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Interfacing swimwear? Do you need to? If so, with what fabric?
Yet another question about board shorts
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Date: 4/25/13 8:24 PM

I'm using New Look 6354 to make myself some board shorts. The link and image are below.


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At the top of the shorts, the pattern says to use interfacing, then to make two buttonholes to act as reinforced openings for the drawstring cord. Iíd prefer to use grommets and do something like this.



Iím wondering what people use to reinforce things like grommets, drawstring cords openings, snaps, etc., in swimwear? Is there some type of swimwear interfacing out there? I searched the PR boards and Google, but didnít see anything. Also, is there a reason I should forget about the grommets and stick with the buttonholes?
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Date: 4/25/13 9:03 PM

What kind of fabric do you plan to use?

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Date: 4/25/13 10:00 PM

Hi Plazaglass! I bought mid-weight polyester microsuede for my first version of board shorts. It's all black and looks like it will be forgiving of mistakes. Here's what Rockywoods fabric says about it.

"Our Polyester Mid-Weight Microsuede is sanded, or sueded, with a water repellent finish. It has a very quiet and soft hand, and is wrinkle-resistant. The comfortability and wind/water resistance of this fabric make it a popular choice for a variety of uses. The material dries quickly, and is often used for dye sublimation as it prints very well."

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Date: 4/25/13 11:14 PM

One tip with the eyelets/grommets, make sure the ones you use are rust proof. The first pair of board shorts I made the eyelets rusted after a couple of uses. Lesson learnt.

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Date: 4/26/13 5:18 PM

I would use an iron on interfacing just where the gromets are to go so that it is more stable.

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Date: 4/26/13 10:27 PM

Fabric sounds interesting!

Since it says it has a soft hand, I'd definitely interface where you're using eyelets. And wash and air-dry your interfacing before you use it.

Let us know how it turns out.

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Date: 4/27/13 1:44 PM

Thanks everyone! I'm glad to know that I can use typical, fusible interfacing in swim wear. I was worried that the chlorine might do something strange to it that would make the shorts... oh I don't know, disintegrate or explode or something. I'll post pictures when it's done. I've got lots of fitting to do now. My pear shaped rump likes lots of fussing over and muslins before she will behave well with fabric.

By the way, Sew4Fun! I'm another fan of your blog! I had just started sewing at the time, but it was wonderfully inspiring to see all of the lovely things you did with knits.

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Date: 4/27/13 2:06 PM

I opened up the waistband of a pair of my swim trunks, to insert elastic across the back. Both pieces of the waistband had some sort of needle punch fusible on them. It was starting to fail, but it probably did a lot for the stability of the waistband, given they're made of a light weight nylon.

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Date: 4/29/13 10:22 AM

Gosh, I'm embarrassed to ask this, dscheidt, but what's a fusible needle punch? It sounds like it made for a sturdier waistband.

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Date: 4/30/13 9:59 PM

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Gosh, I'm embarrassed to ask this, dscheidt, but what's a fusible needle punch? It sounds like it made for a sturdier waistband.

needlepunching is one way of making nonwoven fabrics. It's akin to felting, a specialized needle loom with a whole bunch of barbed needles is used to punch layers of fiber togteher, locking them together. So a needle punch fusible is a needle punched interfacing (probably polyester, maybe rayon) coated with a fusible glue.

Needle punch fabric doesn't usually have a grain, and should be stable in all directions. This stuff looked pretty light weight, which would be about right for a waistband on a nylon board short.

I'm pretty sure some of the common non-woven interfacings are needle punched, but I don't have any to be sure.
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