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Date: 2/2/06 6:41 PM

I'm looking for a pattern for a swimsuit that does *not* have a low or open back. Kwiksew has a weird swim jacket pattern, but I really can't picture that as being comfortable for swimming laps. In fact, I really don't know what a swim jacket would be much good for at all....some hybrid non-wetsuit? Dunno. But anyway....

Is the reason that I can't find any swimsuits without open backs because the open back is needed for movement? Or just because the style is to show as much skin as possible? A lot of pattern envelopes don't even bother showing the back, which is peeving me greatly.

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Date: 2/2/06 6:45 PM

They don't show the back, but I betcha Jalie 974 is a racer back.

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Date: 2/2/06 7:03 PM

I know from her postings that neefer is really into making her own lap suits--maybe a pm or checking her past posts? There have been some threads re: this, maybe one was on plus sized suits (?) but it had good info...hth.

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Date: 2/2/06 7:09 PM

Nikki, I am a lap swimmer and my daughters swim on a team. I have made for myself Jalie 971 and while there is hole in the back it is cut up higher than my Speedo racer back. I also swim in my Lands End suit and the straps stay put.

I think the reason is for freedom of movement expecially if you are a breaststroker or flyer. Any suit that is slightly tight but the straps stay put is ok for lap swimming. Racing is different--the girls like them TIGHT because they don't like the sensation of any movement--it bugs them.

Kwik Sew 2962 is a higher back with a racer armhole (no hole). I just ordered it for my 10 yo because her shoulders are becoming really square from racing and KS 2606 was restraining her there.

You can use any activewear/dance pattern you like: KS 3154 and don't make the skirt. As long as you have enough stretch to your liking. I buy my Speedo's for example, 2 sizes bigger than my size because I don't need it to be that tight.

I totally agree on the line drawings not showing the back. I emailed Jalie before I bought mine to tell me if it was racer or not.

I hope I answered your question. If not, email me as I have made tons of swimsuits. The chlorine destroys them after a month or two; my girls swim 5 days a week.

Sharon

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Date: 2/2/06 7:30 PM

I just went to Jalie.com & they have 2 activewear patterns that could be used for swim with higher backs

Jalie

Jalie 2105 & 945

Jalie 2105

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Date: 2/2/06 7:32 PM

I meant also Jalie 2443

Jalie 2443

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Date: 2/2/06 7:34 PM

Jalie 971 is what I use for my lap suits.

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Date: 2/2/06 11:02 PM

Polyester suits are not affected by chlorine. I don't know where you would find the fabric. I have found that for me at least, it is not worth it to make my suits. I do water aerobics and laps at least 3x per week and I was going broke buying suits. The one I made did not last any longer. Now I buy the polyester endurance suits from kiefer.com. they supply all kinds of competitve swimwear and accessories.

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Date: 2/2/06 11:22 PM

Thanks everyone! I had looked at the Jalie patterns but there were no pictures of the back.... I'll look at them more closely.

Alice, I think you can buy the poly swim fabric from some online vendors, but iirc it is pricey....if you try a search of the boards it might show up.

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Date: 2/2/06 11:31 PM

If anyone finds a source of poly swim fabric or Chloroban, please post - I have been thinking of making my own suits because the plus-size ones are available from so few vendors and they are so expensive (~$80). They do last a long time, but I would like to try and make one myself.

I did find some plus-size Ocean and Speedos, but the back is too low cut for me - I feel like my butt is showing (it's not, but it's too low!).

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