It is no secret that I am a leotard-making fool, as of late (see here and here)! Well, that hasn’t slowed down much, since the washing mishap (you can read about it here). BTW, when fabric is labeled with “hand wash cold/ line dry“, it is a good idea to follow it. *ends public service announcement*
Anyhow, after making lots of custom-fitted leotards for my gymnast, I can say that no two fabrics are equal and the fabric makes the leo! Case in point:
I found myself perusing The Fabric Fairy website one night, and was blown away by how many fantastic lycra/spandex fabrics they carry and the reasonable prices. Serious rabbit hole of choices. Right then and there, I realized with utter clarity that I needed to work with that fish scale fabric as soon as possible, and it needed to be on a leotard.
AND OH MY GOODNESS I WAS RIGHT
This fabric is perfect for leos. It sewed up beautifully and has a nice weight to it. Not too thin, which has happened to us a few times with other stores. Thinner fabric will not only be a little tougher to work with because it curls and slips, but it can also be see-through. Ugh. Not the look we are going for. This, on the other hand, is delightful.
The incredibly sad news is: they sold out of it! I told you. Amazing.
Sometimes colors on my monitor are a little off when I am ordering fabric, so I always ask if they would guide me to a good match for accent fabric. I am so glad I did. Originally I chose a different one, and it turns out, it wouldn’t have matched at all. This color matches exactly and is just the small pop it needed.
My husband thinks I should make myself a pair of pants out of it. I must admit, I am tempted!
The second fabric I used, which is called Wildflower Saturation, was chosen by Falafel. She loves the colors on the cacti! So happy and colorful.
This one is slightly more slick, especially on the inside. The 75% stretch makes it a great choice for swimwear. Paired with this accent fabric, it is striking!
Although Fabric Fairy was kind enough to provide me with this fabric, they have gained a loyal customer. Their fabric is awesome. All opinions are 100% mine.
My girl is trying out for two teams this week, and now has some pretty inspiring leos to help her do her best!