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sewdancer | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi all,

I am making a dance dress made out of spandex. This will be lined with spandex. Do I need interfacing? The bodice has a low scoop neck.



  1. alotofstitches | | #1

    No!  If it's adance dress it needs to stretch in the neckline to get on and interfacing prevents the stretch.  You DO NEED elastic to be sewn into all necklines, panty legs, etc. to hold the opening tight agaist the body. 

    1. sewdancer | | #2

      Thanks for the info. The neckline is large enough to pull over, and I was concerned about holding it close to the body. Didn't think of elastic. Perfect!

      1. alotofstitches | | #3

        Your pattern should tell you how long to cut the elastic.  Threads Mag had an excellent article on sewing swimsuits in June/July 2007, "Take the Plunge".  A lot of the principles in sewing swimwear also apply to sewing stretch dancewear esp. regarding the elastic.

        1. sewdancer | | #4

          I am new to costume sewing, although I have made swimsuits. I am trying to convert a Vogue pattern that recommends these fabrics; Crepe Back satin, Silk like Crepe, Light weight Flannel and Shantung. What do I need to keep in mind when I convert the fabric to spandex?This will be a Jive dance dress with a full skirt.

          1. alotofstitches | | #5

            The pattern will probably fit looser than a pattern for stretch--just take it in.  Since you're converting a pattern for woven to stretch, I'd suggest frequent fittings along to avoid having to rip out!  The waistline seam of bodice to skirt may present a problem--it will have to stretch enough to go over hips but not give too much to make the seam sag when dancing.  Perhaps an invisible zip under the arm in the side seam will help with going over hips & making waistline snug.  Good luck with all this!

          2. sewdancer | | #6

            Thanks so much for your help. I am wondering if you do any seamstress work for others. I am just getting into this, and am wondering what to charge for a simple dress.

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