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Best way to attach chiffon skating skirts to leotard
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Date: 7/15/14 6:18 PM

Hi everyone,
does anybody have some advice on how to sew in a chiffon skirt (which is not a strechy material) into a lycra body suit. A friend asked me to make a ice skating dress for her daughter and I have some trouble figuring out how to best go about it. I have a lot of experience making rythmich gymnastics suits, but they are different.
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Date: 7/15/14 8:27 PM

why not do elastic on the chiffon skirt. They could slip it on and off. this way the lycra body suit could be used with other type of
skirts. Hope this helps.

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Date: 7/15/14 9:51 PM

Have you seen the videos on Jalie.com? I watched one where they made a skating outfit and it was amazing.

I haven't poked around enough to know if they have one with your particular concern, but I couldn't help but mention them. It's a great resource.

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Date: 7/15/14 10:03 PM

Yes, I have seen the videos on Jalie, but they use stretch fabric and I know how to do that. I am just concerned about putting a stretch and a non-stretch fabric together. There is always a concern of the seems popping or ripping or the suit will not go over the hips.

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Date: 7/15/14 10:34 PM

I really would not advise stitching a non-stretchable chiffon skirt to a very stretchy skating body-suit. Make it separate and you can use both parts together or separately as desired. If they are of the same color, most people will assume they are one piece. Just put the chiffon skirt onto a 1-inch grosgrain ribbon and fasten with a coat-sized hook-n-eye.
(This is what I always did for dance costumes.)
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Date: 7/16/14 0:01 AM

I once added an empire skirt to a leotard and had to put in a zipper. Luckily this leotard had a partial seam down the back.
The skirt can't be very sleek, unless there is a zipper, there has to be enough ease in the skirt to go around the hips. I would cut the skirt larger, use clear elastic to gather it a few inches smaller than the widest part. I would sew it on the leotard right sides together with the hem towards the neck. When you're done the skirt will hang the correct way and elastic would be hidden.

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Date: 7/16/14 0:01 AM

I will preface my comments/advice by saying that I despise using chiffon for figure skating dresses -- I actually advise against it for my custom design figure skating clients. Except in very specific circumstances, chiffon skirts are a big pain to attach to the brief and/or bodice; they don't wear well (shredding and fraying at the waist seam); snag very easily on skate picks, crystals and jewelry .... and there are a ton of really nice fabrics that provide the same sheerness/drape as chiffon but have some stretch to them which make them a much better choice both for application and durability.

Is there a particular reason that you have to use chiffon? Is the dress for a competitive level skater? Do you have any opportunity to either change the design or change the fabric?

You have hit the nail on the head when you say there are issues when attaching a non-stretch skirt to a very stretchy body suit -- is your bodysuit a one-piece that you are attaching a skirt onto or is it the more typical two-piece where the skirt will be attached to the brief and then the combined piece attached to the bodice? Either way you will have problems.

If you use the chiffon as an underskirt you can use a stretch fabric yoke which would be hidden by the overskirt. If you use a zipper that extends below the waist line, then you will have an easier time with the non-stretch issue as the zipper opening will allow for the extra room required to get the "waist" over the hips.

When I absolutely have to use chiffon on something like a skating dress, I cut the chiffon skirt a little larger than the piece it will be attached to and then attach a piece of clear elastic to the waist of the chiffon skirt -- the elastic piece measures the same as the piece the skirt will be attached to. The larger size and the clear elastic will allow the chiffon skirt to stretch with the leotard/bodysuit -- but there are limits to this technique or you will have puckering at the waist seam. I have also used a wrap-over type closure when the design allows for it.

I use a lot of chiffon on ballroom gowns but that is a completely different application since the chiffon skirts are not attached directly to the bodysuits but rather to an underdress which in most cases does not need to stretch where the skirt is applied.

HTH a bit -- my first advice would be to look for a fabric alternative -- don't make it a more onerous project than it needs to be.



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