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Heidi Ho
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Date: 7/16/13 6:22 PM

1. Has anyone used molded bra cups cut from a store bought bra instead of say the Dritz bra inserts?
2. Has anyone used clear elastic instead of the typical cotton covered elastic used for swimwear?
If you have used either of the above please let me know how they worked out for you. I don't have a big box fabric store nearby and these are the only substitutes I could come up with at Walmart.

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Date: 7/16/13 6:58 PM

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1. Has anyone used molded bra cups cut from a store bought bra instead of say the Dritz bra inserts?


I haven't but be aware that unless the foam has a closed cell construction, it will fill with water with unpleasant results. Trial your bra in the shower first before cutting it up??

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2. Has anyone used clear elastic instead of the typical cotton covered elastic used for swimwear?


The best elastic to use for swimwear is the rubber elastic in either white or black like this stuff swimwear elastic. It's the same stuff they use in RTW and it is easy to sew and has a good edge so it flips nicely when turn the edge to the inside. Clear elastic doesn't have quite the same strength or guts and tends to curl and crumble when you flip it to the inside, esp if your swimsuit has a lining. It can be done but it is much harder work. I would trial the clear elastic on scraps first before committing to your project.
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Date: 7/16/13 7:36 PM

Consider where you're going to wear it as well- we only swim in the ocean and my parents' lake. We don't need chlorine resistant elastic, regular rather than swimwear elastic is fine.
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Date: 7/16/13 10:53 PM

I have an expensive Gottex swimsuit that has an underwire bra with foam cups. It inspired me to try the same.
The reason I don't like clear elastic, is when I fold it over after stitching, it's hard to feel inside the casing, (especially of there is a lining) and that makes it hard to keep a smooth even line. I prefer to use knit elastic suitable for swimwear. No matter how hard you stretch it, the elastic doesn't get narrow and that makes it easy to stitch on.
Swim rubber is nice, but it doesn't work as well when stitched directly on. The holes are permanent and weaken it. It works best when folded inside and coverstitched.

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Date: 7/17/13 10:06 AM

Thank you for your feedback. It is always great to learn from others!

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