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Old 06-16-2011, 12:09
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Default Elastic sides on a tshirt

I am not sure where to put this or what it is called so I'll do my best here

I am going to the Motley Crue/Poison concert in August - and I am wanting to make my own shirt. I am taking a regular hanes t'shirt and dressing it up - but what I am looking for is instructions/tut on how to make the sides with elastic - so they cinch up on the sides. Clear as mud? I know elastic is sewn into the sides - but I don't know how to do that. I've tried and failed - so instead of wasting more shirts I thought I would put this out there and see if anyone else knows.

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:14
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Default Re: Elastic sides on a tshirt

Use a skinny elastic.

Start it where you want the gathering to start, put a pin in just below that to hold it in place. Cut the elastic maybe 3 inches or so shorter than the length you want to gather. Put a pin in the bottom and leave it there while you are sewing.

Stitch down the top 1/4 inch or so and lock it down with a few stitches forward and a few stitches backward. Take the top pin out but leave the bottom pin in.

Stretch the elastic as you stitch it down the center (go slow). You'll likely have to hold the top of the elastic stretched out as you sew. Keep the elastic stretched out so that the elastic stays on the seam and the shirt isn't bunching up underneath the elastic. When you get to the end just lock it down the same way you did at the top of it.

Let me know if that makes sense to you...
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:17
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Default Re: Elastic sides on a tshirt

How fun1 Have you seen threadbanger.com? They have lots of tshirt recons on there.
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