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Posted by: Shira Jacobson-Rogers
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Posted on: 11/16/02 4:25 PM
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Probably many of you are familiar with this technique; I noticed it used in a pair of RTW pants that I was taking in. In the seam joining facing to pants or skirt, there is a narrow twill tape sewn (or it could be fused) at the seamline. I used this technique in a skirt I made recently (i.e. sew a strip of twill tape when joining facing to garment) and it seems to help prevent stretching along this seam and keep the darts looking nice and shapely.

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Cecile Owens said... (3/5/10 5:45 PM) Reply
I used to fold down the fabric (mostly fleece) of my pattern, make a slit in the folded part, and insert the elastic & slip stitch the slit closed...your tip is much sleeker (P.S. My waist definitely does not need more bulk (neither does my waist does n0t my nearly flat posterier be posterier) so now I'm going to check the waist of my widest part and and add an inch to my widest part. Thanks!!!!
Cecile Owens said... (3/5/10 5:44 PM) Reply
I used to fold down the fabric (mostly fleece) of my pattern, make a slit in the folded part, and insert the elastic & slip stitch the slit closed...your tip is much sleeker (P.S. My waist definitely does not need more bulk (neither does my waist does n0t my nearly flat posterier be posterier) so now I'm going to check the waist of my widest part and and add an inch to my widest part. Thanks!!!!
Mary Muir said... (11/22/02 2:02 AM) Reply
Good Tip, thank you!
said... (11/17/02 4:06 PM) Reply
If you are working in a stretch fabric (particularly a woven stretch) this works well using the see-thru stretch elastic tape that is now available. That way the stretch properties of the fabric are maintained, and you don't get that billowy stretched out look that often happens with stretch fabrics at the waistline.
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