki Fabrics

Jalie 3246, Maxi Dress & Shawl Collar Shrug

Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Jalie 3246

I’m digging the print on this Jalie pattern cover. Here are some tribal inspired prints; including the tie dye ikat print you see in the center.

Tribal print spandex fabric fromFunki Fabrics


Jalie 2572, Women’s Shapewear

Patterns To Sew With Lycra: Jalie 2572

Shapewear never hurt anybody. But Spanx are expensive! Jalie has a shapewear pattern with several pieces, including a boned tummy shaper. I’d make mine skin tone. Funki Fabrics has a lot more skin tones than you’ll find anywhere else; from Nude to Chocolate.

Need skin tone fabric for swimsuit lining or shapewear? Funki Fabrics has a good selection of quality spandex

This is also great for swim linings. You will like the Glittermist Skin and Twinkle Net for dancewear and gymnastics too!)

When I googled “what to sew with Lycra” all I came up with was sewing tips. I hope this post helps someone who is looking for ideas. Let me know if you sew one of these patterns!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Mel

    Love the wide leg pants looking forward to seeing them hit the stores this winter, I’m not sure jules and I are into couple undies…..but umm it’s an interesting idea.
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  2. Pam @Threading My Way

    No!!! Not bellbottoms back in fashion. Wore them as a teenager the first time around. Think I’ll leave them in the past… LOL!!! I need some new pilates pants. The Hey June leggings would be perfect.
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