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Topic: Where can you find awesome swimwear fabric? Is spandex dye/paintable?  (Read 3184 times)
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« on: June 03, 2007 07:47:08 AM »

I'll put the questions at the front.

Do you know of a place with strange/awesome swimwear fabric prints? (or with done swimming suits that aren't only for bulk sale to stores)

What search terms have you had success with on ebay/the internet for finding strange/awesome swimwear fabric?

Is it possible to dye/paint on/embroider spandex and still have it look good and be just as stretchy?

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For years I've been looking for a swimsuit that didn't have stupid tropical flowers on it, something that has a really strange print. (Yes, I know this year the flowers are vintage folky, not tropical, and they're gorgeous, but I still want something stranger.) A few years ago I saw one with planets but for various reasons didn't buy it, and I've been regretting that ever since. A swimsuit with galaxies on it would be the coolest thing ever, but there has to be other awesome fabric out there too.  Maybe it's easier to find fabric to make one than to search for a complete suit, so I've been trying that for the most part.

I've tried searching ebay and the internet for cool prints, but have not had much luck. (Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms? I've been trying things like spandex swimwear fabric.)

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007 11:02:47 AM »

I've purchased swimwear fabric from ebay (big4fabrics was the seller) - they seem to have a very large selection with some unusual prints.  I typically search for nylon, lycra or spandex when I search. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2007 03:15:18 PM »

I have never made an actual swimsuit, but is the material you'd use just 4-way stretch?

If that's the case, I'd check out Spandex House. They have a huge selection and some of them are quite interesting! I have never ordered from them, though, so I can't speak to that. I probably will at some point, just haven't yet.

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2007 05:18:15 AM »

Thank you guys both very much  Cheesy.  I'll keep looking. (Hey, Spandex House is pretty sweet. I see a cloudy sky one. Ebay and Big4fabrics has some gorgeous things too.) (Also Stacy, your swimsuits are awesome. That's what got me to ask this here in the first place.)

I have never made an actual swimsuit
I haven't either, but I'll try  Grin.
(Maybe with this many nice patterns I'll end up with too many and make some for my sister. She's a D cup though, and I have no idea how to support that  Huh.)
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2007 07:21:39 AM »

Thanks!  I actually enjoyed making swimsuits - they are a lot easier than what you think they'd be to make!  As for patterns, I highly recommend Kwik Sew or Jalie (a bit more difficult to get a hold of, you'd have to purchase them online).  I did see that McCall has a new one this year too (with lots of options).  I picked it up, but haven't tried it yet:

« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2007 08:43:48 AM »

(Maybe with this many nice patterns I'll end up with too many and make some for my sister. She's a D cup though, and I have no idea how to support that  Huh.)

You can buy a swim bra at Junonia.com (expensive, but worth it IMHO) and then make supportless swim wear to wear over the bra. Works for me!

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2012 07:06:17 PM »

I would give your local (large) fabric store a try. Lycra is probably most appropriate for swimwear--I just went to a fabric outlet in the city, and they had a table dedicated to swimwear lycra. you could try dyeing a swatch, but I don't think lycra or spandex would take the pigments very well. other than that, ebay would be best for obscure fabrics.
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