Spandex 101: The Basics How to Make Lycra Costumes


The original how to make lycra costumes and other stuff out of spandex – totally loving this series. See also part 2 of the same series. Well done!

The Geeky Seamstress

10440160_595637963895647_1064976807009881959_n Spandex: Fabric of choice for ridiculous (but awesome) comic book costumes. Photo by Black Vest Photography.

Pull up a chair, grab some coffee, and let’s chat about spandex. Spandex is an amazing fabric for both cosplay and everyday wear. It’s amazing for any project that needs a bit of stretch, whether you’re looking to turn yourself into a superhero or make a pair of sexy yoga pants.

Just to be upfront, I don’t feel particularly skilled at working with spandex. However, I have been dabbling with it for about a year now, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way.

Mindy05final - Copy My Kotobukiya Rogue bodysuit consists of both moleskin and milliskin fabric. Bodysuit made by Meredith Placko. Photo by Aperture Ashley.

Terminology

First up, let’s talk terminology. Spandex (or elastine outside of North America) is a synthetic fabric known for its exceptional stretchiness. Many knit…

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2 thoughts on “Spandex 101: The Basics How to Make Lycra Costumes

    • Thanks for writing such cool content! Love to see some super hero like exercise gear. Would be cool to see super heroes pounding the pavement rather than boring black spandex! Can’t wait to see whats next – regards LL

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