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Amykakes
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Date: 4/25/12 8:15 PM

Hello everyone, I am making a gymnastics leotard and I wanted to sew applique's on the stretch velvet fabric I have, but in my pattern instructions, it strongly advises not to. Why is this?
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In reply to Amykakes

Date: 4/25/12 10:14 PM

Which pattern are you using?

What material are your appliques made from?

It can be done but there are things you do need to take into consderation.

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Date: 4/25/12 11:09 PM

The main thing is not to have them too large, or the appliques will make the leotard lose some of it's stretch.
In leotards where I've used alot of embellishment, I have to add a zipper and go up a size or 2.

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In reply to SheBear0320

Date: 4/25/12 11:22 PM

Jalie 3138. I am using the same kind of material for my applique as I am for the main leotard, stretch velvet, but different color. I am actually just adding a few stripes across the front and back.
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Date: 4/26/12 1:07 AM

If it is the same fabric you shouldn't have any problem as long as the degrees of stretch are going the same way (i.e. greatest DOS in the same direction). Also use either a zigzag, twin needle or coverstitch to attach them so you don't lose much of the stretch with your stitch type.

When using non-stretch fabrics for appliques, you need to keep them small as the previous poster said so that you don't affect the stretch -- alternate closures may be necessary if the appliques take away from the stretch of the leotard.

Good luck -- I look forward to seeing your finished leotard.

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"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"
Stash Tally: net +38.5 yds (2014)
2015 Stash Tally: 106.5 yds out/122.875 yds in (net +16.375 yds)

2016 Stash Busting:
24.125 yds sewn (as of 06/02/16)
13.75 yds purchased (as of 06/02/16)

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In reply to Amykakes

Date: 4/26/12 11:23 AM

Stretch velvet is a slippery little eel. Use a washable glue stick (not pins) to hold the applique in place.
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