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I am using one of burda pattern for a two piece bikini. With that I have noticed from purchasing swimsuits in the past, I have noticed that they put elastic in the drawstrings. Especially for the triangle tops. Why is this done? How come it is not included in the instructions of sewing suits. I sure could use some tips on this as I am trying to copy an old suit that has worn out.


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    Mar 26, 2014, 03.12 PMby katensew

    I expect the elastic gives a bit more security – and keep the boobs in place and supported !! You could also apply some clear strips ( like clear bra straps ) underneath the chest area that will " grip" the flesh. Double the gusset area as sometimes the fabrics become a bit transparent when wet..

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      Mar 27, 2014, 12.56 AMby pleasurediva

      Thank you very much for giving me some great information. This will help. I am working on a few new designs, tweaking a pattern or two.

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    Feb 21, 2015, 07.15 PMby timgriffin1

    I have noticed this in all of the youtube videos of bikini making. NOBODY mentions elastic! I have found it not to be as nessecery in the tops, but the bottoms must have elastic or they will not conform to your body.
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    Feb 23, 2015, 07.33 PMby marysew

    I’ve sewn a lot of swimsuits and the elastic does create a stronger drawstring and also prevents the stitches from breaking when the drawstring is tied tightly.

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