South Carolina USA Member since 9/21/08 Posts: 181 Skill: Advanced
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?
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!!
Arizona USA Member since 2/11/09 Posts: 55 Skill: Intermediate
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.
Oregon USA Member since 8/24/02 Posts: 5084 Skill: Intermediate
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.
------ My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.
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