Size Down When Sewing Stretch Fabrics (Video)
One of the things that makes stretch fabrics great to sew with is you don’t have to fit your garments perfectly. Because they stretch!
Fashion designer and sewer Dora Michelson has a rich history of working with stretch fabrics (at one point, she made go-go outfits for Las Vegas dancers!), and when we met up at the Wynn, she shared her tips with me for getting the perfect fit when sewing stretch fabrics as well as some ideas for what to do with those leftover scraps.
And because we’re in Las Vegas, we thought we’d talk about stretch fabrics; bikinis, go-go outfits. Dora, why don’t you share with us a couple of your best stretch fabric sewing tips?
Love stretch fabric. Probably one of the biggest stretch tips would be to always size down. It tends to be really big if you stretch it out too much. I always go a little bit smaller in size, and then the other thing would be to always keep those extra pieces. You can always use them in the headbands, sarongs; you can use them as adornments. There’s always something you can do with some type of stretch fabric.
I have a collection at the house just for extra things.
You can make bows.
Yeah. Oh, yeah, bows. I like that.
Yeah, worst case scenario.
Oh, yeah. I like that. I like that. Pin a little bow on top the bikini.
Right, right. You can always use those. Yeah.
So keep the extra pieces and make sure you size down, because you’ll always stretch in to fit it.