Elastic as a stabilizer in knit sewing??
Yesterday I bought a wrap style top made of a two way stretch fabric which is very lycra rich It is a bit like swimming costume fabric but has lovely drape and is lighter in weight.It looks great and I bought it intending to make a pattern so the top can be duplicated . I have noticed that the edges of the neckline are turned over some sort of elastic.This means that the wrap front crosses over and sits close to the body without the fabric below the neckline and coming from the shoulder needing to be firm. This is important as the top is all drape and liquid movement of fabric over the body. Very slimming. The neckline is low enough to be interesting but still quite modest.
I am wondering if anyone has done this on a garment and what the elastic might it be (swimwear?) and what the ratio is of cut length elastic to the neck length ?? The neckline is stitched with a twin needle type finish.It is such a great finish that it might be another topic for magazine articles Carol???