Pattern instructions - Why did they do it like that?
I'm still a beginner at sewing enough that I don't know the reason why you use certain techniques when following a pattern.
I'm sewing a leotard basically, and the pattern says for the leg openings to use swimsuit elastic. It gives me a length to cut and then says to sew and pin it to the front side of the opening.. but stretch it over the length of the back side. I did this for a piece and it looks greats on the front! ...But the backside is all bunched up and not as awesome at the seam (because of the stretching while sewing). No, it doesn't straighten when I wear it either.
I'm going to be using the same pattern but for a vinyl leotard.. so I'm wondering if the way they say to do it is really necessary?? I personally don't see it, but maybe there's a reason? D: Why can't you make the elastic the proper length of the leg opening?
Let me know if you want me to post pictures, if that's too confusing to understand on it's own haha
If it helps I'm using Kwik Sew Pattern 3502
EDIT: I would say I'm medium-leveled. I've sewn a couple things already and have drafted my own patterns, but I'm still learning why you use certain techniques for such and such. Don't want to scare anyone saying I'm a noob at sewing and gonna try sewing vinyl lol
Last edited by AshofRebirth : 03-18-2013 at 12:32 PM.