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Date: 7/2/12 0:36 AM

Just curious if there's a benefit to lining the back of a swim suit if the pattern doesn't instruct you to. My swim suit fabric has no show through issues. Thoughts?

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Date: 7/2/12 0:48 AM

I often make suits with no back lining. What you need to be careful of, is that the back will have lots of stretch and the front won't be so stretchy due to 2 layers, which can effect fit. In fact if you fully line a swimsuit, you may have to go up another size.
I had that problem the first time I fully lined a suit, and I used a 4 way stretch lining, not the cheesey 2 way stretch lining. Later I read the book 'Sewing Activewear' and it mentioned a full lining can make a suit fit smaller.

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Date: 7/2/12 9:53 AM

I make a lot of swimsuits for clients -- the primary issue for lining the back of a suit is for the "see-through" factor. When I do competition bikinis which don't go near water, the clients might choose a lighter weight fabric which may require front and back lining.

If you are using good quality swimsuit fabric there shouldn't be an issue structurally.

Make sure you check the "see-through" when your fabric is wet -- some lighter colours become more "sheer" when wet.

To avoid lining affecting the fit of your suit, make sure that the lining has the same degree of stretch as your swimsuit fabric -- if it doesn't, it will affect the properties of your swimsuit fabric.

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Date: 7/2/12 10:39 AM

I've mentioned the terrible problems with chemicals at my Y before. The bottoms that keep me modest are the ones that are lined with a full back liner. Sometimes the color fades on the outer layer where an unlined suit stresses, but I never experience see through when the back has been fully lined.

The failed suits I see at the Y reveal that the back of the suit is unlined. And that is not all that is revealed!

This is for 3 - 5 days a week, 1.5 - 2 hours in the water.

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Date: 7/2/12 10:51 AM

I was just comparing this yesterday. I've been swimming a lot lately and have been cycling through my swimsuits. I have a RTW swimsuit with no back lining. I've also made Butterick 4526 view C a couple of times which does have a back lining. The fully lined Butterick swimsuits have a higher quality feel than the RTW swimsuit. So, the back lining is optional, but it makes the swimsuit feel more high end. As others have said though, the back lining affects stretch and fit. The fully lined suits are not as stretchy. The fully lined suits seem to hold up better in chlorine and last longer. They have held their shape very well.

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Date: 7/3/12 11:10 AM

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I've mentioned the terrible problems with chemicals at my Y before.



I also spend several hours each week in the water at the Y. My suits are various Kwik Sew patterns made from chlorine resistant fabrics with front linings only.

I go through (no pun intended) about three suits per year. It is easy for me to whip up another suit and I get bored easily with wearing the same suit day after day. BUT, the chemicals do eat the fabrics at an alarming rate and the fashion malfunctions you see everyday are something else!

Line the front for sure. Line the back if you feel more secure that way. If you are "swimming for the gold" you probably won't line anything!
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Date: 7/3/12 12:20 PM

I'm curious about what kind of elastic you both are using? I know chlorine eats elastic as well as fabric.

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Date: 7/3/12 12:51 PM

Thanks everyone for the insights. Some very interesting food for thought. I'm going to lining the back of my suit. I keep my suits for many seasons so it'll be nicer fully lined. And I can't trust anyone to tell me when the suit is past its prime and revealing too much.

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Date: 7/3/12 9:25 PM

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I'm curious about what kind of elastic you both are using? I know chlorine eats elastic as well as fabric.

Swimwear elastic. I got it at Joanns.

I made casings for the elastic instead of sewing the elastic directly onto the fabric. (I just followed the pattern instructions as written). This way the fit could be adjusted and, if the elastic wore out due to chlorine, I could easily replace the elastic. The swimwear elastic has held up well, though.
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Date: 7/3/12 10:17 PM

I'm out of my stash of 'good stuff'.

Using some so-called Dritz Cotton Swimwear Elastic from Joann's labeled at 55% Poly/45% Rubber in the meantime. I've used this blend before and it's held up longer with the chemicals than the fabric.

Back when.......the guys (my sons) were in the pool at least four hours a day before discounts could be found online and those little scraps of fabric called competitive suits were expensive. I used the first retail offerings of clear elastic which held up extremely well. It's been disappointing to see mixed reviews on current clear elastic offerings.

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This surprises me as I've always gone for a higher rubber content.
76% Cotton/24% Rubber

Plan to order some of this.
64% Cotton/34% Neoprene

Nice post including comments on elastic and an awesome example of stitching the leg opening with a double needle.
Vively Online: Swimwear

A source worth trying. Bra-makers supply, if they don't sell decent elastic they couldn't stay in business, right?
Lingerie, Swim & Clear Elastics
They may make me rethink what I plan to order.

Not for swimming, but I often see questions on where to buy foldover elastic

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