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« on: December 29, 2010 04:17:26 AM »

Hello, I'm a looooooooong time lurker, first time poster. I recently bought a serger and I am in love with it! I made these swimmers and it was so easy. Meanwhile my sewing machine won't actually sew Lycra at all.

(I'm wearing silly glasses just because I like them.)

I was inspired by this post by xjoyfulsongx. I have also made a few dresses with the same triangle and gathering detail.

A question for anyone who has made their own swimmers- should I line the swimsuit or is one layer fine?? I'm a bit nervous about actually wearing it in the water. And is there any way to stop the boylegs riding up at the back and exposing my butt?! It's fine in this pic but goes up when I walk. Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010 05:46:18 AM »

That's hot.

I think that style of leg rides up no matter what you do.  I dunno if you really need lining - it is black so things won't get outlined in the water. 


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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010 06:32:40 AM »

This is sooo lovely! I want one Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010 08:42:59 AM »

On fabric like that I would line the crotch and the breast area, at minimum the crotch. Light fabric I would line the whole suit. I have been known to go into the shower with my swimsuit fabric to test see throughness.  Smiley
By the way, Love the suit. Good job.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010 09:50:15 AM »

hairspray can aid your modesty, lift the leg hole a little, spray with hairy spray. dont know if it's water proof or even good for the fabric but models and miss world contestants use it Wink
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010 12:52:25 PM »

That's a lovely cossie - well done!  As far as I know, the master of pattern making with lycra is this guy http://www.patternschool.com/  There's so much helpful info on his site - even explaining how elastic behaves and why things ride up, and instructions for drafting a variety of patterns!  Agreed - I'd do a test run in the shower  Smiley
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010 07:55:29 PM »

Haha thanks everyone, yeah I was thinking of doing a test run in the shower. And i'll definitely line the crotch, but i have to buy more fabric first. That link is amazing patchyemm, thanks!!
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010 03:10:36 AM »

No real need to line a swimsuit unless it's white or a very light color :-).  And even then, it depends on the fabric thickness.  Let's say that if it's not transparent under a flash you can wear it with confidence.  I consider it an advantage of making my own that I don't end up with tons of bulky layers that dry slowly..

As to the legs, well, the boy cut should ensure that they don't creep up too high, mercifully.  But can I ask an indiscreet question?  You did put elastic into those leg openings, right?  It's good to test first to see how much your elastic stretches when it's sewn.  You can use special swimwear elastic, but I've gotten nearly 10 years of wear out of clear polyurethane elastic, which is very lightweight and easy to put in.  Then I find the trick is to apply the elastic pretty much in a 1:1 ratio on the front of the leg (adjusting perhaps for the elastic stretch), but to take about 10% off the length in the back, stretching the fabric and elastic flat together as you sew.  That allows the thing to scoop around your butt and stay there pretty much no matter what you do.

Really nice design, you did a great job.
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2010 02:02:45 PM »

Cute! This turned out really well!

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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2010 07:44:44 PM »

Thanks so much mcm. actually i haven't put elastic in the leg openings. I've never made swimmers before so I'm just playing it by ear. but i definitely will now.
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