Stretch

spandex

spandex

In 1959, DuPont first produced spandex under the brand name of Lycra for lady’s underwear. The word spandex is an anagram of the word expands. In 1968, the French Olympic ski team made a hit with their first-ever Lycra uniforms. In the 1970s, cyclists traded in their woolens for aerodynamic spandex shorts and the versatile fiber began to find its way into dancewear and tights. In the 1980s, spandex leggings became the standard costume for rock bands and superheroes leading the way to Madonna’s trend to wear innerwear as outerwear. Today, spandex sports-looks translate into new street-wear fashion at places like American Apparel.

Spandex is a lightweight and flexible fiber that can be stretched up to five times its original length without damage. While this is practical for active wear, it makes it very difficult to sew. To prevent stretching and distortion, use a serger-overlock machine that sews the seam edges with multiply threads that stretch with the fabric.

stretching

stretching

If you have a standard sewing machine, use a zigzag stitch with a new number 14 stretch machine needle. Use a scrape to test and adjust the stitch length and tension so that the fabric does not pucker. Use sharp pins so as not to snag the fabric and good quality polyester thread.

If sewing is beyond your interest and skills try a reasonably priced pair yoga pants from such manufacturers as Old Navy. These are specifically designed to feel light, provide total comfort and flow with the body so that you can stretch your senses, your mind and your body with your spandex to move freely, remain limber and develop renewed body awareness.



Your Thoughts...


All content © Copyright 2017 by Bubbe Wisdom.
Subscribe to RSS Feed – Bubbe Wisdom Blog or Container Blog