Can anyone help with advice on adding elastic to lycra swimsuit? I’ve just finished a pair of wee swimmers for my 6yr old. They look pretty shoddy and I’m sure you genius sewing folk out there will be able to help with top tips on getting swimwear to look a bit more um ‘professional’?
I added clear elastic just inside the raw edge using an ‘elastic stitch’ a three step zig zag, then turned to the inside and top stitched with a triple straight stitch. You can hopefully see this in the pic.
As you can see that it looks ok, but definitely not good! A bit too gathered? Daughter loves them – think the cheetah has sthg to do with that. She gets through swimsuits fast – all that chlorine and leaving suits in school bag…
Maybe I stretched the elastic too much? I was not using a pattern (well, I tweaked a leotard pattern).
I have an overlocker and a regular machine (both fairly old)…
Guidance appreciated – thanks
Er, looks like I can’t post images here in ‘Discussion’. I’m gonna post in “projects” and see how that works. Tx Lynda
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Thanks, I’ll give it a try!
I’m imagining the ruffle you’re talking about is just the result of the elastic …
Works for most cases if it’s a straightforward sleeve (no pleats, gathering or the like…