combining stretch and non-stretch fabric
I am again sewing ice skating dresses primarily for ice dancing, using non-stretch sheer fabrics for the skirt inserted into stretchy fabrics (stretch velvet) for the bodice and pants. I usually end up having to insert an invisible zipper, but some of the designs that I come up with, would look better without a zipper. Which means that the person has to be able to get into the costume by stepping into it and pulling it on up over the hips. But I have not been able to solve the problem of getting the sheer to stretch to accomodate the hips, as does the stretch velvet. I know this can be done because many skating dresses use these two types of materials. But after much study, I still can not seem to get the results that I am seeking. I’m hoping that someone with some experience in this area can give me some ideas.