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Would foldover elastic work for armholes and leg openings on leotards?
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Date: 1/29/10 11:12 AM

I want to re-start making leotards to sell. Has anyone ever tried to use foldover elastic for the openings? It seems to me it might feel softer but I don't know if it would retain its stretch. Any thoughts?

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Date: 1/30/10 3:13 PM

I don't think it would look right with an elastic binding. Of course I haven't worn a leotard in decades.

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Date: 1/30/10 3:24 PM

I'm in the active-wear business and use foldover binding a lot - but mainly on cuffs and waistbands of jackets. I don't think it has enough hold in the non-stretched position to hold up the leotard at the waist. But I would always encourage you to try!!

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Date: 1/30/10 7:38 PM

In my athletic performance apparel business I definitely make use of FOE but have not used it for the leg openings on leotards or skating dresses.

I have used FOE on the necklines of dresses and for some neckline treatments on men's practice shirts.

Give it a try and see if you can find someone to try out a prototype.

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Date: 3/24/10 1:09 AM

I'm getting ready to make some leotards for my nieces and the sparkly fabric I chose may be a bit itchy to do the standard elastic application. So I was thinking of trying the FOE application instead for around the legs. I'll let you know how it works out.

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Date: 3/24/10 2:00 PM

I've had good luck with necklines and armholes, and waistbands, but it thins out when you stretch it hard, and I don't like the look around legholes.
You can apply stretch binding with elastic and that works better for stretchier areas.

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Date: 3/24/10 2:28 PM

I don't think that fold over elastic would have enough zip in it to keep the legs tight.

I made a dress for my daughter that was the super sparkly fabric and did a fold over binding over elastic so that the sparkly bits wouldn't scratch.

It's a common finish in swimwear, and would work well for leotards.



-- Edited on 3/24/10 2:29 PM --

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