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    What's the best nylon to spandex ratio for a fabric tail?

    I'm sorry if someone has touched on this already but if they have I can't seem to find the thread anywhere.

    I'm looking into making a fabric tail down the road and already know that a 4-way stretch nylon/spandex material is best for a beginner at tailmaking. I've done some shopping around to find the colors I need but the one thing that concerns me is the ratio of nylon to spandex.

    I see various brands say 80% nylon and 20% spandex or 82% nylon and 18% spandex. I want whatever ratio will give me the most use out of my tail in the long run not just what's cheaper.

    I will mainly take my tail to a pool but it will see the ocean at some point. If this matters I intend to hand sew my tail. I'm experienced with costume making so I personally don't see hand sewing as an issue.

    What ratio would be the best for what I have in mind?

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    One with a higher spandex count as it is stretchier.
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    Okay, thanks! Also, have you or anyone else bought the Milliskin Shiny nylon spandex (80:20) from spandexhouse.com? They have the colors I want but I'm worried about it being too thin. Is that fabric known to be good for tailmaking?

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    Not me, but I think another mer did make a tail out of miliskin. I can't remember who though.
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