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Costuming fabrics in a huge variety of types and a rainbow of colors
Tutu net, tulles, horsehair net, more...
Bengalines and waterfailles
Brocades
Velvets
Linings and tutu-panty fabrics
Chiffons, crepes, georgettes, silk and poly, stretch, more...
Organzas, plain and sparkle, more...
Spandex (Elastane, LYCRA), fishnet, milliskin, moleskin, more...
Mirror cloth, buckram, more...


Stretch Fabrics

A wide selection of first-quality stretch fabrics, including Powernet,
Spandex (Elastane) in several blends, weights, and textures,
Fishnet, Milliskin, Moleskin, Stretch Mesh, Body Stretch, Leotard Lining, Stretch Georgette, Stretch Velvet, and Stretch Leather.

Fabric Sample Cards are listed on the Main Fabrics page.

See FYI - More Info below for more information about stretch-type fabrics than you maybe want to know.


Please be sure of the amount and color you need when you order.
Once cut, it's yours, and cannot be returned.


Special Shipping Note for All Fabric Customers
Our shipping rates are 'close estimates' only, and are based on order-value. We may recalculate your actual shipping costs as necessary depending on the amount of fabric you order, the package weight and size, and the destination of your order. For instance, Heavy Spandex weighs nearly 1 pound per yard, so even 1 yard with packaging will have a higher shipping cost than our 'standard' shipping-rate.


Powernet
Perfect for tutu panty's! Slightly stretchy, dyes very well. Nylon.
Minimum Order: 1/2-yard, any one color
Medium-Weight Powernet:
Black, medium-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $13.80
Light Pink, medium-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $14.80
Nude (beige), medium-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $13.80
White, medium-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $13.80
Heavy-Weight Powernet:
Black, heavy-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $15.90
Light Pink, heavy-weight, 36-inch width, per yard $11.70
Nude (beige), heavy-weight, 48-inch width, per yard $13.80
White, heavy-weight, 36-inch width, per yard $10.70

Stretch Mesh (Micro-Mesh, 'Nude' Mesh)
Light-weight, 4-way stretch. Great for nude insets (modesty panels).
Thin, sheer, very light-weight, 'net-like'. The 'round' holes are smaller than our Domestic Tulle.
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard $12.50
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 10 yards any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$12.50
In stock in Black, Lt Nude, Nude
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Lt Nude, Nude

Many additional colors are available, including flourescents. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Body Stretch
A paler 'nude' than Leotard Lining, and about half the weight.
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard $15.00
Available in Nude only

Leotard Lining (Stretch Lining, Micro-Liner)
A darker 'nude' than Body Stretch, and about double the weight. It's also more supportive than Body Stretch, and great for lining the bust-line of leotards.
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard $11.00
Available in Nude only

'Shiny' Glisenette (Glistenet, Glissenet, Glessinet, etc.)
45/60-inch width (just depends on how the mill cuts and ships it)
A great fabric for 'nearly nude' areas of a bodice or other costume item, or in layers for a handkerchief, skate, or lyrical skirt. Does not have to be hemmed! Very easy to dye.
This fabric can be hard to quantify - it has several names, and comes in multiple widths, weights, textures, finishes, and 'sheerness'. We're careful to order from a mill that can provide consistent quality and color.
per yard - minimum order is 1-yard, any one color $12.00
In-stock in Black and White (dyes well) only

Stretch Fishnet - Small-Hole
Fabulous quality!
Great for Tutu Sleeves, Insets, Men's Costumes, Tights, and more!
The 'diamond' holes are about the size of our Standard Tutu Net.
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $16.00
Available in Black, Red, White only

Stretch Fishnet - Medium-Hole
Fabulous quality!
Great for Tutu Sleeves, Insets, Men's Costumes, Tights, and more!
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $16.00
Available in Black only

Stretch Fishnet - Large-Hole
Fabulous quality! Much flatter than most stretch fishnets.
Polyester/Nylon/Spandex - 58-inch width
Great for Tutu Sleeves, Insets, Men's Costumes, Tights, and more!
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $16.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 10 yards any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$16.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Red, Royal, White

Additional colors are available (we're adding them gradually):
Hot Pink, Kelly, Lime, Nude, Orange, Purple, Turquoise, Yellow
Call for current availability.


Stretch Leather (Pleather)
Perfect for men's dance boot tops, and lots of other projects!
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $16.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$16.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Bone (cream, off-white), Brown

Additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Heavy/Jumbo Spandex (Elastane)
4-way stretch, 45-inch width.
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $20.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$20.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Royal Blue, White

Many additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Nylon Spandex (Elastane)
4-way stretch, sometimes sold as Milliskin.
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $12.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$12.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Rose, Royal Blue, White, Wine

Many additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Cotton Spandex (Elastane)
4-way stretch.
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $12.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$12.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, Blue, Gray, White

Many additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Matte Spandex (Elastane)
4-way stretch, Matte finish.
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $16.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$16.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, White

Many additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


'Real' Milliskin
This is the 'really good' stuff, very gorgeous, full 4-way stretch.
per yard - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $25.00
Currently available in Black, White only

Moleskin
4-way stretch, great for costuming.
Heavier-weight than Milliskin, not as heavy as Heavy/Jumbo Spandex.
per yard, In-Stock Colors - minimum order is 1/2-yard, any one color $24.00
per yard, non-stocked Colors - minimum order is 5 yards, any one color
(allow an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery)
$24.00
Colors typically available for immediate delivery:
Black, White

Many additional colors are available. Although we are adding to our inventory every day, minimum-order amounts will apply to all non-stocked colors - please call for current availability.


Other Stretch Type Fabrics
Stretch Double Georgette is listed on the Chiffons & Georgettes page
Stretch Velvet is listed on the Velvets page



Our access to many of the largest New York, North Carolina, Los Angeles, and European fabric mills, houses, and importers allows us to order from a wide-ranging selection, and we are always adding new and exciting variations to our inventory.

So, give us a call if you're looking for a costuming fabric or a color you don't see on these pages - if we don't have it, we can usually find it for you pretty quick. (Minimum order amounts will depend on the fabric and the mill, and may range from a few yards to a full bolt.)


FYI - More Information About Stretch Fabrics

The words 'spandex', 'lycra', 'elastane', 'elaspan', 'dorlastan', and others are frequently (and incorrectly) used to describe nearly all stretch-type fabrics. But, 'spandex' (typically used in North America and Australia) and 'elastane' (typically used in Europe and elsewhere) are the generic names for a particular man-made fiber used in stretchy fabrics, not for the fabric itself.

And, LYCRA®, Elaspan®, Dorlastan®, and Linel® are actually registered brandnames of the various companies that make spandex/elastane fibers. LYCRA® and Elaspan® are owned by Invista (formerly a division of DuPont), Dorlastan® was formerly owned by Germany's Bayer and now by Asahi Kasei Spandex Europe, and Linel® is owned by Europe's Fillatice.

Spandex/elastane fibers are used in various ways to create different kinds of stretch fabric. The spandex threads may used plain, or they may be wrapped with threads of a natural fiber like cotton or silk, or another man-made fiber like nylon or polyester. A fabric may be woven in both directions entirely with spandex threads, or entirely with 'wrapped' spandex threads, or a combination of these. The 'added' fibers modify and enhance the fabrics overall 'stretchiness', appearance, feel, drape, durability, dyability, washability, and many other traits.

The types and combination of fibers used in a particular fabric determine the amount and type of stretch that fabric will have. A fabric woven of all spandex threads will have 100 percent stretch length-wise and width-wise. A fabric woven of spandex threads width-wise only will stretch across it's width but not it's length. If the spandex threads are tightly wrapped with another fiber the stretch will be less than if the threads are loosely wrapped.

Plus, depending on the manufacturer and actual composition, a spandex fiber may be created with more stretch or less, or of a thicker or thinner thread. These factors also have an effect on the type and quality of the final fabric.

A garment made from fabric with as little as 2-percent spandex has a tremendous ability to retain it's shape. Body-hugging garments, such as swimwear, sportswear, and corsetry are typically made from fabrics with 15- to 40-percent spandex.

The name 'spandex' is actually an anagram of 'expands' - EX_PAND_S becomes S_PAND_EX.


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