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« on: June 05, 2011 08:31:35 PM »

So I have tried everything I can think of and have ripped this thing our like 3 times all ready. I would really like to succeed in this project. Ok here goes.
I am working on a top that has elastic just under the bust. The top is reconstructed from a t-shirt that is a few sizes larger than I wear. I have tried stretching the elastic with the fabric on the bottom against the feed dogs. But despite careful measuring the elastic always comes out to short. So rip out number one.
Next I tried making a casing for the elastic and threading it through this was easy but since the elastic and fabric shift along th casing it bunches in weird places. Rip out number too.
Next I tried shirring the fabric under he bust. Well the elastic thread broke when I tried the top on. Tongue so rp out number 3.
I tried sewing the elastic to the top again and manged to make it work but it looks terrible. And the top didn't gather along the elastic at all. If anything it stretched out and the elastic didn't. and my bobbin thread was super bunchy.

I have a huge pile of thread scraps, elastic and ribbon on my sewing desk and a shirt that is NOT doing what I need it to. What am I doing wrong?
I am using this tutorial:
Please help me!
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011 04:29:29 AM »

I don't know quite how you did method one, but this is the way I would try it:

Cut your elastic to the measurement required. Fold it in half, mark the fold, fold it in half again, mark the folds again, fold it in half a third time and, you've got it, mark the folds again, so you should end up with 8 sections.
Mark the t.shirt in the same way, then marry up the marks, pin or tack the marks together and then sew each section at a time.

If it's not working for you even then, I'd cut a longer piece of elastic, mark it up the right size, from the centre, so you'd have a little extra either side, then pin or tack the marks as before. You should end up with a flappy piece of elastic that hopefully you'll just be able to cut off on both ends (but not yet!). Then sew from the centre outwards (so that will give you 4 sections of sewing in each direction). This will mean that you will have your extra elastic to dip into if you need to. Cut off any excess once you are happy with the fit. By doing it from the middle, you'll even it up.

8 sections is just the way I would do it, 4, 16, even 32 may do just as well, but I think 64 would drive even me mad!

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Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011 09:12:17 AM »

Thank you! I think I can manage that! I will just have to try it and see what happens this time!
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