Trying double-brushed poly/spandex knit!


Now that’s a long title!

I’ve never used this fabric before, mostly because it just sounds warm. Actually, it’s really similar to poly/lycra ITY knit – smooth, thin hand, nice drape, and no wrinkles.

It seemed perfect for a pair of Love Notions Sabrina Slim, my favorite legging pattern (here).

Sabrina Slims Line Art

For this pair, I went down a size, to a 12. If I went by my measurements, I would use size 10, but I don’t wear skin-tight pants, so the 12 is perfect.

Fabric from Cali Fabrics

I’m also wearing one of my favorite tops, New Look 6323. It has the prettiest back…



As with my previous versions, I modified the leggings to drop straight down from just above the knee. This prevents any twist in the lower leg, and I just like the way it looks. I also added 1″ to the 30″ hem line.


One of the nicest features of this pattern is the wide (2″) contour waistband. Beautiful fit.


Some thoughts on using 2″ elastic:

  • I use knit elastic, which I order in 12 yd rolls from Wawak (here). I love knit elastic! It lays flat when it’s stretched, and it can be trimmed to a more narrow width with no raveling or fraying. This roll is a great bargain, compared to small yardage packs.
  • I leave the waistband facing seam open, and insert the elastic there, after the entire band is serged to the pants. BTW, this is how I insert elastic for everything.


Bottom line: IMO, this is great fabric – it’s washes beautifully, is easy to sew, and has vibrant color. And it’s no warmer than, e.g., ITY knit 🙂

Bye for now – Coco


11 thoughts on “Trying double-brushed poly/spandex knit!

  1. I am so glad to hear your opinion of this fabric, Coco. I shy away from polyester fabrics for pants most of the time. They are too hot for me, don’t breathe. But I may give this fabric a try. I love your pants! It’s a great print, and your top is very graceful looking. Thanks for the tips on where you buy as well.


  2. Great print on those leggings. Never heard of that fabric description before. I just put an order in yesterday at Wawaks! I’ll have to check out Cali.


  3. Coco, I love your blog. Truthfully, I used to make all my daughter’s clothing and mine. The price of fabric and notions has gotten so high that I stopped. In the spring I wanted to make my granddaughter a few summer dresses. I couldn’t make a dress for less than $25-30. I wound up buying her several cute items on the Hannah Anderson website.

    Can you comment, and perhaps give us some of your incite into purchasing fabric and notions?

    Thank you so very much.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. I hear you – fabric and notions can be extremely expensive. I buy fabric only when it’s on sale. Favorite sites are Cali and Fabric Mart.These leggings – 1.5 yd at 7.99/yd, but I had a $5 coupon from Cali. With elastic and shipping (I ordered 4 fabrics), my cost was about $10. Benefit – it’s sewn well, is a unique print, and fits me. Wawak has fantastic sales, so I check their site all the time, I even buy my Gutermann thread there. BTW, Marshalls Dry Goods has wonderful prices on cotton wovens…Hope this is helpful!


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