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« on: July 07, 2009 08:44:02 PM »

last week i decided to try sewing a swimsuit and i'm quite happy with the results!! i made another one this week too :] ((sorry for the funky cutout pictures. i felt like posting the actual picture was a little too scandalous  Tongue))

here's the first one i made. i ran out of the navy fabric because i messed up cutting out the pieces but i found the bandeau top in target's clearance section for $3 so i just attached the two



here's the second one



i'm not sure which one i like better. i haven't actually gone swimming in them but i think they should hold up decently! let me know what you think..questions/comments/criticism/advice is welcome :]

**i added a tutorial..it's in reply #19. hope it's helpful!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009 09:10:09 PM »

oh i love them both!  i must say i do like the retro feeling of the first one best!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009 09:19:19 PM »

I REALLY like the 2nd one! They are going to leave interesting tan lines too!
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009 09:47:43 PM »

Wow! The cut of that second one is awesome!
That's a swimsuit I'd wear.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009 10:06:26 PM »

I love the black one! It looks sexy but modest at the same time. Good job!
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009 10:23:59 PM »

Wow! Great job. They look great.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009 11:49:47 PM »

Both are extra cute!
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2009 12:26:01 AM »

I love the black one! 
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2009 08:22:03 AM »

I love the black one. I've been thinking of making myself a cut out suit this summer... I can never find one that fits my smaller top and curvy bottom at the same time. (trust me fitting one but not the other is not attractive). I've been putting it off because I don't have a serger. Did you use a serger, or just a regular machine. If you did just use your regular machine what stitch did you use?

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2009 09:29:00 AM »

thanks for all the comments!!

I love the black one. I've been thinking of making myself a cut out suit this summer... I can never find one that fits my smaller top and curvy bottom at the same time. (trust me fitting one but not the other is not attractive). I've been putting it off because I don't have a serger. Did you use a serger, or just a regular machine. If you did just use your regular machine what stitch did you use?

Thanks!

i just used a regular machine and it was totally doable with just straight stitch and zig zag! there were only 3 or 4 seams and for those i just used a straight stitch and zigzag to reinforce it. then for the edges, to keep them stretchy and secure, i used 1/4" wide elastic and elastic thread. i left about 3/8" allowance along the edges when i cut the pieces out. then on the wrong side of the fabric i sewed elastic down along that allowance w/ a zigzag stitch (slightly pulling as i sewed, of course). then after i folded it over and did two rows of straight topstitching w/ elastic thread in the bobbin (like you would for shirring).

oh and the whole thing was lined. so when i sewed the elastic to the edges there was 2 layers of fabric stacked. hope that helped!! let me know if you need any clarification...

i can make a small tutorial when i sew another one (which will probably be soon) if anyone is interested :]
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