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Anyone interested in joining me on my next sewing adventure/challenge?
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Date: 1/25/12 7:18 PM

I got a wild hair up my kiester this past week to give make a swimsuit a try. (Might have been my recent success at jeans that pushed me on to the next challenge!)

My youngest daughter is starting "swim gym" at school this semester and needed a suit. That was all I needed to inspire me. She got lucky and found a suitable suit on clearance at the sporting goods store but that didn't extinguish the flames that had ignited my sewing passion. After looking at patterns, fabrics, reviews and getting a copy of the Kwik Sew book from Amazon I'm on a mission. I've been paying up to $100 for suits in recent years and that is ridiculous!

Who's with me? Share tips, techniques, patterns, fabric sources, etc. (Maybe a diet/exercise tip or two???)

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Date: 1/25/12 9:59 PM

Yes.
-- Edited on 1/28/12 1:11 PM --

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Date: 1/28/12 12:48 PM

yes!
-- Edited on 1/28/12 12:59 PM --

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Date: 1/28/12 12:53 PM

Do you have a blog? I had the same idea this week to make a swimsuit, and blog about it. It's a little intimidating to do it all by myself so I'd like to do a sew-along. Do you want to join me? We could share tips and techniques! I'd like to call it 'Make a Splash Swimsuit Sew-Along'. Feel free to contact me at thepetitesewist(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Date: 1/28/12 4:04 PM

Count me in. We put a pool in our back yard two summers ago. My swimming skills are very questionable but I do like to look good flopping around. I've altered many rtw swim suits but never sewed one from scratch. Suggestions on patterns or where to buy fabric?

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Date: 1/28/12 4:31 PM

I just bumped some threads about swimwear and embedded this word in them for future searches.

swimwearthread

If anyone else sees a good thread, please bump it and then add the line at the bottom of the post to make it easy for others to search without needing a thread title or a poster's name.

The explanation is on this thread, Miscellaneous > Message Searches, Bumping Threads
Thanks

I'll need to hunt down some chlorine resistant fabric before I can get started. The chemicals at our Y pool are brutal. There are some resources in the tagged posts.


Future search term: swimwearthread

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Date: 1/28/12 5:18 PM

I don't have or need a swimsuit but I can give a tip. Make sure the elastic says it is for swimwear. Years ago I made a two-piece suit. I used regular elastic. When I dove into the pool the elastic stretched out and lost all elasticity.

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Date: 1/28/12 5:42 PM

I just dug out an old article on sewing swim suits in Threads. It the July 2007 issue if anyone happens to have it.

The author lists sources for fabrics and lining
Rosecitytextiles.com
Denverfabrics.com
Lucysfabrics.com
Spandexworld.com
Seattlefabrics.com

Elastic
Greenberg-hammer.com
Therainshed.com
Joann.com
Laceland.com
Thesewingplace.com

Bra cups
Sewtrue.com
Wardrobesupplies.com
Joann.com
Bramakingsupplies.com

Lingerie tricot
Sewsassy.com
Laceandfabric.com

The article is a bit old so I hope these sites are still in business.

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Date: 1/28/12 6:00 PM

I lap swim and make my own suits and swim caps because I can make a suit that fits in a color and style that I like for $10 in less than two hours.

I use an old Stretch and Sew pattern for a princess seam swimsuit (I'm sure I reviewed it probably a decade ago) with "little boy leg". Because frequent swimming destroys the suits quickly, I buy the best swim fabric I can get - right now I am using a bunch of Speedo fabric that I found at Spandex House in NYC. Also the swimwear elastic.

For the swim cap, I cut up an old fabric swim cap and used that to make the pattern.

Swimsuits don't have to be difficult. A swimsuit was one of the first things that I made when I got into garment sewing, and I didn't have any problems just using my zig-zag machine. Well, I think the first suit I cut one of the side panels going upside down and the swimwear had a different sheen (oops).

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Date: 1/28/12 6:07 PM

I'll join. I just bought the new Jalie swimsuit pattern. I'm planning on making one for myself and one for DD.

I have enough fabric for DD but I'll have to buy some for myself. And I'll need swimwear elastic, too. I probably can't get to the store until sometime next week, though, so I'll get a late start. But I'll catch up.

Let me know if you decide to post it as a blog sewalong and I'll post it on mine, too.

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