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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Embarrassing seat issue in kwik sew swim suit ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Embarrassing seat issue in kwik sew swim suit
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Date: 6/18/13 10:38 PM

Yes, pics of my back end on the Internet. But I really need your help. Is this fixable?
I tried taking the back center seam in but it just pulled the suit further up my "cheeks" (ugh. So embarrassing) and didn't fix this hideousness at all.
This is the basic tank pattern from the Kwik sew swim wear book.

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Here is a side shot in case it helps. Side view on Flickr
-- Edited on 6/18/13 10:50 PM --

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Date: 6/18/13 10:58 PM

Hi Leu, that's pretty cheeky to post those pics right on the interwebs! It looks as though you have enough fabric to cover your ...self...would it help to tighten the elastic? Someone else will surely chime in with a better suggestion. Nice suit!!

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Date: 6/18/13 11:28 PM

Yes, marec, I know!!!! Egads, man. as soon as I solve the problem, they are getting deleted.
You know, I haven't put the elastic in yet. It is lined and I am worried that once the elastic goes in I won't be able to fix the problem. On the other hand, I did wonder if the elastic would help the issue. But, even if I tried pulling a little this way and that, as if the elastic were there, it didn't help the bloopy butt look along the seam. *sigh*
Thanks, though! The fabric is from Mood and I love it. Although, I've thought about tossing it all for that Bombshell suit that is popping up everywhere. The big problem is family, all-pool-all-the-time vacation starts July 4th :(
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Date: 6/18/13 11:42 PM

It looks like the crotch and leg opening might need to be narrower /trimmed, if you have another suit take a look at it to compare, it seems to me that that's what's causing this. Once that's done you might have to take in the side seams to smooth out the back side. Just remember when you are trimming to leave the seam allowance in (ask me how I know). Once you have that sorted the elastic should smooth it the rest of the way but first it needs to lie flatter first.

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Date: 6/19/13 0:03 AM

When you put the elastic in, will you be rolling the elastic in so that some of the width of the fabric will be used up? (This is how the Stretch and Sew swimsuit pattern that I use works.) That might actually solve a lot of the problem if it seems too wide now, causing bunching. If you trim too much off, too narrow is a worse problem...

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Date: 6/19/13 1:16 AM

If you haven't put in the elastic yet, I wouldn't worry too much. It looks like a pretty good fit besides the bunching. There's enough fabric there.

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Date: 6/19/13 4:14 AM

What happens if you use both hands to grab the fabric at the side seams on the outside leg edges and fold out/pinch up at least an inch or two there?On each side. Does that make that go away? To me it looks like it might be way too big for you? Like in size cut kind of large? The only reason I think that, is looking at the fabric even over the small of your back, it looks like to me, it's just laying on you, and not hardly any negative ease in it, and suit fabric not even stretched out over you that much.

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Date: 6/19/13 7:51 AM

I would install the elastic and then look at the back. If the problem still occurs, then I would pinch out the CB seam at your bum. If this results in less "cheek" coverage, then I would add in a little width at the leg opening where you need it on the next swimsuit.

IMO, the fit issues on a swimsuit cannot be addressed until the elastic is in and turned under (at least with a basting stitch for a fit assessment).
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Date: 6/19/13 8:14 AM

Yes, absolutely add the elastic. I've made many bathing suits in my day and you can't get any idea of the real fit until you put the elastic in. I love that fabric, where did you find it?

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Date: 6/19/13 12:24 PM

Kwik Sew is known for having crotch pieces that are too wide. Check out any of the panty reviews and you'll see. That is what appears to be going on in your pic. Trim 1/4" from each side of the crotch piece, tapering to nothing in the front and back. Try the suit back on and see if you've trimmed enough. Keep trimming off a little at a time until you get the right amount. Once you're happy with the "look", then attach the elastic. Don't forget to allow for the turn of cloth when you attach the elastic and turn it in.

The fabric doesn't have enough area to spread out over so it's bunching together causing the unsightly wrinkles. HTH.

By the way, I love your fabric choice.
-- Edited on 6/19/13 12:27 PM --

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