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Date: 8/4/12 3:12 PM

I really need to make myself a swimsuit. Ones I buy are too short-no long torso in plus sizes. And one pieces work much better for water classes. I have a basic Kwik Sew pattern, K3072, which has a simple tank suit. No problem with that I think. I have had several rtw suits that had a built in sports bra made out of the same material as the suit. Very effective for bust support, which I really need. I can figure out how to cut the bra piece, but not sure how to put it together. My other suits had the bra attached at the armholes and top only. I suspect I'd have to put the back up higher, as the bra goes around the whole body, not just support in the front. Any ideas? Or are there patterns that have this feature that I don't know about. The Kwik sew pattern is fine mostly, but there is no way the gathered swimsuit lining on top will provide enough chest support-I"m an f/g cup. Opinions and ideas are most welcome.
Mary
Just to make this more fun it will be my first swimsuit!
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Date: 8/4/12 5:49 PM

I'd serge all edges then turn to inside and topstitch. If you don't have a serger, you can sew a narrow seam wrong sides together then turn and topstitch.

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Date: 8/4/12 6:18 PM

I have Jalie 3023 and it has instructions for a built in shelf bra. You can view the instructions if you don't want to buy this pattern and adapt the one you have. I have made several of these suits and they are AMAZING! The only addition I made was to sew in two bra cups (from sew sassy) to prevent any 'see though' when I'm cold

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Date: 8/5/12 8:20 AM

I have the same Jalie pattern and the instructions are indeed really great. I haven't bothered to make it this season since I'm pregnant, but I did get it to the muslin stage, and I'm pretty sure that you could put it an actually functioning bra. Just try it on under a muslin and have someone help mark anything that comes above the straps (but with this pattern, you can adjust that because of how the straps are made) and transfer it to your pattern. Cut off the straps themselves and anchor the bra underneath (?) the lining at the side seams and you'll get a lot more support. This is my theoretical solution--someone correct me if this doesn't work in actuality.

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