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Topic: Wide elastic waist dress (twofer)  (Read 1225 times)
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« on: January 26, 2010 07:57:10 PM »

I've been seeing these kinds of dresses everywhere lately, and I have some wide elastic that I was hoping I could use to make one:

http://static0.modcloth.com/productshots/0025/8158/9055-1.jpg?941158d68efd42e6644 4b4caf76db09336b578 ab

They seem basic enough, but when I sat down to think about it, I couldn't figure out how I would attach the skirt (just a gathered rectangle) onto the elastic and still allow it to stretch, and then attach the skirt part to the top (an old t-shirt). If I gathered it then sewed it onto the elastic, it wouldn't stretch anymore, and using a stretch stitch would only afford me a small amount of stretch. Pulling the elastic to fit the rectangle doesn't seem practical since the skirt part will be 1.5-2x my waist measurement, but I can't think of any other way. Maybe elastic thread somehow?

Help is much appreciated Smiley
« Last Edit: January 26, 2010 08:01:44 PM by misahpea - Reason: additional picture » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010 08:52:50 PM »

I think you have to stretch the elastic as you sew, at least somewhat. If you don't want to stretch it to the full length of the skirt rectangle you can gather the skirt portion a little bit but keep it so it is still bigger than the elastic. Then stretch the elastic to equal the skirt portion as you sew (since it's gathered a little already, you don't have to stretch as much). Once you're done, it will still stretch, but even if you stretch it all the way there will still be gathers in the skirt.
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010 08:56:42 PM »

All right, that seems to make the most sense. Would it be necessary to pin it to the length of the fabric, or should I just stretch it as I sew it down?

Thanks for your help!
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010 10:26:56 AM »

I'd pin it in a few points so you know you're dividing it up evenly, then stretch between the points as you sew.
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