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« on: February 02, 2005 04:45:46 PM »

Hi everyone...So, every summer I complain about how expensive bathing suits rae for just a teeny, tiny bit of fabric....hence, I've decided to make my own!

Anyone know of any good patterns, or places to find bathing suit patterns? (I'm going to try making my own too, but it would be nice to have guidelines, y'know?). I prefer two pieces, but any pattern suggestion is helpful!

What about fabrics?

Have you made your own suit before and how did it work out?

Thanks everyone...Sorry to make you think about dreaded bathing suit season!

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2005 04:56:04 PM »

I know what you mean about those prices!  I just went with the cheapo Target ones until a) I was wearing it at the beach and there was a four year old in the exact same suit, and b) I hauled mine out of my suitcase in Italy for a day trip to the Mediterranean and it had literally DISINTEGRATED! 

So I hit Dayton's end-of-season sale.  I'd thought of sewing my own, but I want certain bits to stay in and I am not yet trusting those bits to my sewing skills.   For what it's worth, I would think that a two piece would be easier to do, and that a shelf bra thingy might be difficult...   I'd love to see what you come up with, though!
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2005 05:01:38 PM »

I'm no seamstress, but I think you could get a pretty good idea for a pattern just by taking your favorite bathing suit, laying it out flat and tracing around it. I saw someone on here make a bra using this method. But once again -- I'm not a seamstress, and I've definitely never made a bathing suit.

Best of luck,
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2005 06:39:25 PM »

Off the top of my head, I figure that a triangle top that slides on the string would be an easy top, and its adjustable.  You would make two triangles, create a channel at the bottom wide edge, and pass a string through it that would tie around to your back.  Then hem all the other sides of the triangle, and attach a string to the top of each triangle to tie around your neck.  Maybe you could make the bottom by taking a pair of underwear that fits, but don't care about, and either taking it apart and using that for a pattern, or just tracing it.  Bottoms are usually made up of 3 parts: the back, the front, and the middle part in between. 
As for fabric, some sort of nylon/ spandex combination should work.  That's what my suit is made of.

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2005 07:17:07 PM »

It has been a couple or years since i was in Hancocks last, its 100 miles away.  But they did and maybe still do carry swimsuit fabric.  For patterns, I like Kwik Sew.
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2005 08:12:23 AM »

Thanks everyone...I think I'm going to try using my current suits as patterns first, maybe using old t-shirts so I don't mess up any bathing suit material which I'd assume is a bit pricy (Thanks GloryB, I'll try Hancocks!)...

I look like a fool in the adjustable type of triangle tops, and I have a constant fear of them falling off! but maybe it would be a good experiment to make my own perfect fitting one.

I'll post if they turn out decent...

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2005 10:38:59 AM »

T- shirt material may not be the best idea for a muslin, unless you are using blends with a high lycra content. My Joanns has good "swimsuit" muslin material on the $1/$2 back wall, maybe yours has something similar?

Kwiksew.com has great swimsuit patterns, I love them.
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2005 12:27:15 PM »

i know simplicity and mccalls have patterns and you get like 4 styles of a bathing suit and sometimes a skirt or top to go along for 12 - 15 bucks. any walmart or anythign like that has the catalogsa you can look through.
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2005 02:37:53 PM »

i've got a simplicity pattern (couldn't find it on their site anymore) - the top is great but the bottoms came out..err..very revealing. the elastic was very hard to put in around the legs but would prob be ok if you sewed the lining and main piece together at the leg bits instead

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2005 05:22:16 PM »

I made a swimsuit outta black cotton with pink flamingoes on it. I just used a butterick (I think) pattern, a cotton novelty print, something that i dont remember what for the lining. I wouldn't work with swimsuit fabric unless your an experienced sewer, it can be challenging. If you are discouraged, newport-news.com has cheap swimwear you can buy and fix up cute Smiley i got a leopard print swimsuit on there for $10 (which is less than the original cost of the pattern for my last swimsuit) and I am going to as a Union Jack Patch on the front , and maybe a rolling stones patch on the back to jazz it up a little. Some red bows on the sides too. It'll be sweet.
Anyway, good luck! post a pic if you get one done.

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