Modkid Modified // Hailey with Elastic Casing

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The shirred empire waist of the Modkid Hailey top and dress pattern creates a fitted silhouette that is comfortable and stretchy. Shirring with elastic thread is a fun technique to learn, but we often see requests for an alternative. An elastic casing is the solution. After sewing up an eyelet coverup style Hailey for myself, I decided one for my daughter was in order. I have applied an elastic casing tutorial for your use.

In addition to the free shirring tutorial for the Modkid Hailey, we have a knit neck binding tutorial, so be sure to check that out before diving in. After completing the first three steps of the Hailey pattern instructions for the bodice, sew the side seams below the arm opening and finish the seam allowances. Also, sew the side seams of the skirt pieces and finish the seam allowances. You will now have a separate bodice and skirt piece.

Turn the bodice right sides out and place it inside the skirt so that the right sides are together.

Align the raw edges and sew the seam with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish the seam, but make sure NOT to trim off any of the seam allowance. Press seam allowance toward the skirt.

Sew a casing by stitching the seam allowance to the skirt 1/8" from the finished edge. Leave a 2" gap close to the side seam for inserting the elastic.

Cut a 1/4" wide piece of elastic the same length as the under bust measurement. Using a safety pin or bodkin, thread the elastic through the casing. Overlap the elastic 1/2" and sew the ends together making sure the elastic is not twisted inside the casing. Now is a good time to check the fit and adjust the elastic as needed. Very tight elastic here may not result in a comfortable fit. Sew the casing closed at the 2" opening.

Hem the dress or top and you are done!! You can find more photos of this Hailey on Sweeter Than Cupcakes.

Don't forget that we have 3 different size ranges for the Hailey pattern, GirlsTween, and Misses. This elastic casing method will work well for all three!

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