Posts Tagged “vinyl”

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.

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.

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.

April 6, 2011 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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