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Dancewear Fabrics at Calico Laine

Dancewear fabrics have been a part of Calico Laine for many years. We offer everything from stunning lycras to sequinned numbers for the back row. We have everything you need to create professional finished dance costumes for any level.


Lycra Fabric is the best go-to fabric for any kind of sport or dance wear. The 4-way stretch in lycra means it stretches in all directions and allows your costumes to become like a second skin. This makes it easy to move in and comfortable to wear. Lycra is a great leotard and legging fabric, meaning you have a lovely base garment to create your costume around. Here at Calico Laine, we offer a huge variety of stunning colours and designs to get your imagination going.

Pro Tip: The best way to sew lycra is using an overlocker. If you don't have an overlocker to hand, set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch to allow the fabric to stretch with the seam. If you don't use a stretch stitch, your garment will 'crack' and split down the seams.

Jersey - Dancewear fabrics

Another great stretch fabric is our range of Jersey Fabrics. Not quite as stretchy as lycra, jersey makes beautifully comfortable joggers, hoodies and sweatshirts. These still look great on stage if you aren't a fan of tight costumes. Our Cotton Jersey is a single-knit fabric with lovely breathable properties. This is ideal for children's costumes as it is beautifully soft and easy to wash. Our gorgeous colour range would look great in a brightly-coloured hoodie for your little ones to go to practice in!

Chiffon and Organza - Dancewear fabrics

An easy way to create stunning ballet costumes and flowing skirts is to layer circles of chiffon or organza over your lycra leotard. Our beautiful range of Cationic Chiffons create elegant, flowing garments that move as you dance.

Another great layering fabric is Organza Fabric, not as fluid as chiffon but it can be used to create some stunning effects. Organza is a sheer, lightweight fabric which often has a beautiful sheen to it. Here at Calico Laine we offer a huge variety of colours and diamante designs to bring your creation to life.

Sequin Fabrics

If you prefer something a little more sparkly, our range of Sequin Fabrics look great on stage. We offer a range of sequinned jerseys and embellished lycras, allowing you to wow the crowd. Why not try mixing a brightly coloured sequin fabric into your leotard for a fabulous paneled update on a comfortable costume.