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Unread 03-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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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
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Unread 03-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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The reason is doesn't stretch all the way when you put it on is because the leg hole is too big to fit your leg perfectly, if you didn't have the elastic (and have it smaller then the hole) there would be a gap between the leo and your leg.

You could try adjusting the pattern at the seam so the leg hole is just as big as your leg, though this will make it hard to move and put on. (:
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Unread 03-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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The leg hole is actually smaller than my leg! So it stretches when I put it on (and so does the elastic. It just looks alot nicer at the front)
Sorry if I wasn't clear

EDIT: Or do you mean the back portion of it is too big? :0
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Unread 03-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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I mean in the back .(:
The only reason there should be gathering would be because it's too big.
So you have photos of you in the one you made already? (:
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Unread 03-19-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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The reason it tells you to stretch it on the back is so that it hugs your butt and doesn't gape or ride up there. It's not an issue in the front so the front can be sewn straight without stretching.

It's hard to say why it's bunching without seeing a photo. Are you sewing it on with a zigzag?
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Okay that makes so much sense now you too!

Sarcasm: I am sewing it on zig-zag, as per the pattern instructions.
I'll see if I can upload a picture sometime
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