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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 5400 (MISSES' TWO- PIECE BATHING SUI)

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Posted on:5/13/07 8:56 PM
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lcavagnolo said... (3/26/08 7:26 PM) Reply
Thanks for the helpful review... I'm about to try this pattern as well, and hopefully my version turns out as great as yours!
MelissaB in WA said... (7/12/07 9:01 PM) Reply
I just picked up this pattern and so glad to see a favorable review. I was working on a Kwik Sew one where the bottoms are a perfect fit, but the top isn't working for me since I'm too flat chested. I think this pattern might be better suited for me. Both your suits look fantastic - I'm sure your sister is so pleased with hers as much as you are with yours! :-)
AnneM said... (5/21/07 11:42 AM) Reply
Congrats on you bathing suit. They are so expensive for such little fabric, it is worth trying your own.
motomoda said... (5/16/07 6:37 PM) Reply
This looks great! I have been told various things about 'swimsuit' elastic - some people advise using the clear elastic and it certainly avoids colour matching problems but I have found it hard to sew neatly as it seems to bunch up in a ridge when zigzagging it to the fabric. Other people say never use clear elastic but just use anything of the right width. Or you can use the rubbery stuff which may be what is used in RTW? I think it actually depends on how much wear your swimmers will get in salt or chlorine water as I suspect that the reason for specifying special elastic is because ordinary elastic might perish after some use in these situations, and that would be a dreadful thing to happen :)
Soliel said... (5/16/07 12:52 PM) Reply
Great! Thanks for the inspiration. I was trying to find elastic for swimsuits at JoAnns. Can someone help me on this? I could not find any labeled "swimsuit" the elastic labeled??? Thanks
megp47 said... (5/14/07 7:43 PM) Reply
It looks really nice on you--what a flattering cut!
Immelu said... (5/14/07 6:32 PM) Reply
Everyone, Thanks for the great compliments, tips and suggestions! You all are awesome. And, anyone who is hesitant to try a swimsuit should definately give it a try. If I can do it, anyone can. :)
jhansby said... (5/14/07 5:32 PM) Reply
Cute suit....and you look fab in it!! One of these days I'll get brave enough to make my own suit. Well done!!
vrealize said... (5/14/07 11:09 AM) Reply
Regarding the cutting diagram: pattern companies give you a layout that "best" fits the recommended fabric length on your pattern envelope. That said, when they have an "on fold" piece on a single layer of fabric where half is shown right side up and then mirror imaged over right side down, that creates an "on fold" cut. When you have to do the piece this way, you basically cut out the first half, flip it over and line it back up and cut the other half. However, if you have the extra fabric and everything still fits on the layout, just cut it on the fold! (:
Sherril Miller said... (5/14/07 10:39 AM) Reply
This swim suit style is perfect for your shape. You did a great job putting it together. Cidell, sewing swimsuits isn't hard at all.
narcissaqtpie said... (5/14/07 8:32 AM) Reply
you look great! The fit & fabric is really nice
Kath in ON said... (5/14/07 7:40 AM) Reply
Very nice! I was just looking at this pattern a week or so ago. I think I'll have to pick it up now.
Ronda Rae said... (5/14/07 7:00 AM) Reply
I love it. I like the full coverage of the bottoms, too. I also need all the coverage I can get. : ) Great review!
mochalover said... (5/14/07 6:00 AM) Reply
That is a wonderful suit! You definitely are on your way of not having people guess you made something.
fuzzygalore said... (5/14/07 4:11 AM) Reply
Love that fabric, and the suit looks very good on you. You might want to try clear polyurethane elastic for something a bit lighter... it works fine, holds for about 10 years in my experience :-), and is easier to apply because it's much lighter. Also solves any peeking out problems.
Luckylibbet said... (5/13/07 11:16 PM) Reply
One brave woman - who did a great job on a swimsuit. Try for fabric, NAYY, great selection.
SewAriane said... (5/13/07 10:04 PM) Reply
Your suit looks good! I am planning on trying to make a suit this summer.
SaraD said... (5/13/07 9:57 PM) Reply
Wow! That looks awesome! You did a great job. You may have inspired me to give it a try for myself. Thanks for sharing!
MissCelie said... (5/13/07 9:17 PM) Reply
Amazing. Seriously. I'm scared to death of making a suit, but you make it look easy.
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