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Date: 5/22/07 11:21 AM

Help! The recent Threads cover story on making swimsuits inspired me - I'm ready to take the plunge (pun intended) and make my first suit but I use a very heavily chlorinated near-body temperature theraputic pool that eats bathing suits alive. I'm planning to completely line my suit. I suspect that the spandex/lycra/elastic is the big problem. Luckily my fellow pool people tend to let each other know when the seat of the suit is thin enough to read through.

Suggestions for where to get especially chlorine-resistant fabrics and ways to postpone fabric collapse would be much appreciated.

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Date: 5/22/07 12:30 PM

The best way to combat the warm chlorinated water is to rinse the suit in very cold water as soon as you get out of it. Once it no longer gives off distinctly chlorine vapors and is icy cold, let it drip dry. DON'T put it in the dryer, ever! That will cause rapid decompostion. Also, don't dry it in the sun either.

I used to swim.

A lot.

Hope that helps!
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Date: 5/22/07 5:50 PM

Two Canadian sources for swimsuit fabrics,

Sundrop Textiles not a great website, but give them a call they have great customer service.

Textile Outfitters has Chloroblock for swimsuits. It is expensive, but you do not need much for a suit. They also have all the notions patterns etc, plus great customer service.

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Date: 5/22/07 7:08 PM

Uhm, I didn't find chloroblock on their site. Is it a fabric, or a rinse-in treatment? If it is a rinse-in treatment, is it similar to Rit's chlorine remover?

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Date: 5/22/07 7:13 PM

I've bought chlorine-resistant swimsuit fabric from eBay, and the vendor has a website store also.
I searched by "chlorine" on the theory that unless it was resistant that word wouldn't be mentioned.
There's more than one trade name for swimsuit fabric with this property - which is a very useful one. Even with rinsing immediately after swimming, often enough damage is done while you're in the pool. Sometimes after only one wear.

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Date: 5/22/07 7:26 PM

Thanks for all the quick replies! I'll definitely try the cold water and check out the websites too. I know that one local store here (northern NJ) does sell a chemical treatment for bathing suits but it is pricy and by the time I get home I just want to curl up and rest without fussing over swimwear. Our dressing room is too cramped to do anything other than give our suits a quick rinse.

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Date: 5/22/07 9:23 PM

Quote: Lady_Mame
Uhm, I didn't find chloroblock on their site. Is it a fabric, or a rinse-in treatment? If it is a rinse-in treatment, is it similar to Rit's chlorine remover?

Chloroblock is a polyester fabric. It's great stuff, easy to sew, drys quickly and lasts a long time. Textile Outfitters is the only source that I know of for it.
Cholorban is a similar fabric. A retail source for that one is http://www.creativestyling.com.
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Date: 5/22/07 11:35 PM

The posted link should take you to the chloroblock page. It does for me I will relink.

Chloroblock. It is a fabric without lycra, so you do not have to worry about the lycra rotting in the chlorine.

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Date: 5/23/07 0:08 AM

http://www.big4fabrics.com/

This is the peeps I've used more than once there's a link to the fabric they've got on ebay. I daren't look again myself until I use the yardage I already have.

(I'm happy enough to paying for shipping to Australia)

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Date: 5/23/07 0:22 AM

Neat stuff, thanks!

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