Nope, that's not the case with these beautiful Bamboo Spandex Stripes from Nature's Fabrics. I have fallen in love with bamboo fabric. Who knew it would be so soft, so comfortable to wear, and so easy to sew? I certainly didn't!
Sewing the Bamboo
I have sewn with quite a few different types of fabrics, and for the longest, I was a bit nervous to try out the bamboo for apparel, because for some reason, I had the misconception that it would be slinky and hard to sew. But now that I've finally given it a try, I have to admit that I was wrong! It sews up just like cotton spandex, but maybe didn't roll as much.
So, I definitely wouldn't hesitate to purchase Bamboo Spandex in the future! It's nice to sew!
Wearing the Bamboo
So I've honestly been stuck on sewing double brushed poly a lot lately. I don't know why, because that means I've also been wearing double brushed poly a lot lately, and everyone knows polyester is not the most breathable fabric, which is probably not the best for a Louisiana Summer! 🤣
But Bamboo is SO NICE! I took outdoor photos in my Bamboo Cardigan, and wasn't dying. It's more breathable! It also absorbs some (I've actually used bamboo fleece for sewing cloth diapers because of the absorbency), so it wicks away moisture from the body. Perfect for Louisiana summer. I'm almost wishing I had made something more summery with my fabric. Maybe I need more. 😜
About The Bamboo Fabric
According to the Nature's Fabrics website, this Bamboo/ Spandex is made from 66% bamboo viscose, 28% organic cotton and 6% spandex. And apparently this leads to SOFT fabric! The fabric has about 75% stretch in the width and 25% stretch in the length, so you're open to a large variety of possibilities with this fabric! You can really make almost anything!
What I Made
So for myself, I made the Anneline Patterns Coffee Cardigan. I had been eying it for a bit, and meant to make one sooner, but never did. I initially planned to sew a dress with this fabric, but when it arrived, I knew that it was the PERFECT fabric for my light weight cardigan. I'm glad I chose to make the cardigan, because I absolutely LOVE it!
When the fabric first arrived, Daniel asked me to make a blanket out of it instead of anything else, but I made the cardigan. Poor guy. I had enough let over and he said he would like a pair of shorts, so he got a pair of shorts! These are the Brindille and Twig Pocket Shorts. They're super cute and comfy! He has a Walmart tee with added applique to match. I think this fabric makes a super cute cactus, and he really is lookin' sharp! 😉
Thank you so much for reading this post! Now, Let's Go Shopping for Some Bamboo! 😉
To purchase some Bamboo Spandex fabric, see this website https://www.naturesfabrics.com/bamboo-fabric/bamboo-spandex-jersey.html -- hint hint, it's on sale this week!!
The general Nature's Fabrics site is https://www.naturesfabrics.com/
Join the Nature's Fabrics Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/naturesfabricschat/
The Patterns I Used:
I used the Anneline Patterns Coffee Cardigan https://annelaine.com/products/coffee-tea-cardigan-women-0-20 (This is my affiliate link - I get a small percentage if you choose to purchase this pattern).
I used the Brindille and Twig Pocket Shorts http://prz.io/lQglPYfA (This is my referral link. I get points if you use it, and you get a percentage off of your first Brindille and Twig Purchase).
Be sure to come follow me on Instagram, if you do not already! I'd love to see what you make too!