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Figure Skating Outfit Question

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Need some info on attaching a vest to a pair of pants for a figure skating outfit.

How can I hook the vest to the pants without fearing that the lining will rip with sudden movement?

Any ideas?

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  1. mainestitcher | | #1

    I don't hav a lot of experience with this, but I have worked on dancers' clothes.

    The vest or jacket usually has elastic loops that slip over buttons inside the trouser. I wouldn't attach the elastic to just the lining. Aside from tearing the lining, I think it might just twist the vest out of shape. If the vest has darts in the front or back, I'd "crack a stitch" or stitch through all layers and catch the elastic to the inside of vest right along the dart seams.

    1. pins13 | | #2

      Thanks for the great advice!


      1. user-51823 | | #3

        i've never attempted a tutu, but i have examined them. the bodice is a completely separate piece from the skirt/panty/tutu, but they are anchored together with a sturdy network of elastic that allows the whole piece to fit the body snugly while the top and bottom ride across each other smoothly, like a ball-and-socket joint. the halves of a tutu don't show "sucked in" spots at stress points partly because of all the boning and heavy layers that distribute the pressure, and because there are usually a number of elastic strips all around, to share the load.
        is your vest supposed to ride above the waistline of the pants? or end below the waistline? if it's a short loose vest, i'd consider attaching it to the shirt in the shoulder area and letting the bottom hang free. if it's a long fitted vest, i'd make the lining out of stretchy spandex and attach it to the pants waist all around and let the outer layer of the vest appear to fall naturally, possibly anchored invisibly with elastic thread cut long enough that there's some slack when it's at rest.

        Edited 11/4/2006 1:32 am ET by msm-s

        1. netizen | | #4

          Several methods I've seen for men:The vest is sewn to the bodyshirt and left to hang free over the waist. It doesn't go far and on movement, gives a glimpse of the bodyshirt underneath which is a style look some coaches like. This way the man can wear standard pants and only change shirts/vest.If the vest is supposed to stay smooth to the body in front, I've used clear elastic to hook it into the top of the pants but mostly have just sewn it down onto the bodyshirt.OrThe pants and shirt are are a one piece jumpsuit and the vest is worn overtop, tacked down at seamlines or notorThe pants are a one piece jumpsuit but are really pants attached to a mesh undershirt which isn't seen. The top is worn over this which is a fakey, with sleeves sewn onto the vest there is no separate shirt underneath, and the pants ride free.I prefer version #1 because most guys wear the same black pants with everything. I don't like the one piece jumpsuits but they suit some men who have, er, interesting-to-fit butts.

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