I’m making a dress like this, basing it loosely off a pattern and have a few questions! How should I finished the neckline and back? I was thinking of making a facing, but that would be a lot of interfacing! What kind of material should I use? I was thinking a sleek jersey, but I’m not sure if it’d have enough body. Also, do you have any tips for making sure that not too much side-action shows? Thank you!

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    Nov 9, 2013, 03.59 PMby katensew

    Having looked at the photo look for a cotton/lycra mix as this gives stretch and comfort. As for finishing off the neckline, the process I use in making leotards is to cut a long length of the stretch fabric about 5cms wide and fold it in half by the length to use for neck and arms. Make up the dress leaving shoulders unstitched. Apply the strip to the neckline by placing the folded strip right side to right side of garment and using a serger or stretch stitch, stitch together usng a very narrow seam and stretching the strip as you go. -( Practice this before doing it on the garment to get the technique) Do armholes the same then stitch the shoulders pressing the binding outwards on all edges. I hope this makes sense ? The other alternative is to make a complete other bodice down to hip length from the same stretch fabric and line the garment. If you are concerned about the back being too low then alter it to suit or use flesh coloured Lycra to slightly fill in the area.

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    Nov 9, 2013, 07.04 PMby Emelia Black

    Those are both good ideas! I think that I may use your binding technique. But if the dress is see-through, I’ll use the lining technique. Thank you!

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