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Date: 4/7/13 6:13 PM

Hello All!

I am fairly new to PR and would like to seek your help. I've been getting pretty excited to start sewing swimsuits--I've never done it before! I've been doing a lot of research and have started drafting my patterns. Once I've mastered my own swimsuit, I'm planning on sewing some for my friends and sister. One of my friends is pretty self-conscious and is worried about her tummy area. When we were discussing possible designs, she mentioned she wanted some tummy control. Would any of you know how that would work?

Would that just be an extra under layer of super strong stretch fabric? Would it then have to be patterned slightly smaller--but wouldn't that make the outer layer bunch? I tried to solve this puzzle but have come away so confused!

I would appreciate any help you could offer!

Thank you so much for your time!

MelissaB in WA
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Date: 4/7/13 6:30 PM

A few years ago, I used some power net in some swimsuit bottoms I made hoping for extra tummy control. It worked well and the fabric is very similar to the fabric in my RTW "slimsuit" with tummy control. Here is a description at Sew Sassy of power net fabric.. Hope this helps you!

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Date: 4/7/13 8:10 PM

Like Melissa I have used power net in a one piece suit - worked well. I originally got the idea by looking and trying on RTW swimwear and they all used power net.

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Date: 4/7/13 8:57 PM

Do you cut the power net the same size as the suit itself or do you cut it smaller? Do you make the swimsuit at all smaller to account for the minimizing effect of the power net?

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Date: 4/8/13 0:01 AM

I probably wouldn't go smaller at first, because you can always take it in.
A lined swimsuit can fit up to a whole size smaller, and that's with a regular lining. I used to make costumes for dance team and twirlers, and found this out by accident. I normally only lined the fronts, with no problems, but when I lined the back and front, I had real fitting issues. Then I confirmed this in the book 'Sewing Activewear.'
In ready to wear, some suits have graduated lining where it is tighter and looser in some areas. Not exactly sure how that is done.
Be sure and add 1 inch side seams for fitting.

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Date: 4/8/13 4:08 PM

If you do use powernet, you need to make sure to use it on both the front and the back. Sometimes RTW suits have it just on the front, but then the back just stretches more, and the side seams pull forward. Stuart has some good info on his site. NAYY
the info on powernet is Here
While the home page is Patternschool
Lots of really good info on this site!
Judy

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Date: 4/8/13 4:26 PM

I ordered swim suit supplies, including power net, from Ann St. Claire's Needle Nook shop in Kansas. The salesperson was very helpful on the phone and discussed different weights/amount of stretch for the power net. They were quick to ship my order too. Have yet to stitch it up.
However, it's becoming more urgent as our young dog chewed thru my suit.

Here's the link to Ann's blog-

power net, swimsuit and bra supplies

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Date: 4/8/13 7:59 PM

Wow! You have all been incredibly helpful. Thank you so much! I went out and bought some power net today so hopefully that will work out. Thank you for the tip, Novicesewist! I definitely would've just sewn the lining to the front if you hadn't warned me. However, now that you've mentioned it, it makes so much sense.

PR is such a wonderful community. I'm so happy to be part of this community and look forward to sewing along with you all!

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