Katy Perry’s Stretch Latex Outfits

When Katy Perry’s first single started hitting radios, it did not seem like she would cannonball, practically overnight, into a pop sensation. Through the last couple of successful years, she has formed an identity on the stage, and she has a strong reputation of putting on a fun and entertaining performance. Much of this has to do with her costumes/outfits. katy perry latex

Many of Perry’s recent photos of her concerts show her in pastel, candy-coated dresses, made possible by stretch latex. The fabric holds so well with the “Willy Wonka” theme Perry is known for. A tight fabric, it is worn to show off Perry’s body, while promoting innocent images of chocolate-chip cookies, cupcakes, polka dots, bubble gum, and peppermint candies. Each dress looks like it came out of the gingerbread house in “Hansel and Gretel.”

Stretch latex looks like vinyl, but each word basically compensates of the other. Some of Perry’s outfits have a matte exterior, but the dismal coat agrees with muted colors like baby pink, lavender, and turquoise. Outfits like the ones where she is dressed as a peppermint stick or the American flag utilize the shinier, glossier finishes. It’s also used in Katy’s sexier outfits, accentuating her figure.

katy paerry simpsons latexThere is no doubt that Katy Perry brings all types of flavors on and off stage. Her lyrics are risqué, her voice is distinct, and now her multilayered appearances are a trademark. Outfitted with “The Simpson’s” family or “The Smurfs” on her latex and/or vinyl guises, Perry stands out among some other celebrated pop divas.

For people interested in copying Perry’s famous style, maybe for Halloween or a costume party in February, the materials used are inexpensive and easy to find in supply. Most of the dresses are of similar design, which looks simple enough to replicate. Katy Perry has definitely brought a cartoon atmosphere to the mainstream music scene. From a patriotic gal to a weird space character, Katy Perry knows how to mix fun, sexy, and youth to create something original for people to observe and enjoy.



Read More October 4, 2012   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Stretch Latex Fabric Fashion

The classic pin-up girl look is still an elegant and beautiful style for women to wear. Along with the hair is the fashion; dresses, bathing suits, mini-skirts, etc. Thanks to certain materials, the pin-up girl can be restructured and formed to fit in with the current time. Cotton is now replaced with stretch latex, which actually makes for a pretty picture. 

The picture I’m focusing on is of a young woman who bears the makeup and hairdo of a pin-up chick. Her dress, or what seems to be a dress, is made from latex. Its color and pattern incorporate a 50s nautical theme. The finish is glossy, and makes the latex appear transparent.

latex nurse outfitStretch latex produces some of the neatest leggings seen, and there is so much do with it. Neon colored latex take leggings back to the 80s, and black brings out a mysterious side. The in between, like metallic, glittered, glossed, and printed, add something individual, maybe personal. They’re easy to move and groove in, as celebrity pop stars have shown.

Women like Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Lady Gaga have performed and made statements in a more obscure way. What’s interesting is not only what their costumes and clothes look like, but what they are made out of. Latex has furthered its purpose here. Now, fashion runways are being cat walked down by models wearing abstract tutu-like outfits, complete with stretch latex. Some of the leggings are so tight, it like they were painted on. But it shows how resourceful and imaginative some fashion can be, like a form of art.

metallic purple latex leggings


Read More September 23, 2012   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Types of Skirts to make with Stretch Fabric

One of the easiest pieces of clothing to create is the stretch skirt, but it still helps to gather introductory information before starting this project. Skirts of different lengths are made from versatile elastic materials.

You might want to start out creating pieces of a simpler design and then work up to the more complex versions. This may be a hobby for you at first, and eventually it could become a profession. When you are not sure of your pattern-making skills, stretch fabrics can help you to gain the practice and confidence that you need to move on to other types of fabric.

Some of the Most Popular Types of Skirts from Stretch Fabric:

  • Bias Cut Skirt – This is a skirt of which the seams are cut on an angle against the natural fabric grain instead of straight across the grain. These garments are often long, flowing, made into an A-line shape, and come in formal and informal variants. However, other styles such as pencil-shaped variants of this very important clothing ensemble piece can be created.
Maternity Skirt

Maternity Skirt with Stretch Fabric

  • Maternity Skirt – This covers a wide variety of skirts made with stretch fabric. Sometimes extra elastic is used in the abdominal area but oftentimes the entire material is made into a more seamless style. Denim and cotton as well as Spandex and other expandable materials are used to make a wide array of this type of garment. Today, short, medium, and long cuts are designed for the expectant mother.
  • Trouser Skirt – The black, charcoal, or navy washable ones made and sold by Eddie Bauer are a perfect example of the type of skirt that can be made using stretchable fabric. This business-like pencil design is a recommended professional or casual pick that is appropriate for multiple locations.  Knee and angle length varieties also can be made with stretch material, as well as the below-the-knee variety that has buttons all the way down the front and on the pockets.


  • Mini Skirt – Denim and cotton are the two main fabrics that are often combined with other elastic materials such as Spandex or Lycra used to create mini-skirts. The A-line and pencil versions are among the most popular. Sometimes shorter ones with ruffles are worn today and these can also be constructed with stretch fabric.


  • Pencil Skirt from Stretch Fabric

    Pencil Skirt from Stretch Fabric

    Pencil- This style is one that usually is shaped to fit symmetrically all around and straight down from the waist. Pencil-shaped skirts are often cut for wearing just above or below the knee.  Certain types are appropriate for the office while others might be more suitable for a night out. 

There are many different styles to choose from, giving you endless projects.  Using stretch fabrics can be a great tool for people who want to try to make their own patterns but have never tried before, as they are more forgiving to your pattern-cutting mistakes than rigid fabrics, which often wind up not fitting together properly or not being large enough for your body until you are more accustomed to making your own patterns.  Stretch fabrics will often stretch to fit the other pattern pieces or your body.  Have fun exploring and trying different styles of stretch skirts!

Read More January 13, 2012   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Stretch Fabric Vinyl Book Covers

Book covers are becoming more widely used, but finding one personalized to your style isn’t always easy. What’s more, high quality book covers can be quite expensive. So how can you create the perfect personalized book cover on a budget? Stretch vinyl book covers are a great alternative to store-bought ones and are an easy craft project almost anyone can do.

Vinyl is often used as faux leather and is very durable; because of this, it makes an excellent protector from the weather and jostling movements in a backpack. Typically, book covers stretch to fit the book, but because vinyl is such a strong fabric, it doesn’t necessarily allow you to create an elastic fit. Most vinyl book covers are made specifically to fit one book. So how can you make a stretch vinyl book cover that will fit different books? It’s a bit of work, but well worth the end result.

Stretch Fabric Vinyl Book Cover

Stretch Fabric Vinyl Book Cover


Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 book that is approximately the size of most books you will be using the cover for (most text books are within inches of the same size)
  • Vinyl fabric
  • Thread that matches the color of the vinyl
  • A sewing needle strong enough for leather
  • Thimble (optional)
  • Elastic cord that is approximately .25 inches in width.

Step One: Open your text book and lay it flat on a table. Measure the full length and width. Record the measurements in inches. Now close the book and measure the width of the front cover. Record that measurement in inches. Take the width of the cover and the width of the entire book and add them together. Record this measurement as your “total width.”  Add 1.5 inches to the length of the book and record this measurement as your ‘total length’. Keep all measurements- you will need them later.

Step Two: Lay your piece of vinyl fabric flat on a table (with the inside- duller side- face up). Measure and draw a rectangle using your ‘total width’ and ‘total length’ measurements. Carefully cut the rectangle out and discard of the remaining fabric.

Step Three: Return to your measurements. Take your width of your book cover and divide by two. Record that number as “inside flap.”

Step Four: Return to your piece of fabric. At each end (width wise) of the rectangle measure inward the measurement of your “inside flap.” Mark each end.

Step Five: Around your entire rectangle, fold the fabric down 1 inch and pin.

Step Six: Thread your needle and put on your thimble. Vinyl can sometimes be hard to sew and I wouldn’t recommend trying without protection for your fingers. A thimble is necessary. On the shorter sides of the rectangle carefully sew the 1 inch fold closed leaving approximately ½ inch between the seam and the corner of the fabric.

Step Seven: On each side where there are ‘inside flaps’ marks, fold the fabric at the marks. Your marks should create the crease. Sew starting from the corner and working inward until you get to the end of the fold. Do not sew any further. Repeat at each of the three remaining sides.

Step Eight: Now you should only have two areas left that have not been sewed. They should be at the top and bottom of your stretch vinyl book cover. Just as you did before with the 1 inch folds, sew them down leaving approximately ½ inch between the seam and the corner of the fabric.

Step Nine: Now starting at one of the corners where the ‘inside flaps’ meets the seam you just sewed pull through the .25 inch elastic cord. Go the entire way through the edges of your ‘inside flaps’ and the remaining 1 inch folds.

Pull the elastic as tight as appropriate for your book measurement and try on your new stretch vinyl book cover!

Read More December 27, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Make your own ice skating leotard

Ice Skating Pink Leotard

Ice Skating Pink Leotard

Buying a fabulous ice skating costume can be extremely costly and it is often difficult to find the perfect style for your competition and personal taste.  By making your own ice skating costume from stretch fabric, you can save money and customize your costume to fit you and your routine.

The leotard forms the base of every ice skating costume and can be a standout on its own.  If you are making a monochromatic look, add a fluttered skirt over the top of the leotard, ensuring that you face the right sides of the fabric together and the point of the skirt upwards when sewing, and sleeves.  From there, you can add cutouts in the back or customize it, making it anything but plain.

For a more advanced style, try placing lace over a nude lycra leotard or cover a lycra design with fringe for a flapper-inspired costume.  For the flapper costume, use an opaque stretchy fabric for the majority of the leotard, but use a sheer fabric from the chest up for the armholes and attach a skirt over the top of the leotard.  Then add the fringe in layers, ensuring that it extends below the hemline for the bottom layer, working your way to the top.  The flapper costume shows incredible movement on the ice, making it a favorite with the judges and the fans alike.

ce Skating Lycra LeotardThere are endless styles of ice skating costumes; as long as you can make a basic leotard, you can go anywhere with your design, depending on what you do to embellish it, whether you use nude colors, add lace, add fringe, add rhinestones, or use cutouts.  By making your own stretch fabric ice skating costume, you can guarantee that no one else at your competition will outshine you with their costume and that you have the most unique music, costume, and routine for a performance that blends together perfectly.

Read More October 21, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

How to make a mermaid tail

Childrens mermaid tail.

Children's mermaid tail.

Whether your daughter wants to dress as Ariel for Halloween, you are planning a photo shoot at the beach, or you have dreams of looking like Darryl Hannah in Splash, you’ll often find it difficult to find a mermaid tail costume that is just right in the store. Luckily, it is very simple to make a mermaid tail out of a stretch fabric like lycra.


After you have selected the color that you want for your fabric, you can use a maxi skirt to help you create a pattern that will fit your height. Leaving enough room at the top to create a waistband and enough room at the bottom for a decorative, fish-like finish, cut it to fit your hips by turning a skirt that fits you well inside out and cutting along the edge.

Once you have cut past the muscular part of your quads, begin tapering it in to be fitted around the bottom of your quads and curving back out in the calves, leaving yourself enough room through the tightest part to walk comfortably. It is a good idea to leave more room than you think that you will need, as it is far easier to make it smaller than it is to make it larger.

DIY Gold mermaid tailFrom there, sew your two pieces together and add an elastic waistband at the top. Try it on for size and, if you have too much room, taper it in to fit the way that you want; try safety pinning your new seam so that you get an idea of how it will fit once completed or sew large, easy to remove stitches.

Once you have found your perfect fit, sew your new seam; it is a good idea to reinforce seams on stretch fabrics by simply sewing over the seam a second time. To finish the bottom, cut a wavy scalloped pattern or tail shape, leaving it open so that you can still walk. Once you are finished, pair it with your favorite bikini top, loose, wavy curls, and enjoy your new stretch fabric mermaid tail!

Read More October 19, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

DIY Liquid Leggings from Stretch Vinyl

Liquid leggings, which essentially look like uber-tight, shiny faux leather pants, are all the rage with Hollywood stars, but finding the look for yourself to fit your body and personal taste off the rack can be difficult. These edgy leggings can be made of any glossy synthetic fabric; however, it is easiest to use stretch vinyl, which is more forgiving to both body shapes and sewing abilities than other fabrics of this type.

To make your own pattern, use your favorite pair of legging and turn them inside out. Keep in mind that while stretch vinyl does stretch, it does not stretch as much as most leggings do, so you should be careful to leave extra room on each side, erring on the side of larger than necessary. Leave enough fabric at the top to insert an elastic waistline of whatever size is the most comfortable to you and enough fabric at the bottom to hem them; if you are not experienced with making your own patterns, leave more than you think you will need.

Start by using a loose stitch to sew together the primary four seams so that you can try them on for size. Sew a loose stitch along your new seams to bring them in tighter for the celebrity super-tight look. When you have found your perfect fit, go over your final seam with a tighter stitch and consider reinforcing your seam, especially through the crotch, as stretch fabrics, whether bought in the store or made at home, can be prone to creating gaps if the seams are not tight enough.

From there, put your elastic waistband in and hem the leggings to fit you. Once you have finished, wear a loose top or conservative blazer to contrast the tightness and suggestiveness of your pants and wedges or platform pumps to complement them and enjoy showing off your new liquid leggings.

Read More October 17, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Celebrity fabric critique

Celebrities are always on the fashion scene in the latest and most exclusive fashions out there.  Fans and admirers love to emulate what they see in the magazines and movies on their favorite celebs, and now celebs are trending stretch vinyl.

Fergie vinyl leggingsFergie has been seen about town in a pair of black stretch vinyl leggings which are expected to continue their trend into the Fall.  Fergie is one of the style icons of the 21st Century wearing the latest styles as well as the most out there styles, though, compared to Lady Gaga she is an angel.

victoria beckham stretch leather leggingsAnother celebrity embracing the trend is Victoria Beckham who has been seen time and time again in outfits that are made of vinyl or faux leather.  No one has the urge to drop their entire paycheck on a pair of real leather leggings when they can get the same look for cheaper.

Other celebrities all across the genres have worn pvc leggings at some moment or another.  Nikki Minaj, Rhiana, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and many more have been seen around Hollywood.

Other interesting outfits that come out of this growing want for shiny materials are dresses and corsets like that of Jessica Alba and Nicole Scherzinger.  Scherzinger has been on the red carpet in an all strapless grey dress that is to die for.  If you believe you can pull it off then go right on ahead and do so.  Many people do not have that kind of confidence, but when you have a body like hers it is hard not to.

jessica alba vinyl corsetJessica Alba has also been seen in print wearing an all vinyl corset.  She is unbelievably gorgeous, and the red trimmed black corset is to die for.  You could pair this look with a pair of black leggings or a short sexy stretch skirt.

All of these styles that we generally see as off limits to us non-celebrities are in fact attainable, and they can either be bought or recreated by you in order to get that perfect look.

Read More June 6, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Leggings from stretch vinyl

Stretch vinyl leggings

Stretch vinyl leggings

Leggings are in this season and are expected to continue into the Fall. They are a versatile clothing item that can be paired with nearly anything, and can be made out of nearly any fabric. Because leggings are trending, designers have begun to expand their styles to include fabrics such as jean, lycra, and faux leather leggings.

Using faux leather for leggings suffers from the fact that the material is typically not that stretchy. Stretch vinyl is one of many new fabrics to burst on the fashion scene and it is helping to create some of the most comfortable and versatile leather-look items out there.

Stretch vinyl comes in two-way and four-way, in which the four-way stretch would be best in order to fit not only your legs comfortably, but your butt as well. Leggings do not simply come in black or white, they come in all sorts of different colors and designs.

Some of the most well known looks are simple black vinyl leggings that can be paired with a pair of heels, a nice jacket, and blouse. This style of allows for an individual to use them in both casual and dressy settings.

Patent vinyl leggings

Patent vinyl leggings

These bottoms also come in some of the wildest colors and patterns imaginable. You could have the plain old Zebra printed vinyl leggings, or you could have the pink, green, or yellow version of the Zebra print that is perfect for those individuals looking to standout.

If you are less inclined to spend a lot of money or the typical amount for a pair of trendy leggings then you can always make these creations on your own with a selected patter or design and the appropriate length of fabric.

These are easy enough to make, because all you need to do is to draw out the pattern of a pair of pants on the purchased fabric, cut, and sew. If you seek additional directions videos are easily available online.

Read More May 6, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized

Making a catsuit

This video is part 2 of a multi-video tutorial on how to create your very own tailored catsuit with different types of stretch fabrics.  The presenter of the video is a man with an English accent, but he is very easy to understand.

The reason in choosing this video is because in the very beginning of this more than seven minute tutorial the presenter shows the viewer the two different types of stretch fabrics available to individuals attempting to make their own catsuits or other clothing products.

Further, if you are interested in using vinyl fabric, you should be aware that there is stretch vinyl that stretches two ways, and four-way stretch.  For those individuals looking for something more restrictive, the two-way stretch vinyl fabric is the way to go, and for those needing more movement in their outfits say for performance purposes or comfort the four-way stretch vinyl fabric is the best choice.

The presenter then begins to show you how to take your measurements to draw out a pattern for the tailored catsuit.  You can use these simple instructions to create shirts, skirts, pants, and whatever you like because the concepts are essentially the same.  Another great point is that from watching how this pattern is created and then applied the viewer is able to see how easy it is to create your own patterns.

This video’s simple to follow instructions are a great value to the novice or intermediate sewer looking to take a little chance on some fairly new products.  You could even take the lower part of the catsuit and turn the pattern into a pair of stretch vinyl leggings which are trending at this moment.  Check out this video for a easy to follow catsuit guide, and step out of your comfort zone to learn something new.

Read More April 6, 2011   Posted Under: Uncategorized
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