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« on: May 03, 2005 09:07:36 AM »

I'm planning on making my own bathing suits this summer.
I'm thinking about making a bikini (kinda retro with wide ties at the sides, around back, and neck) and a less revealing one-piece with cutout sides (same halter style tie top and back, but with a front panel to cover my tummy)

Does anyone have any tips? Any fabric suggestions or tips on where to get some?

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2005 09:11:25 AM »

You need to get proper swimming costume fabric, it can be quite expensive. I know simplicity have a few swimming costume patterns and I'm sure the other major pattern companies would too.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2005 12:53:16 AM »

I would really like to do that too. I have no idea where you find that kind of bathing suit fabric. Sorry I'm not really helping, but that would be awsome.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2005 07:48:18 AM »

I'm a really bad person. I broke down and bought a bikini to reconstruct a little bit instead of making one. It was just to cheap(under $20) and too cute (navy with big white polka dots) to pass up.  Oh well. In the mean time I'll be on the lookout for good fabric for another one. Thanks for the links!
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2005 07:54:27 AM »

If anyone is looking for fabric, keep your eyes on the discount fabric at the stores. I got some from Hancock's for .99 a yard!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2005 06:24:54 PM »

I work at hancock's and they have THE greatest bathing suit fabric! it's really shimmery rainbow with fish on it... (so cute!) I desperately want to make a bikinni but I don't think I really have the right body type for one.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2005 05:06:02 AM »

^ How about a tankini? A bikini with a sort of vest top. V flattering.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2005 01:14:38 PM »

I think you can pretty much just use old underwear as a pattern. (Or a tank top for the tanini). Hey waht about the lining fabric? I've seen the other stuff around, but not that thin, stretchy stuff. Wait you could just use some more of the other stuff...and maybe make it reversible...hmmm.. .
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2005 06:19:34 PM »

the one I have now is a tankini and I really like it. (just sexy enough but not too sexy to go swimming when my boyfriend's parents are with us...)  but I think a sparkly rainbow fish bikinni would be so much cuter. I think I could almost pull it off, but not quite. (squishy tummy)
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2005 08:14:50 PM »

i second the hancocks fabric suggestion. also beverly's fabrics in the clearance if there is one near you
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