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Date: 2/23/12 4:23 PM

I'm looking for a tankini pattern for my DD. She's about a misses 2/4 (in RTW). I would like something MODEST, (i.e. not a low-cut front) plus probably cross- or racer-back (not halter). I don't want to buy RTW for a million dollars, when she'll probably grow out of it in a year. Maybe Jalie 3023?

Any suggestions? I thought if someone had a TNT pattern they like it would be better than me searching through the reviews.

Also, I've never done swimwear and I don't have a serger! But I am an intermediate sewer. Am I in trouble?
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Date: 2/23/12 4:31 PM

tried to edit but there was no Post Message button.

What about jalie 3023?

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Date: 2/23/12 4:49 PM

I did my last swimsuit almost entirely with my sewing machine even though I have a serger. I used a Jalie pattern for the top (not a tankini) and an Ottobre for the bottom. You can see close-ups of the zigzag stitich I used on my blog.

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Date: 2/23/12 9:33 PM

I don't think you can go wrong with a Jalie for a swimsuit. Have a look at Kwiksew as well.
If you are thinking of sewing the swimsuit in March, you should enter it in the swimsuit contest! It runs March 1 to 31st.

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Date: 2/23/12 10:54 PM

I second the recommendations for Kwik Sew or Jalie patterns.

You should also join our Swim Suit Sew-Along over on the the sew along board. Lots of good links and info on sewing swimwear.

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Date: 2/24/12 11:42 AM

Kwik sew is great - I just finished a second one for my mom (late Christmas present) and the instructions are wonderful and have a great finished look. I have also made a Jalie tankini - although I wouldn't call it a modest top. :)

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Date: 2/24/12 2:08 PM

In looking through the Kwik Sews I didn't see anything that looked like a tankini. I'm guessing you could take a bikini top and add a sort of skirt to the bottom, but never having done swimwear I'd hesitate to do it that way. And thinking cutting off a one-piece wouldn't work, as the torso part would need to be a smidge fuller than the one-piece.

DD is only 13, so you can understand the need for modesty :-) And she has a LONG torso so doesn't like RTW one-pieces. At least not the reasonably-priced ones.

Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I might be too chicken to join the swimwear contest, but I'm heading over to read the related posts!

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Date: 2/24/12 6:36 PM

Kwik Sew 2868 is a tankini pattern with two length options for the top and 2 waist heights for the bottoms.

I've sewn up a regular Stretch & Sew Swimsuit pattern and was very pleased with it. My next one will be this tankini, Stretch & Sew 1360, which has options, too. Lenthening the top is easy, if you need more coverage. The Stretch & Sew site is a little funky. I couldn't find this pattern by following their tree and selecting swimsuits, but a Google search for "Stretch and Sew tankini" found it, and I was able to add it to the site shopping cart.

Tankinis are so practical; torso fit doesn't have to be exact and would be great for a young person who is still growing.

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Date: 2/26/12 10:59 AM

I made a couple of bathing suits in high school when I was still learning to sew and they held up well. I made them with a straight stitch/ zig zag sewing machine. The triple zig zag stitch works well for elastic and is found on most newer mechanicals. A lightning stitch is also good or narrow the zig zag so it almost looks straight as it will give lots of stretch. You can always sew 2 rows of tiny zig zag stitches in the seams. Jalie gives all size ranges in 1 pattern envelope starting with childrens sizes all the way to adult. Once you make a swimsuit it's hard to spend money on expensive RTW.

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Date: 2/26/12 8:58 PM

Lohroffe,

Have you had a look at KwikSew 2723? The top has a racer back and shelf bra. The construction suits a sewing machine as the elastic etc is but in with a zig zag stitch.

I made it up as an exercise top (photo of the back shown below) and I'm in the process of making it as a tankini - just the hem to finish off. The scoop neckline isn't too low but would be fairly easy to raise the neckline if you need to. It is fairly short, so you would need to increase the length. I added 8cm to the new one.


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