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« on: December 26, 2008 07:07:08 AM »

I am planning to make my little girl her birthday dress in the next week.  I intend to make a peasant style dress.  I have one fabric for the bodice and skirt, and a contrast fabric for the sleeves, a contrast band between the bodice and skirt and for a ruffle at the bottom.  I love the look I've seen many of you ladies acheive with the sleeves by putting elastic into the sleeve and would like to know the way that you accomplish this.  TIA! 

« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2008 08:23:31 AM »

Very simple.  If you know how to make a casing (the same way you do for a pair of pants) you can easily add elastic to sleeves.  All that needs to be done is fold the sleeve under a quarter of an inch, then fold it back again a half inch, press then sew leaving a small opening to insert your elastic.  My rule for figuring out the amt of elastic is usually to take the circumf. measurement of the sleeve and take a little more than half of that.  So if your sleve measures 12 around your elastic piece should be maybe 7 no more than 8.

In sleeves you should use a 1/4 elastic.

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2008 01:47:49 PM »

Oops, I meant to specify that it is when you put the elastic in the sleeve by the upper part of the arm.  It will be a 3/4 length sleeve, but I want to put some elastic in at the tricep area.

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2008 02:27:33 PM »

I like to use bias tape to make a casing...you get the wide, single fold kind.  Open one of the sides, and stitch along the crease, fold it down, top stitch around the other side, right on the edge, leaving a bit open to insert the elastic.  I actually just overlap the two ends of bias tape, top stitch all the way around, and thread the elastic through the open ends.  It takes a little finagling to get the other end out, and sewn to, but it works beautifully.

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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2008 12:17:24 AM »

When I made mine I never did a casing, I just sewed the elastic straight onto the fabric where I wanted it. I'm lazy Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2008 11:00:31 AM »

Thanks so much for both of your responses.  I want to be lazy and just sew it right in, but I've never done that before and I bought some expensive fabric to make the uber special birthday dress with.  I think I will try Aislynn's method with the bias fold tape this go 'round.

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