In this video May explains that although Lycra can sometimes fill people with horror, it is a lovely, stretchy fabric that behaves well.
May shows us the range of different Lycra colours. She describes black Lycra as a good staple but the brightly coloured and patterned versions of this fabric are great for eye-catching costumes. May demonstrates how its stretchiness is perfect for dancewear, leotards and sportswear.
When sewing Lycra, May recommends trialling your chosen Lycra sample first before sewing.
May stresses it is essential to have seams that give when sewing Lycra for clothes or costumes. An overlocker can accommodate Lycra very easily. However, if you do not have an overlocker setting, you can use a very tiny zigzag stitch instead, which will help the seam to stretch and the outfit to move.
May mentions you may need to stabilize the seam, depending on what you are creating. This can be done by using narrow clear elastics, but there are lots of different products on the market to stabilize seams. If you are not sure, pop into your local Fabric Land shop and ask what is available.