Spandex Fabric

by Janet MacKay

Here is a really good question about spandex, aka lycra fabrics Janet from W.A. sent.

I am making a ballet tutu for my 8-year-old granddaughter and I cannot remember if you can use Lycra as it is or if it has a nap or certain way of laying a pattern on it.

I think you are asking me if Lycra (aka spandex) has a nap.

What is a nap? This is a fabric that has a pile or the fibers are raised. When you brush the fibers a certain way to lay out your pattern the colours may appear lighter or darker depending on the direction.

Generally, Lycra fabric does not have a nap. That being said, if you are using a stretch velvet/velour or a spandex with a sheen or pattern, then you would want your pattern pieces to run in the same directions.
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