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nude cotton lycra?

topic posted Tue, October 4, 2005 - 10:26 PM by  shireen
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i have looked everywhere i can think of to find this stuff, and even the guy at the "largest fabric store in the northwest" is telling me that no one makes it any more.

can this be true? i swear i have a pair of underwear around here that are nude-colored (read: white people skin tone) cotton lycra. the guy at the fabric store said it's usually used for making doll heads/limbs.

please keep me from cutting up every pair of underwear i can find to make the body suits i am looking for...

burning brightly and flying high,
shireen
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shireen
Portland
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  • Re: nude cotton lycra?

    Wed, October 5, 2005 - 8:00 PM
    Get white and dye it to match your skin tone?

    If you don't necessarily need to make the bodysuit yourself, there are tons of places you can purchase them already made, in a variety of different styles. Look at dance stores, in person or online (I like www.discountdance.com but there are hundreds of different places).
    You might also try fabric sellers that specialize in dancewear fabrics. www.sugarpetals.com used to sell some types of nude spandex, though some of it was powernet type stuff and I don't recall what all they sold. But those are the types of places that would have it.
    • Re: nude cotton lycra?

      Thu, October 6, 2005 - 1:19 PM
      thanks, ladies, but here's the thing: because i am a fire performer and do acrobatics, it needs to be cotton lycra, not spandex or other materials (it's pretty easy to find nude nylon lycra, but the nylon is slippery to stand/grip on and flammable to boot).

      my only issue with dying is that i've never been able to get the fabric to take the dye evenly, and i don't want to look like i have a skin disease. any suggestions on how to do this well?

      i'm thankful for the brainstorms, and i will call the online fabric place...any further ideas?

      burning brightly and flying high,
      shireen
      • Re: nude cotton lycra?

        Thu, October 6, 2005 - 5:52 PM
        I have seen cotton lycra unitards/bodystocking at places like discount dance before. Don't write them off immediately. Their selctions chages every season, so sometimes they'll have it and sometimes they won't.

        Cotton lycra will dye better than most things.

        Try www.dharmatrading.com.

        Hell, they might even have cotton lycra bodysuits already, or just the fabric bolts, in addition to the dyes you'll need. And they are very helpful and will walk you throught it/give you tips/whatever you need. If you don't see what you're looking for online, I suggest you call and talk to them. They are great to work with.
  • Re: nude cotton lycra?

    Mon, November 7, 2005 - 9:17 AM
    spandex house is my new best friend forever.

    the swatches i got were perfect-- thanks for all the help!

    burning brightly and flying high,
    shireen

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