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January 14, 2007

Have We Got Lycra for You

Filed under: Business Tools,Embellishment,Fabric,Industry — phyllisc @ 9:13 pm

Both of my daughters take dance, and they had 2 shows this weekend. Usually, they get their costumes about a week before the shows, and in the past these have been your typically heinous El Cheapo quick-‘n’dirty-I-paid-$75-for-THAT-THING? And of course, because I sew, this is even more painful because I could make a dance costume with one hand tied behind my back.

However, this time I was pleasantly surprised to see two well made costumes. I discovered these had been custom made by one of the Moms.Well, when their costumes didn’t appear until the night of the dress rehearsal I figured I should introduce myself to this poor woman. A Sewing Diva to the rescue – as soon as I told her I can sew she looked as if she had seen the Holy Grail! So I might as well help out because I have some sewing resources to share with her and I’ll get paid for it too.

Here on Sewing Divas, we love fine fabrics, but sometimes Italian woolens, Swiss Nelona bastiste, or Thai silks are not what you need. Sometimes you need glitz, glitz and more glitz, and today I want to tell you about Associated Fabrics Corporation, a New York City company that specializes in theatrical fabrics. 250 colors of 4-way stretch Lycra? Got it. Bengaline in 80 colors? Got it. Hologram Foil Lycra in 14 silver and gold color combinations across 20 colors? Got it. Sparkle Crepe Organdy in 37 colors? Got it. Polyester Chiffon in 46 colors? Got it. And don’t forget the stretch velvets (with glitter or without), animal prints of all kinds, netting and stretch laces. Plus trims such as 2 inch sequined elastic waistband in 28 colors. The swatch catalog is huge, it’s a thick 3-ring binder with big 3 to 4 inch square swatches.

AFC has been around since 1928, and the gents who work there are wonderful, classic NYC garment district guys. So if you ever need fabrics for gigs, theatre, dance, gymnastics and figure skating then AFC is pretty much one-stop shopping. I highly recommend them.




  1. Yikes! I just got one of those El-Cheapo dance dress in to fix for a competition next weekend!

    Thanks for the link, now you’ve the eye of my inner magpie!

    Comment by Summerset — January 15, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  2. But do they have lycra with boyband logos on it? I found some N*Sync lycra remanents (1/2 yd pieces) my a local store (Mill End in Portland) and made my husband a swimsuit out of it. (yes, we are a nutty family.)

    Comment by vespabelle — January 15, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

  3. Great resources for hard to find lycras, and theatrical fabrics!!! Many thanks!

    Comment by Annette — January 15, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

  4. Phyllis you are a blessed woman. I’ve been the mom making those costumes for performance groups and yes you would be viewed as the second coming when the push is on. This year I had the pleasure of making dresses for DD’s college vocal jazz group – I got to choose the materials!! Wool crepe, ambiance lining… it was nearly a blissful experience.

    Comment by AliceB — January 16, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

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