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« on: June 04, 2006 10:01:11 PM »

so after months of trying to find a decent one-piece bathing suit that fits, i tried making my own with some free remnant lycra fabric i found at school.
and here's what i came up with...

took me about an hour. thank god i had a stretch stitch function on my machine. the front boob area and the middle back is shirred using regular elastic encased in fabric. the edges are encased with swim suit elastic then zig-zag stitched over that. the strap are just stretch lace (hopefully that doesn't make it too lingerie-y). hopefully it'll hold up when i go to the beach in a few days Undecided

if anybody wants to know how to make the pattern, i just basically traced out some underwear for the bottom portion, elongated the torso and added seam allowance. i have no idea of that made sense, so let me know your comments! Grin

here's a brief tutorial:

tip: even though spandex needs to be cut smaller so it can stretch to fit, always leave extra just in case!!!

Step 1: sew all side seams and crotch seam. this would be the time to adjust/tailor to fit your body (i had to re-sew the side seams a second time just to get the right fit)

2: machine baste elastic to the edge of the wrong side. keep an even stretch while basting (a general rule for determining the length of elastic is 2/3 the length to be elasticated)

3: fold basted elastic in twice to enclose it completely and use a wide zig-zag sitich to hold it. repeat on all edges.

Grin now you have the basic one-piece strapless suit. at this point go crazy and do whatever Grin

4: for rouching: cut a strip of elastic a lilttle less than 2/3 of the length you wanna rouch. on the wrong side, mark where rouching needs to be with chalk. backstitch the elastic first and pull tight along the chalkline, while zig-zag stitching over it. backstitch a few times at the end to really make sure

i hope that helped!!


so i was just shopping in vancouver and i saw this amazing dress from this little local designer store called Narcissist.

i'm pretty sure if shortened the torso part of a basic one-piece strapless suit and add some long "scarf" thingys on top i'd have a convertable suit. kinda risque, but cool idea. craftsters, feel free to lemme know what you think of my next project Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006 10:20:46 PM »

Very cute! I wish I could whip up a stylin' bathing suit in an hour....   Shocked

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006 01:56:23 AM »

That's gorgeous - so does normal stretch material hold up in saltwater, chlorine etc, even though you need special elastic? I've never fully understood that  Grin I might have to take a whack at this, I'd bet my left knee that no store sells these..... beautiful Smiley
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006 04:06:26 AM »

Oooh that's awesome - it's very flattering! Do you think you could make a more detailed tutorial...maybe with some little drawings?

« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2006 07:22:54 AM »

That is soo cool! I really want to make myself a cool suit like that. It's so hard to find anything that fits. And that is super awesome! Great job!

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006 08:05:01 AM »

gorgeous!!!! TUTORIAL!!!

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2006 08:38:38 AM »

while i'm risking sounding like paris hilton.....
that's hot.  Wink

ps: this is random and partially unrelated but what does the stretch stich function look like? i've been trying to figure out the best stitch to use on my machine for knits and stuff... Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006 08:43:48 AM »

That's incredibly adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006 09:53:13 AM »

i love this!!!!

« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006 10:24:42 AM »

Wow, what a great job (and in an hour too)!  Swimsuits are impossible in stores - you found the best option without a doubt!  Question, where do you find swimsuit elastic/what does it look like?  I didn't even know such a thing exists! 

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