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Date: 4/13/10 4:26 PM

Me and mine (boys and girls) desperately need swimsuits. I will NOT subject myself to the torture of a fitting room!!!

DD#1 and DS are notorious difficult to fit. So I'm considering the possibilities.

For DS, I like

but it doesn't have a lining. The Kwik Sew version does. So I'll probably morph the two.



For DGs, I like kwik sew


For me, I'm looking at this Jalie


Is there anyone else interested. I've never sewn a swimsuit before so I'll be muddling along hoping for the best.

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Date: 4/13/10 7:46 PM

I would be happy to join the sew along. I have one started for my daughter. I will be sewing one for me later this month.
updating: the pattern I'm using for my daughter is mccalls 5400 you can see the patternhere. I'm using pattern view C top and F bottoms. For my self it is an old pattern stretch and sew strapless swim suit.
-- Edited on 4/16/10 8:25 AM --

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Date: 4/13/10 11:12 PM

I've made that Kwik Sew suit for girls, many years ago. Even if you decide to make it in one colour, use the colour blocked pattern piece for the back and then you don't get a dumb seam right up the middle that gives you a lumpy elastic spot.

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Date: 4/14/10 1:37 AM

oh yes i would be way interested. i found some BEAUTIFUL rainbow animal print spandex that i'm dying to use.

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Date: 4/14/10 9:16 AM

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I have one started for my daughter. I will be sewing one for me later this month.


OK then...we're on the same path. What patterns are you using?

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Date: 4/14/10 9:17 AM

[/QUOTE]I've made that Kwik Sew suit for girls, many years ago. Even if you decide to make it in one colour, use the colour blocked pattern piece for the back and then you don't get a dumb seam right up the middle that gives you a lumpy elastic spot. [QUOTE]

Ok now I'm scared. can you clarify?

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Date: 4/14/10 9:18 AM

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BEAUTIFUL rainbow animal print spandex


wow! what pattern are you considering?

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Date: 4/14/10 10:34 AM

The basic one colour pattern is two pieces, a front, cut on the fold, and a back, cut in two pieces with a middle back seam. If you look at the back diagram, there's the back seam that runs all the way up to the back neck. It's very simple construction to cut and sew, but what happens is that when it's time to elasticize all the edges, because you're running elastic over a seam, it makes a bump because there's then the layers of seam plus elastic plus then turning all that over. You'll get this bump on the shoulder seams but it's not so apparent, and that's hard to avoid anyway (you can, I'll explain). So if there's the opportunity to avoid having that long seam all the way up the back, then use the alternate view back piece. You'd have to lay the centre upper back piece over the one piece back piece and cut the one piece back into two pieces. Add seam allowances. The lower back would then be cut *not* on the fold, and have a back seam, and then the upper back is cut on the fold, and voila, no back seam. It also makes it easier to use stretch mesh there for an accent. The slightly tricky part is then sewing a V shaped upper back into the a reverse V of the lower back pieces sewn together. It gets slightly rounded but not much. Or round out the V anyway, many design features to explore!

You could then go a little further and merge this upper back piece with the front piece and cut the entire thing on the fold, cutting out obviously for the head and neck hole. This would eliminate the shoulder seams, and the entire suit would have less seams. Two side seams, a crotch and where the upper and lower back meet.

Am I jumping ahead too much?
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Date: 4/14/10 11:24 AM

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Am I jumping ahead too much?


no. no. I was planning on the two piece. It doesn't look like it has a middle seam in the drawing. I like the pseudo racer back on it for little girls rather than the itty bitty triangle bikini

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Date: 4/14/10 12:01 PM

Aaaahaa!

No, the two piece doesn't have the seam up the back. I was thinking that you were doing the swimsuit. Agree, no bikini's for kids :-)

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