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Topic: how to recreate this italian bikini top!?!?  (Read 967 times)
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knoble06
« on: May 28, 2008 08:35:58 PM »

I found this italian deisgner that makes incredible convertible scarfs and what not (it's totally worth checking out!) and I fell in love with the style of this bikini top:

http://www.sartoriavico.it/trikini.htm

(it is the first bikini top shown with the deep scoop)

I was wondering if anyone had any advice!?!? Do you think it will be easy to recreate? It looks like the shape is pretty basic I could put an elastic band under the bust and create a tube on the top part of the suit to put the string through!? Has anybody worked with bathing suit fabric? Thanks for your help it's greatly appreciated Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008 06:37:15 AM »

Hello!  I haven't worked with bathing suit fabric, but it does look like a straight-forward piece.  I will say that if you are any bigger than a small B cup, though, you might have to make a few adjustments to cover the essentials and stay put, given that it's all one piece across the front, like that.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008 06:34:56 PM »

Very cute!

Take a look at the other page from this site which has more views of this style suit top:

http://www.sartoriavico.it/ecommerce.htm

The stripes on the tops give you all the clues as to how it is cut out(think of them as grain lines)!  I would do a sample first (cut up an old t shirt) before I cut from the real fabric.  Note the angle of the stripes on the neck tie also (and yes it is threaded through the scoop neckline)

A couple of hints:
  • You will want to under line the top (just cut out and sew like one piece of fabric).
  • Remember real swim suit knits are 2 or 4 way with part Lycra stretch (this helps them keep their shape when wet)
  • Use a high quality synthetic thread and a machine needle for knits!

Here is a great read on making your own swim suit!
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/hobbies/article_129.shtml
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008 07:04:53 PM »

Very cute!

Take a look at the other page from this site which has more views of this style suit top:

http://www.sartoriavico.it/ecommerce.htm

The stripes on the tops give you all the clues as to how it is cut out(think of them as grain lines)!  I would do a sample first (cut up an old t shirt) before I cut from the real fabric.  Note the angle of the stripes on the neck tie also (and yes it is threaded through the scoop neckline)

A couple of hints:
  • You will want to under line the top (just cut out and sew like one piece of fabric).
  • Remember real swim suit knits are 2 or 4 way with part Lycra stretch (this helps them keep their shape when wet)
  • Use a high quality synthetic thread and a machine needle for knits!

Here is a great read on making your own swim suit!
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/hobbies/article_129.shtml


Thanks for all your great advice!! I can't wait to try it out Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008 10:05:55 PM »

 Cool  You are welcomed!

Let us know how it works out!
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