|Edge Casings - A casing is a fabric tunnel, secured by stitching on one or |
both sides, providing a space for the elastic, a drawstring, or a combination
of the two, in order to adjust the garment's fit.
| 1. Stitching lines are parallel to each other and to the garment's edge. |
| 2. The casing width allows the drawstring or elastic to adjust easily and |
to stay in place during wear.
| 3. The raw edges of the casing are finished to prevent raveling. |
| 4. The elastic or drawstring is not twisted in the casing. |
| 5. Openings in the casing are neat and durable. |
| 6. Casings for the elastic are stitched closed after the insertion of the |
|Applied Elastic Waist - On an applied elastic waist, the elastic is applied |
directly to the waistline edge. This method not only finishes the edge, but
also provides for some size variation of the wearer.
| 1. Appropriate elastic is used for the garment's purpose. |
| 2. The elastic is of an appropriate width and length for its location. |
| 3. The elastic is stretched evenly during its application. |
| 4. Application stitches are secure. |
| 5. Sufficient rows of stitching, with matching thread, are used to prevent |
the elastic from folding over on itself.
| 6. Seams in the elastic, if present, are lapped or butted. |
|INTERNAL WAISTLINE TREATMENTS - Internal waistline treatments |
are used on garments that do not end at the natural or modified waistline, but
utilize some means of waistline treatment to provide definition. Internal
treatments may occur at a raised waistline (Empire), natural waistline, or at a
point below the natural waistline.
|Elasticized Waistlines - This method produces waist definition in a |
garment with no waistline when elastic is sewn directly to the garment at the
desired location and no separate casing is used.
| 1. The elastic is of an appropriate size, width, length and type for its |
location and use.
| 2. The elastic is stretched equally and stitched evenly and securely |
during its application.
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