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Sewing wovens w/lycra

Rosiem | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m sorry if this has been discussed before – i can’t seem to find exactly what I need in the archives, so please bear with me!

I’m sewing a pair of capris in a cotton fabric that has 10% lycra in it –  just enough for a little give.

Do I sew these as if they were totally woven, or do I need to make certain changes in stitch, etc.?

Many thanks IA



  1. mem | | #1

    you sew them as if using a normal woven fabric but make sure that you make the waist band with the NON stretch running around you or you will be forever hitching them up.

  2. alotofstitches | | #2

    Rosie, I pre-shrunk my fabric 'cause I am not going to air dry as suggested.  Shrinks alot!  I sew same as for woven and fit as for woven as well since I don't want skin tight capris.  If you are sewing a style without a waistband as is popular be sure to put a "stay" in the seam of capri waist/waist facing.  I use left over selvage from lining  but narrow twill will work.  The waist will continue to stretch unless you use the stay.

    1. SewNancy | | #3

      I used some iron on stay tape at the waist of stretch pants or skirts. It works well.

  3. cafms | | #4

    If you are putting in a zipper a little iron on interfacing in the seam allowance will stablize the area.  I wash and dry my fabric with lycra the same as regular fabric and iron it with a warm iron. Also have used steam on it to get rid of stretching or puckering when sewing crossgrain.  Just don't leave the iron in one place very long.

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