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Pattern Reviews> Kwik Sew> 2605/2606 (Girls swimsuits)

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Reviewed by:Chimene
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Posted on:7/2/04 10:25 PM
Last Updated:7/4/04 5:43 PM
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MsConnie said... (7/3/04 9:15 AM) Reply
Chimene, penelope's advice will work on a KS swimsuit as well. The stretched elastic will get very tight across the back area as you are sewing, but when you are finished it will snug up nicely. You might want to try the Stretch & Sew swim elastic as well. You did a great job on your first suit - they get easier every time! The kids will really enjoy their swim wardrobes - it's very addictive & you won't be able to stop making them!
alicia said... (7/3/04 8:05 AM) Reply
I just cut out a swimsuit for a daughter... thanks for this!! Can't wait to put it together now! Thank you for the inside photos.
JDpenelope said... (7/3/04 7:25 AM) Reply
Chimene, Could you tack the elastic in place at the qtr marks? I have done that sometimes on tight-fitting elastic before sewing.
Chimene said... (7/3/04 7:11 AM) Reply
Thanks for the elastic advice. I pinned it in quarter marks as the pattern suggested but as I pulled, some of the pins fell out. Now I see why it was important to keep those 1/4 marks together! I think I will use a marker that will probably keep me on track. Thanks again
Melissa S. said... (7/3/04 6:16 AM) Reply
I can tell you that I wouldn't have had the courage to attempt a swimsuit when I was a beginner--good for you! Thanks for the review.
JDpenelope said... (7/2/04 11:48 PM) Reply
Nice first suit! You're a good deal faster than I am--it took me all weekend to make my first suit for dgd...Regarding the elastic, the Stretch & Sew pattern I used said to pin elastic in 1 to 1 ratio along front leg opening and stretched across the backleg opening. Don't know if that would translate to your pattern.
LindaS. said... (7/2/04 11:37 PM) Reply
Chimene, that suit looks great inside and out! When applying elastic, I cut a measured amount, for example for each leg opening let's say you want a piece of elastic 15" (or whatever the pattern calls for). Fold it in half and mark it with a pin or pen. Fold the elastic from the half mark to the beginning and mark that, which would be 1/4 and from the half mark to the end and mark that which would be 3/4. Now divide the the leg opening into fourths and mark each fourth. As you start stitching the elastic, pull the elastic so that the 1/4 mark on both the elastic and leg opening match up and sew. When you reach the 1/4 mark, stretch the elastic so that the half marks are matching, then the 3/4 marks and finally the ends. Make sure you start out with the same length elastic for each side of the leg, arm or whatever opening you're sewing and you should be OK. Hope this helps!
LiZ said... (7/2/04 11:31 PM) Reply
The patterns that I have used get you to pin mark elastic and fabric in quarters and match up. This takes a bit of practice to get it just right [lycra is so slippery] so maybe you could try marking it into eighths and pin it firmly, then stretch out from 1 pin point to the next and sew right to the pin, then do the next section. Hope that this helps you. This pattern looks like it is a good one for kids.
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