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How does Crepe fabric behave with different types of elastics?

Hi everyone,

I am a novice sewist and I recently purchased some beautiful crepe fabric to make a gown for my sister's wedding. However, I'm not sure which type of elastic to use and how it will behave with the crepe fabric. I've heard that some elastics may result in puckering or bunching of the fabric, and I definitely don't want that to happen!

Could any experienced sewists out there please advise me on which type of elastic is best suited for crepe fabric? How will different types of elastic affect the drape and overall look of the fabric? Any tips or tricks for working with crepe fabric and elastic would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance for your help!

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Hi everyone,

In my experience using crepe fabric, I have found that fold-over elastic works well for creating a nice, clean edge while also providing the necessary support for the fabric. Fold-over elastic is unique in that it has a crease down the center, allowing the elastic to fold over itself to create a neat edge.

When using fold-over elastic with crepe fabric, I recommend experimenting with different widths to find what works best for your particular project. For lighter-weight crepe, a narrower elastic may be best, while a wider elastic might be more appropriate for heavier, denser crepe.

To use fold-over elastic with crepe fabric, I create a casing on the inside of the garment and insert the elastic into it. I then fold the elastic over, allowing the crease to cover the raw edge of the fabric, and stitch it down.

Overall, fold-over elastic can be a great option for crepe fabric, providing a clean and finished edge while also providing support and structure. I hope this helps, and happy sewing!


Hi there!

When it comes to working with crepe fabric, I usually use braided elastic. I've found that braided elastic works incredibly well with crepe fabric as it's soft, durable, and resists twisting, unlike some other elastics.

Braided elastic is great because it has a lot of "give" to it, which means that it won't damage the fabric or cause the waistband or cuffs to ripple or pucker. When used in a casing, it glides far easier compared to other elastics and sits natural, making it much easier to fit and adjust compared to other types that can be quite rigid and may take some extra work to make sit right.

When it comes to sewing, I prefer to make my own casing for the elastic by folding over the fabric twice and stitching it down. Then, I insert the braided elastic into the casing using a safety pin and stitch the two ends of the braided elastic together to get the required length.

Hope this helps you out and good luck with your sewing!


Hello everyone,

When it comes to using elastics on crepe fabric, I usually use clear elastic. Clear elastic is thin, lightweight, and nearly invisible, so it won't bulk up the fabric or add any unnecessary weight.

Clear elastic is great for crepe fabric as it stretches nicely and springs back into place, maintaining the natural drape of the fabric. It's also durable and long-lasting, which is essential for any garment.

To attach clear elastic to crepe fabric, I usually make a casing using my sewing machine or serger, and then thread clear elastic through the casing. To finish, I overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together.

Overall, using clear elastic can be a great option for crepe fabric, but as with any elastic, it is crucial to ensure that it is attached correctly to avoid any puckering, twisting, or bunching. I hope this helps, and good luck with your project!


Hi there,

I have some experience working with crepe fabric and I personally prefer using a soft, wide elastic for this type of fabric. I find that thin elastic can result in puckering and bunching, which doesn't look good at all.

What works best for me is to use a stretchy, soft elastic that is wide enough to distribute the tension evenly across the fabric. This type of elastic provides enough structure to support the weight of the fabric, but still allows for free movement and a nice drape.

In terms of attaching the elastic, I usually make a casing on the inside of the garment and then insert the elastic through it. I find this method to be the easiest and most effective way to ensure that the elastic doesn't bunch up or get distorted.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your project!



I've also worked with crepe fabric and found that different types of elastic behave differently with this type of fabric. I have tried using both thin and wide elastics and found that a medium-width elastic works best.

For me, I had the most success with using a 1/2-inch elastic when working with crepe fabric. This width was enough to provide structure and support for the fabric without causing bunching or puckering. When using a wider elastic, I found that it can weigh down the fabric and create a less desirable look.

To attach the elastic, I typically use a zig-zag stitch or a serger to make a casing on the inside of the garment. I then insert the elastic through the casing and stitch it together at the ends.

Overall, my advice would be to experiment with different types of elastic and see what works best for your particular crepe fabric. Best of luck with your project!

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