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« on: June 23, 2005 09:05:29 AM »

I've been looking through this whole site trying to find something on how to make a swim suit.

I've only found this, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36949.10
I love the shape but it doesn't really say what you need to do or anything.

Also I was thinking of making the suit out of an old T-shirt, would that kind of fabric work?
Or any other kind of fabric besides spandex that would work?

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2005 09:46:19 AM »

Are you planning in actually swimming in it? I wouldn't use anything but lycra or spandex for getting in the water, because anything else is going to stretch, and get heavy with water...I see numerous problems, but that's just me. There are sewing patterns for swimsuits.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2005 09:51:08 AM »

You will most likely need something synthetic to make it out of or a mix. 100% cotton will just stretch and doesn't hold it's shape enough. As for a pattern I would suggest using a bathing suit that you already own and love or even underwear as a template.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2005 09:51:59 AM »

I'm making one, (the bottoms are done) and I got the basic pattern from my old swimsuit and just modified it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2005 04:40:49 PM »

Yeah I want to use them for swiming.

I can't use one of my old swim suits because I don't have.
And I can't buy a pattern.

Useing under wear would be good, I'd juust have to find a top shape.

I'd use spandex but i don't have any and I'm broke so buying is out of the question.

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2005 05:51:48 PM »

When I made one (It's posted around here somewhere), here's what I did for the top:

Cut a long strip, about 5 inches by 3 feet. Right sides together, sew it in half the long way, so it's 2.5 inches by 3 feet. Turn it inside out.

Cut 2 large triangles with 2 foot "tails" coming off the top.

Go stand in front of a mirror with your top (and bra) off. Tie the long strip fairly tightly around your chest, underneath your breasts, with the tie exactly in the middle of your back. Tie the tails of the triangles together behind your neck, so they're just long enough to reach the strip. Start tucking the triangles into the strip underneath your breasts. Fold them under at the sides if they're too wide. Just keep tucking and folding until they're covering your breasts the way you want. Then pin them in place.

Sew the triangles to the strip, and hem the sides of the triangles. You can cut the strip down if you want, and put a hook and eye closure from an old bra to close it, or you can just tie it to close.

Easy peasy! I think a t-shirt might work OK, it might get a little clammy and uncomfortable, and you might want to make sure it's a dark-enough color. Try getting it wet and see how it feels against your skin.

Hope this works for you!
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