Added Nov 14, 2010
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No doubt about it, sewing can be expensive. Sure, it’s cheaper than having a garment custom-made or tailored, but hop on over to your local chain store and suddenly making a garment that you may or may not like doesn’t sound too appealing. Of course, I do it for the creativity aspect, and it feels better knowing that the final production on your garment came from the sweatshop in your own home rather than halfway around the world.
But bathing suits may be the exception. Often selling at $60 for the top and another $60 for the bottom, you end up with not much fabric and a hefty credit card bill. And this is exactly why making your own is especially economical.
I made my first bathing suit with McCall’s DIY Style pattern, which was easy to use and had lots of helpful tips for fitting, sewing and modifying. Although I bought it because I was specifically looking for the bandeau-style bathing suit and a modern cut on the bottoms (read: no Baywatch hips), it is very customizable with pieces to make a variety of suits.
I picked out two fabrics (I haven’t made the second one yet) at one yard each for $10/yd. SpandexWorld makes you buy a whole yard of each (even though the pattern only calls for 3/4s), and so that gave me the opportunity to pick what part of the pattern I wanted for each piece of my bathing suit. I loved the results! And $10 a bathing suit? Oh yeah!
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