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Swimwear Contest WinnersBy Deepika on 4/13/12 11:09 AM

Swimwear is less forgiving than say, a dress or a skirt. Swimwear shows it all! That's why some of us shy away from sewing swimwear, don't we?

But the brave sewists (33 of them, in fact) in this contest said, "The heck with it! We're going for it!"

See what they sewed.

Contestants could sew only swimwear for this competition. The entry could be a bathing suit, such as one-piece, two-piece or tankini; or swim shorts or UV-protected swimwear. You can see the complete list of rules.

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote):

First Prize Winner in PatternReview's 2012 Swimwear Contest Pictured at left: Blooms' self-drafted Chanel-inspired swimwear

Blooms' swimsuit was self-drafted, inspired by the Chanel 2012 Resort Runway Show. When you read her review, you'll see that she very methodically laid out the drafting steps to create the perfect swimsuit for her. She started with her personal swimwear one-piece block, lowered the legline and took in a few cm around the bust to account for the fact that it is basically a strapless swimuit.

For fabric, she used black nylon lycra, white nylon lycra, and nude nylon lycra (for lining), as well as various notions.

She says that swimsuit seams need to be able to stretch, particularly in a horizontal direction. That's why she used an overlocking stitch to sew the swimsuit.

She mentions that as soon as she started this project, her family became very needy and suddenly required her attention. She dealt with it all and moved on, because, as she points out, "There is a Chanel swimsuit to be made."

Her inspiration suit is priced at $1400, so she has saved quite a bit of money in creating one herself.

She doesn't normally wear black and white, so she's limited on the matching accessories, but she does have the bright red lipstick!

Congratulations, Blooms!

Second Prize (By Member Vote):
ryan's mom for Kwik Sew 2962

Second Prize Winner in PatternReview's 2012 Swimwear Contest Pictured at left: ryan's mom wearing Kwik Sew 2962

Congratulations, ryan's mom!

And congratulations to all our contestants for their wonderful swimwear!

We thank Schmetz Needles for sponsoring this contest.
Schmetz Needles: Sponsor of the 2012 Swimwear Contest

We thank PR member arianamaniacs for managing this contest.

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11 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
SewEva said...
Congratulations to the winners! Great choices!
4/25/12 6:01 PM
barebear said...
You are all very awesome, very brave, and very deserving of lots of praise for making your own bathingsuits (and even modelling them)! Congrats to you all, and especially Blooms and ryan's mom. :D
4/19/12 11:10 PM
Scheri said...
Well done. Congratulations.
4/18/12 0:16 AM
Bushbunny said...
Well done. Congrats on your swimsuit successes..
4/17/12 2:51 PM
marec said...
Congratulations to the winners for super swimsuits. Everyone who entered is to be congratulated for their efforts also-thanks for the inspiration.
4/16/12 8:00 PM
leandam said...
Well done to everybody for giving this a go and a big congrats to the winners.
4/14/12 9:15 PM
TJSEWS said...
Congratulations to both winners! Beautiful swimsuits. Most definitely well-deserved!
4/14/12 9:03 PM
HDWen said...
Congratulations! Great swim suits and love the colors chosen. Those colors suit you to a tee Ryan's mom!
4/14/12 7:44 PM
Angela64 said...
Nicely done!
4/14/12 11:32 AM
Aroura said...
Congratz on well deserved wins both of you :-)
4/14/12 11:18 AM
Carolyn.S said...
Congratulations to the winners!
4/14/12 4:18 AM

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