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« on: June 15, 2010 06:27:32 AM »

I decided to make one for myself after trying to find a suit that had cups with enough depth but a very small or adjustable back. And here is the result:

I used the following tutorial for the top - http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d22/bethgreen/projects/?action=view&current=bikinitut.jpg - but like Kimberrrr's gold swimsuit top I added sleeves to the fronts that can slide up and down or scrunch together.

For the bottoms I had a pair from Victoria's Secret that were pretty much the same exact style, laid them out flat on the fabric and cut around them, plus 1/2" for the seam allowance.

The only flaw is that the band on the top is not very supportive. JoAnn's does not carry elastic thread  Huh  so I used regular thread, but it stretches out, and I've had a couple spots on the bottoms where I've heard a thread snap  Sad . Since the top is reversible I can't put any kind of structure into it...unless I took it apart but this fabric does not hold up to a seam ripper, lol. And the good news is that I got 1 yd. of fabric for both colors so now I have endless possibilities for other styles. I have 2 more styles of tops in mind  Smiley Going to the beach this weekend so maybe I'll get some action shots.

Comments, critique welcome. (Where do you get your elastic thread and blunt/round point needles?)
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010 06:50:46 AM »

It's very cute!  Does your Sewing machine have a stretch stitch option on it?  I've found using a stretch stich on anything stretchy makes for nicer seams and no popping threads Cheesy  Hope that helps!

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010 06:51:29 AM »

Very cute!!!!
I got my elastic thread at JoAnn's I had to ask for help to find it the first time and the second time it was with all the other elastic, not with the thread.

Okay so once again I am completely redoing my pictures. Got tired of photobucket, the only reason I used it was for here so I decided I will just use Craftster's photo uploader. So while I am switching over my photo links will be broken. Message me if there is a post you would like the pics for.
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010 06:54:15 AM »

very cute indeed! I love the green colours Cheesy

I get elastic thread at Fabricland, but I live in Ontario and I'm not totally sure if fabricland exists in the US...

« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010 06:57:48 AM »

Yes, my machine has SS. I used just the regular straight SS for most of the seams on the top, but for the bottom I serged the edgeds and then used a regular zig-zag, which I also used right underneath the cups after they were attached to the band, just to stiffen it a little.

Very cute!!!!
I got my elastic thread at JoAnn's I had to ask for help to find it the first time and the second time it was with all the other elastic, not with the thread.
That's the one place I didn't check, haha! I'll keep that in mind for next time, thanks  Grin
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010 07:16:44 AM »

I think it looks good.

sometimes if you serge or do a zig zag over a narrow elastic it will help.  Thats what I have done with dancewear.
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2010 08:03:43 AM »

Very cute!  And I have also found elastic thread either with other elastic or in a very odd place, NOT with the other thread.  In every store I have found it, it was this way.
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010 05:30:25 PM »

I love that you chose green fabric. There is a definite lack of cute green(my favorite color) swimwear. You rocked it on this one. Keep it up!

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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2010 05:58:18 PM »

That's really cute! I love how you made it reversible. Is the dark green fabric shiny? If so, awesome! Smiley

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