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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!

January 13, 2012 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.

October 17, 2011 Posted Under Uncategorized

Stretch Fabric for Wall Art

Wall panel art is a relatively cheap way to decorate a wall space.  Choosing the appropriate stretch fabric for the panels, however, may be more tricky than one thinks.  There are endless patterns available for purchase, but many are not suitable for wall art.  Those of us who don’t have a great eye for design often have trouble choosing which fabric to use.  Fortunately, by remembering a few simple tips, one can make their design experience as painless as possible and you might just have a little fun in the process.

Panel Wall Art using Stretch Fabric

Panel Wall Art using Stretch Fabric

The first step, which is perhaps the most important and enjoyable one, is deciding what kind of stretch fabric you ultimately wish to purchase.  One of the more basic designs is a series of pastel colored panels that are either lined evenly across or placed on top of each other on a wall.  The advantage of such a design is that it blends well with practically every other design imaginable.  So you don’t have to worry as much about color clashes or contrasts.  Furthermore, it is the simplest one to use as there is no consideration given to scale.

If you do choose a more complex pattern, however, then you have to first ensure that the design can be seen from across the room.  Since the panels will be hanging on the wall, you don’t want visitors having to squint in order to see the details.  To avoid such a situation, choose stretch fabric that has a larger design.  You can generally find such fabrics either at craft shops or art supply stores or choose from a far wider selection available online.

You’ll want to cut the stretch fabric so that it is larger than your frame.  It is recommended that you leave one and a half to two inches of extra fabric on all sides so that it wraps around to the backside.  Otherwise, you will have to either staple the fabric on the front or sides of the frame, which will leave unsightly staples in view of anyone who is close by.  Once you have the fabric positioned on your panel, you’ll want to pull it tightly, making sure that no slack is left on the front side.  Finally, using the staple gun, add a couple of staples to each corner on the backside and then add more staples around the frame, making sure to pull the fabric tightly as you go along.  After you’ve finished, you can trim any excess fabric away using a pair of cloth scissors.

Large Wall Panel Art using Stretch Fabric

Large Wall Panel Art using Stretch Fabric

Using stretch fabric to create wall panel art is an excellent temporary or long term design solution for a wall space.  While such designs aren’t very durable, they can easily last a few years without any problems whatsoever.  If you live in a household where someone smokes, however, you may have to change panels more often, perhaps every couple of years or so.  White fabrics will yellow over time and dust accumulation can also be a problem.  Then again, where else can someone purchase a stunning work of art for less than a few dollars?   Not only does stretch fabric panel art look great, but it perhaps the most cost effective design solution available.

January 27, 2011 Posted Under Uncategorized

Stretch Vinyl

Stretch vinyl is a very versatile fabric that can be used for a lot of different clothing, household, and personal needs items.  Stretch vinyl is being seen more and more in clothing lately due to a big demand in more fetish futuristic looks.  Many looks have been inspired by various musical artists including Lady Gaga and Christian Aguilera.  Other inspirations are that of the fashion runways this season where leather seems to hit big, however, due to many individuals’ financial situations vinyl is making the top of the list when searching for leather alternatives.

There are many items of clothing that can be made out of stretch vinyl.  Outfits range from men to women, dresses, tops, pants, shoes, and more.  Due to the stretch nature of this particular type of vinyl it makes it easier for consumers to put on, and it allows for a more versatility.  A favorite outfit category for stretch vinyl designers is club wear.  Club wear involves a lot of skin tight fabrics that are revealing, easily washed, and durable.

In clubs drinks can be spilled and people can bump into you, therefore, having a fabric like stretch vinyl and vinyl in general insures that you won’t destroy your favorite outfit just because someone was careless.  Another point about club wear is that individuals who go to a club are not there to blend in with the crowd, they want to be noticed.  They want all eyes on their direction, and since the majority of club attendees are single, when you are wearing something that is as statement making as a bright dramatic blue stretch vinyl dress, you are sure to get a lot of attention.

Club dress made from stretch vinyl.Club wear items made out of stretch vinyl consist of brightly colored mini dresses, skin tight corsets, hot pants, mini skirts, and short jumpers.  These items are made for making a statement.

When people go out about their regular day, they are not going to be wearing something as dramatic as club wear, therefore, there has to be other items of clothing comprised of stretch vinyl that designers have created just for everyday life.  Many items such as raincoats, pants, jackets, and shoes have been created to meet these needs.  Shoes may surprise many individuals as being made out of vinyl, however, for items such as thigh high boots, the fabric used has the stretch like stretch vinyl, and otherwise it would take an extremely long time to get them on.

Men can even enjoy the ease of wearing stretch vinyl through shirts, pants, jackets, and accessories.  Men who are more outgoing and unafraid of what people might think are generally more willing to step out in public in a completely stretch vinyl top.  However, just like women have club wear, men do as well.  Men want to stand out in the crowd to.  Stretch vinyl is very popular amongst the fetish and gay communities, because they are such statement making pieces.  A gay man can come out in a stretch vinyl outfit and immediately get recognition and attention.  When you want to bring attention to a cause, sometimes simply dressing wild does the trick.  Stretch vinyl has also been regularly seen in the costumes of the gay pride parades around the world.

stretch vinyl nurse outfitCostumes both for Halloween and for personal uses are very big uses of stretch vinyl, because stretch vinyl is relatively inexpensive.  Also, its durability allows a costume purchaser to be secure in the fact that the costume just purchased can live many lives, in many venues, and in many ways.   Female costumes are a big source of stretch vinyl usage, because women love fabrics that hug their curves.  With stretch vinyl, women are able to easily maneuver into the garment without feeling as though they are being sucked into a specific body form like other stiff vinyl products do.

Stretch vinyl is also regularly used in the creation of swimsuits for both men and women; the same is for underwear and lingerie.  Women’s fetish lingerie has a lot of stretch vinyl elements that contribute to its strong and sexy look.  Men also enjoy the use of stretch vinyl in a lot of thongs and shorts produce by fetish and lingerie shops.

Stretch vinyl is very versatile, and can be used in many different ways.  It has the ability to fit and mold perfectly to the wearer’s body, and it is not as hard and tough as older vinyl treatments.  This creation has branched a new line of clothing that ranges from club and everyday wear to underwear and lingerie.  Those are some pretty tremendous gaps bridged by a single fabric.

August 19, 2010 Posted Under Uncategorized

Fashions You Can Make with Stretch Vinyl

Stretch vinyl is an extremely versatile fabric that a lot of people take for granted. Whether you need to dress up for an occasion or you just want something comfy to hang out in, stretch vinyl can be a great fabric to work with. But perhaps you need a few ideas to get your mind rolling in the vinyl direction. Below are some different fashion looks that stretch vinyl can be incorporated in. Use them as a basis to elaborate on for your next fashion project.

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Halter Tops
Halter tops are usually associated with nights out at the club or at a fun party. During those occasions, it is only expected that you look a bit on the sexy side. Stretch vinyl can be your venue for that sex appeal. This fabric works great for halter tops because it hugs the body and lifts the breasts to provide that perfect cleavage to turn a few heads.

Halter tops are also difficult to work with sometimes because they don’t go on like traditional shirts. The stretch of the vinyl allows you to easily slip the shirt over your head and head out with the girls.

Sexy Skirts
Skirts always look great in stretch fabric because they help emphasize the natural hourglass shape of a woman’s body. To work with stretch vinyl on a skirt, you might want to make sure that the pattern you use for the skirt is a bit longer than what you actually want the skirt to be.

Vinyl has a tendency to ride up over time, making them shorter than you might actually intend for them to be. If you don’t want to have to continuously pull your skirt down, you might just want to make the skirt a bit on the long side. Don’t make it too long of course; then it would lose its sex appeal. Just add an inch or two of leeway to the bottom.

Bands on Shirts
There is a reason why belts worn under the breasts came back in style recently – because women look good with bands above their waist. This again plays into the hourglass figure that every woman strives to portray with her outfits.

You can make a hot top out of whatever fabric you want, but then insert a belt of stretch vinyl right in the middle to create that empire waist sort of vibe. Just make sure that the vinyl that you use complements the colors and patterns featured throughout the rest of the top. This band should serve multiple purposes.

“Hot Pants”
Alright, you don’t have to actually make yourself some 80s hot pants, but the general idea of stretch pants is there. Stretch vinyl can look great in a pair of pants if the pants are shaped the right way. Sometimes a flouncy look works well, and other times, tight is right. It’s a matter of what works well on your body. Stretch vinyl is always comfortable, but it isn’t always in style.

Try to keep everything in neutral colors to avoid that hot pants vibe. Bright blues and reds are not exactly suitable for today’s fashion world. Keep that in mind when selecting the stretch vinyl you want to use to construct your pants.

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Strapless Tops
The stretch quality of stretch vinyl makes it perfect for strapless tops. This elasticity allows the shirt to stay up with little supports other than the cut of the shirt itself. Plus, this stretch quality allows for a sexier appeal than most other fabrics, again, as long as the cut is right. The thing you have to worry about with strapless tops is how to work in the built in bra.

If you have a light fabric, you may have to double up on it so you don’t show your bra, pants, or otherwise. Some stretch vinyl is very thin, so a double layer won’t hurt you regardless. You may need an elastic band on the top to keep the girls covered, but that can easily be sewn in along the way. The pattern that you use to construct the shirt should indicate what notions will be necessary. Worse comes to worse, add a few spaghetti straps and forget about it.

March 22, 2010 Posted Under Uncategorized
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