Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Elan 511 - Tutorial - Part Three

Channeling and Upper Elastic

Once the bridge and back bands are applied, the channeling can be added. Fold the bridge and the cup so that they are right sides together with the cup.

The channeling is then applied with the seam of the channeling lined up with the two previous (bridge and band) seam lines. The folded edge of the channeling should face away from the cup and any fabric.

Make sure to stop the channeling about 1/2" from the armhole edge so that the elastic will be easier to apply in the next step.

Stitch the channeling in place along the seam line of the channeling.

Fold the channeling to the inside of the cup and topstitch the folded edge of the channeling down.

To finish the top edge, 3/8" elastic is applied. This elastic is applied in the same way as the bottom elastic from the previous post, with two passes of zigzag stitching. Following the instructions, measure and cut the elastic (3/8" wide) to the same length as the top edge measurement. Pin and sew as for the bottom elastic, except to leave 1/2" of elastic extra above the top edge of the lace. This will be part of the strap attachment.

Almost done - all that is left is straps and finishing, which is the next tutorial!

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