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Date: 2/7/13 6:13 AM

Hello, i have just finished a successful pair of bathers for my little girl.. I can't believe how well they turned out, considering i was close to giving up LOL. I will post a review in the next few days..very excited. However, I did have some questions that I would love everyone's feedback on. For instance, for this project I used the brand "BIRCH 10mm woven" elastic in a pack suitable for swimwear (written on packet). I used this width because this is what the pattern said to use. I wonder how it would impact if the next pair I make I use a 5mm elastic instead? I was thinking of removing 1cm from the pattern leg width areas so that it does add to the width by using a narrower elastic. Also, the brand I used was a little bulky and did not strectch that much.. it did but it felt quite stiff. Are there any other brands anyone can recommend for swimwear... this is all coming from comparing to th RTW bathers.. the elastic is narrower and also feels lighter. I may just go and test this for the next pair but thought I would ask while my head space is still doing swimwear overdrive.

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Date: 2/7/13 10:06 AM

I use 3/8" (10 mm) elastic for the leg, neck and armhole openings on swimwear but the width used at the waist varies depending on the style of the suit.

If the suit is going to be used in chlorine or salt water I use the chlorine resistant swimwear elastic -- not familiar with the Birch brand you use. I buy mine in bulk from a wholesaler (Domcord Belding brand).

I know many RTW suits use a narrow rubber elastic but I'm not a big fan of it.

I also sew lots of suits for clients that are for sunbathing only and I will use a knit or non-roll elastic in those.

I haven't sewn children's swimwear in a very long time so no advice there.

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Date: 2/7/13 3:42 PM

I use knit swimswear elastic. You can stretch it really hard and it won't narrow. I used to use the cotton swimwear and switched to this. For adult and children I prefer 3/8. For toddlers I have used 1/4, it works well in the strap area.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:23 PM

Quote: SheBear0320
I use 3/8" (10 mm) elastic for the leg, neck and armhole openings on swimwear but the width used at the waist varies depending on the style of the suit.

I do the same. I have tried the clear elastic, which is thin. I was a bit nervous about it, but it's held up well.
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Date: 2/11/13 11:50 PM

I've never used clear elastic in a swimsuit -- do use clear elastic a lot when working with stretch mesh on dance, skating and gymnastics apparel.

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Date: 2/12/13 3:37 PM

I have no helpful advice for the person who started this topic, but I'm eager to pick the brains of all these swimwear sewers! I would love to learn to make my own swimsuits. I swim 3 days a week and usually buy Speedo or TYR one-pieces, but they don't last that long in the water. Any pointers on where to start for learning how/patterns? Thanks

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Date: 2/12/13 4:35 PM

Jalie & KwikSew are the most popular patterns. I believe there is a "swimwearthread" if you search for it.

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Date: 2/12/13 5:40 PM

I strongly recommend Kwik Sew's Sewing Swim & Active Wear -- it is an amazing beginner book with master patterns included.

I picked up a copy at Hancock's last fall when on holidays in the U.S. for a friend here -- I've had my copy for years and it is very, very well-used.

Also recommend both Kwik Sew and Jalie patterns. For fabric you can try Spandex House, Spandex World or Stretch House (all in New York).

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2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
73.125 yards sewn (as of 10/21/14)
135.5 yards purchased (as of 10/21/14)

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Date: 2/13/13 4:04 PM

Thanks, and thanks to (the other poster...sorry the thread goes away when I start to reply). I ordered the Kwik-sew book and did find some other posts on the forum.

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