This issue has been with me since the very first ballgown and it keeps returning. It is undoubtedly operator error in using the Kwik Sew method of elastic application.
Here is the top of the leotard for the Candy Wrapper. You may notice that the bottom of the curve bows outward slightly and the armscyes also do this.
Begging your pardon Ms. Wrapper, for taking a photo down into your papery cleavage;-) You might be able to see it better here.
The back lies beautifully flat, thank goodness, as it might be on view in the final gown.
I remember trying all sorts of different ideas with the first gown, but don’t remember the final fix. My sense is that there is a little too much elastic and that I should remove just a bit more so that it is slightly less than a 1:1 ratio. This is slight and it will be under the main gown, so I think it will be fine, but I sure would like to sort it out.
Okay – the sewing mavens at the Pattern Review Message Boards have spoken and my guess was correct. The next body suit I make will have a tiny bit of stretch in the elastic so that it is a slightly less than 1:1 ratio of elastic to fabric. Thanks everyone!