Order of Assembly, Efficient Construction Practices and After Construction
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From: Rubber The Right Way - A Condensed Primer on Making Your Own Latex Clothing
Order of Assembly and Efficient Construction Practices
Order of Assembly
In general, assemble example garments in this order:
- Set-in sleeve tee-shirts - shoulders, hem neck, add sleeves, do side seams, hem sleeves, hem bottom.
- Raglan sleeve tee-shirts - shoulders, do side seams, hem bottom, seam raglan sleeves, hem sleeves, join sleeves, hem neck.
- Plain shorts and leggings - outside leg seams, inside leg seams, crotch seam, waist hem (or waistband), leg hems.
- Tank tops, vests, and tank dresses - bodice seams or darts, side seams, non-zip front / back seams, shoulder seams, add zipper if needed, neck hem, bottom hem, underarm hems.
- Raglan sleeve basic catsuits with full length four panel bodice - side seams, inside leg, hem legs, seam raglan sleeves, hem sleeves, join sleeves, non-zip front or back seam, add neck (if required), add zipper and placket.
Most other garments are assembled similar to the examples above.
Efficient Use of Time and Table Space
Alot of time making latex garments is spent waiting for glue to dry.
- If you have a large table or extra tables, consider doing multiple pieces of a garment together. You can do the left and right sides of a pair of pants or shorts at the same time with the waistband also being constructed alongside.
- Multiple garments can also be constructed together.
- Allow 24 hours for seams to fully bond.
- Inspect the seams. Sometimes if your glue was not quite dry on joining or the surface not well prepared, some lifting of rolled hems and seams may occur. Gently roll these down. If an air bubble is created, use a sharp needle in an inconspicuous spot to relieve it.
- Clean up excess glue by rubbing gently with a soft rag and solvent. Do not over-clean.
- Polish as desired.