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Getting elastic correct

Post by Resse » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:57 pm

I just have so much trouble with elastic!!

The other day, I made DD a skort (legging with attached skirt).
I measured the elastic on her physically - it was nice and snug, not too tight, and I could still get a finger underneath.

Made the whole thing up, and then she wears it, and the elastic is too loose!!! :gaah:

I have tried using measurements, and then taking off a certain number etc... But still it just doesn't seem to work. I make markings on the elastic and double check I have it right before cutting anything too.

So I was thinking this afternoon how clothes manufacturers do it? Do they have set lengths of waist elastic for each different size?
Would there be a chart online or something?
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Sezzles » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:02 pm

Are you threading the elastic through a casing? If so the casing might be too small and may be stretching the elastic out and not allowing it to shrink back? Not sure what else could cause this, I usually measure DD's wasit, or put the elastic around her and cut it nice and tight, but not stretched out.
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Resse » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:09 pm

Sometimes through a casing, but most of the time on the top of the leggings/pants/skirt etc... (so folding the top of the garment over).
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Callum's godmother » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:13 pm

I've found the same too and wonder if it is the type / quality of elastic that they use in the shops versus what I was able to buy. I've tried doing the button hole elastic so that it can be adjusted, but it's quite soft so bends in half, I think how PP do the boys trousers with just the adjustable elastic on the sides is quite a nice idea.

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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Sezzles » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:27 pm

If you get a tape measure and measure around her bare waist, nice and snug, with no finger room, then add an inch seam allowance (for stitching elastic together), it should work out. http://www.ehow.com/how_5748745_measure ... pants.html

Otherwise you could lay out one of her skirts, measure across the top (the un-stretched out elastic), double this and use as the measurement.

I know the wider elastic that I got out of some old pants and used to make DD's bubble skirt turned out really nice, and a slighter thinner roll I got from Spotlight, came out a big bigger/looser, so maybe it depends on the elastic too...
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Sezzles » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:41 pm

Here is a different article which recommends cutting the elastic 2 - 4 inches smaller than the waist measurement. But I have only ever done casings, so not sure on tips for sewing it direct to the fabric.

http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/s ... lastic.htm
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Resse » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:46 pm

Great!! Really helpful.
I am having another go tonight - hope it works out :D
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Sezzles » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:50 pm

I kinda make things up as I go along :lol: so am not very helpful. But with a bit of tinkering you should be able to get it right. If you are stitching the elastic directly onto the fabric it might be a case of stretching it more while sewing to get a good gather in it. Good luck!
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by ob1 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:47 pm

Some elastic stretches when it is sewn, making it loose, it just depends on the type. If you don't want to waste elastic, cut 10cm, sew it onto a scrap, measure, and calibrate the total you need to use...
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Resse » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:07 pm

One of the pairs, I had a casing. So what I thought, was to unpick the casing a little and sew the elastic into a smaller hoop.

Hopefully THEN it will fit right!! :D
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Re: Getting elastic correct

Post by Darny » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:51 pm

It does depend on the firmness of the elastic you use as well as how you attach the elastic - rule of thumb for elastic in a casing is waist measurement minus 7-10cm, if the elastic is being sewn to the garment (you know the kind where there are rows of stitching through the elastic) then you want to use the tighter of the two, maybe even a wee bit tighter again as the fabric holds the elastic and stops it from pulling back into shape - the softer your elastic and the heavier/ stiffer your fabric the more trouble you'll have.
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