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.
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
I’d use denim print Lycra to make the leggings on the left. The skinniest of skinny jeans!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women’s Aspen Pants by 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!
Norah Nightgown & Panties by Greenstyle*
Here’s the newest women’s underwear pattern from Greenstyle. There are several colors of stretch lace available at Funki Fabrics.
Walbrook Boxer Briefs by Greenstyle*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!