The 2nd version I left at 100% measurements (or actual measurements), chose a low stretch knit and included seam allowances. Whew! I'm glad I did. That allowed just enough ease so that it didn't cling in all the wrong places. Instead, it hung on my body beautifully and did not restrict movement at all. Plus, with the seam allowances I feel like I can easily take in/let out as needed and have enough surplus on the seam allowance that I could top stitch and ensure no wardrobe malfunctions occur. I used triple stitch zig zag on every seam and every top stitch.
A) Stretch out or
B) carry significant weight of the garment
I added in clear stretch elastic. So that means the waistband, shoulders, armscyes and neckline.
Dancers, Sewcialists and Spandex Doesn't Scare Me sewists - take note. I DID NOT DANCE IN THIS GARMENT BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE. There was no dress rehearsal for my dress. I *HAD* to count on my construction and sewing to work. As Tim Gunn says, "Make it work!" and I did. And magically it held up! Normally I topstitch every seam. But in this case only the shoulders, neckline, armscyes and waist were topstitched. I didn't even hem the sucker!
Funny - this is designed for a knit, but they included facings like as in wovens. I used them anyway. The neckline is top stitched in place. However, when I finally finished the dress and got to put it on for the first time, I had not turned in the armscye facings. They looked like cute little sleeves and fluttered about nicely. So, I left them out!
The Shortie Leggings
I figured this would be a good time to try out removing the crotch curve seam from my self-drafted legging gusset.
Oddly, this fabric also wanted to ride up and hike around my legs the entire time I wore it. This is a basic nylon-lycra I grabbed from Joann's since I was out of time to order online from Sportek. I'm not sure if I need to add in silicon to the hem or to tighten the legs. But it felt weird. Very unlike all other pair of shortie leggings and long leggings I've made from this same pattern 7 previous times. ODD!