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I am about to make a pair of pants and I want to put in a tummy control panel. The outer fabric has stretch and I will use a non stretch cotton fabric to make the panel. I have looked at a pair of jeans I have with a tummy control panel and they have used a cotton fabric but have sewn across the diagnoals so that the bias does not stretch. I intend to do this too. The jeans panels go from the side to the zip.
However, the pants I am making have a back invisible zip so the panel in the front will go right across. Do I cut this panel slightly smaller than the stretch fabric or the same size. I am guessing the same size but would appreciate your input.


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    Feb 17, 2014, 08.55 AMby Deanna31

    Hi, usually stretch fabric is on a pattern is tighter then a normal pattern, so I wouldn’t make the panel tighter. Also if you just put the panel in the front, the back of the dress will probably streach more to compensate and it won’t suck the tummy in.

    I would suggest a front and back panel, made from a different pattern – one that is tight fitting. To figure out where to put it – Put the panel on, then the dress and pin them together in place.

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