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Unread 07-17-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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sewing 'lace legs' onto bodysuit

Hello everyone, I'm currently busy making a wretched egg cosplay.

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I'm almost finished but I have a problem: When I sew my lace thights (by hand) onto the legs of my bodysuit, the legs of my suit don't fit anymore. When I sew them tightly, It's impossible to put them on. When I only lightly sew them on it I can put them on, but my crotch area is hanging too low and as a result my thights are hanging too low as well.

I've considered using glue but since the lace is see-through, that doesn't seem to be a good idea and probably won't fix anything.

I know this has something to do with the fact that the suit is stretchy and the lace isn't, but I don't know how to solve this. I was surprised this happened. I made the legs a bit wider and longer than I usually would to avoid problems with stretch, but apparently I'm still in trouble.

Does anyone have experience with this and knows any other way besides sewing to get them to stand up? Or is it possible to sew them and is it just me doing something wrong?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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You might get better help in the "Sewing/Fabric-Craft" section than here in General Construction, though many people visit both.

As a non-seamstress, my thoughts:
- You're right that the problem is that the suit stretches and the fabric doesn't.
- The usual solution for painting onto stretchy fabric, is to do it while you're wearing it. So, some of that concept likely translates here.
- You might be able to attach key points (e.g. each of the peaks and valleys, and maybe a midpoint between each) while wearing the suit and the leggings, then remove them both and finish stitching the lines by hand
- Or, wear both and lightly mark the suit where the outline of the lace will lie. You might need to stand up straight and have a friend mark it.
- You'll almost certainly need to use a zig-zag or stretch stitch instead of a straight stitch.
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Unread 07-17-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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You can try tacking down just the top and bottom of the spikes - i.e. sew on a "button" without actually sewing on a button. Knot and clip it off at each spike - it will be super stretchy that way. If the fabric still buckles when you put it on, tack it in more places. Hope that makes sense!
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Unread 07-17-2013, 09:41 PM   #4
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sad to say but u need to sew it while you are wearing it or u need a duct tape leg mold
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Unread 07-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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Yup, agreed, sewing while wearing is the only solution to this particularly tricky issue. I wouldn't even bother with a mold because you need to sew a spot, move (make sure you can walk, sit, bend, etc) sew another section, move, repeat ad nauseum.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I've started sewing a bit while wearing it, and it seems to be working now

Thank you so much for helping me out ^^
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Unread 07-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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There is precedent for sewing an individual while wearing clothes. The red sequin number seen here: http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk/tag/marilyn-monroe/ took four hours to sew her into it for the film. It has no other closures, the only way to get into it was to be sewn in. Jayne Mansfield had a matching dress with the same specifications, that is some busy costumers!
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