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Stretch fabric can be so versatile: from evening wear to lingerie it only takes a few steps. And isn't it fun when what you are wearing something matching under? If you like sewing stretch fabrics like I do, you'll probably end up having lots of little scraps of fabric. Amazing things can be done with them and lingerie is just the right project.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed
You will need to have a sewing machine that can do at least a zigzag stitch; an overlock machine or serger is the best for sewing stretch fabrics with no worries of fraying and over-stretching.
Notions like pretty elastics are a must for such a project.
A ball point machine needle is helpful. Make sure you are using a thing needle and do a test seam first. With the test seam, look closely for fraying. Ball point needles are designed for knits and stretch fabrics like Lycra and cotton jersey. They have a rounded point rather than a sharp point that helps push in between the fabric yarns, rather than cutting through the yarns. This needle comes in sizes 9 to 16 and the larger the needle size, the more "rounded" the needle point is. Thinner needles do great on thinner fabrics.
I have a stash of different scalloped elastics in many colors.
I used black and lilac colors for this project, to bring out the colors in the fabric.
If your elastic does not match exactly, try finding a contrasting solid color, like black trim of a red fabric.
The clear elastic is also a good choice for non bulky seams.
Scissors, pins, pencil and paper, sewing thread...you get the point.