We’re just about ready to get started with cutting and sewing the bodysuit, so let’s take a look at some of the basic techniques and stitches you’ll need when sewing with stretch fabrics. No, you don’t need a serger! But if you happen to have access to one, this is a great opportunity to fire it up because it’s an amazing tool for spandex sewing.
We’ll be moving along to sewing techniques and cutting out your pattern later this week, but in the meantime there’s still a lot more to say about spandex fabrics. We covered some of the most common types of stretch fabrics in the last post, but there are a lot more options if you’re feeling adventurous or trying to create a specific effect. Let’s take a look.
Today we’re talking about fabrics! You have a lot of choices for making your bodysuit, depending on what look you need for your chosen cosplay. Most or all of them will include some fraction of spandex, a rubbery fiber that can stretch to three times its length, blended with another material like nylon or polyester. Spandex fabrics are available to suit any number of styles, with shiny, glossy, matte, metallic, glittery, or holographic finishes. You can find prints, sequins, embossing, cutouts, and distressed effects too. Pick a lightweight spandex for easy wear, or a heavier weight for more coverage, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. Let’s take a tour of the options!