Swim Lycra – Fabric Base Info

Our Swim Lycra has a 4-way stretch with great recovery. It’s also the fabric choice for anyone wanting to make their own swimwear, leotards/dancewear and sportswear.

Width: 150cm
GSM: 260gsm (+/- 5%)
Properties: 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex
Minimum Order Quantity: 1m

Care Instructions: Rinse in cold water as soon as possible after use, to wash off any chemicals, chlorine, suncream or saltwater. Cool Machine wash, do not use any fabric softeners. Do not tumble dry or iron.


Review by Heidi Mansfield of Nug and Bug

Cloth Cuts Swim Lycra is a soft and stretchy base with an SPF50+ rating. It’s perfect for swimwear, and would also be excellent for dancewear.

The recovery is probably one of the best I’ve used; it holds its shape well, both in and out of the water (it snaps back to its original shape and offers some resistance). To date, it has resisted pilling and has shown no signs of colour fade.

I have primarily made rash shirts from Cloth Cuts Swim Lycra because my 3.5yo is a real water baby. He wears them for weekly swimming lessons at an indoor heated pool, as well as wearing them for swims in backyard pools and on the beach. The base is sturdy and opaque, so I have not needed to use lining for these items. For swim trunks, I’ve lined only with AWJ where necessary.

It glides through a domestic sewing machine, overlocker and coverstitch without missing a beat, and does not slip and slide like some other Swim Lycras I’ve used.

The best thing is that through Cloth Cuts I can order this amazing base in not only any CC print (new or old) and in prints from the Artist Marketplace, but I can order it in custom prints. I definitely call that a big win!!