Added Jul 31, 2010
Montego Bay, Jam...
I had a employee trip that I as planning on going on and we were going to hit the beach so I needed a bathing suit. I made 2 in the past but they no longer fit and I walked around a bit to see if I saw any I might buy that was reasonably priced AND fit but of course I found none.
I always wanted a nice 1-piece and always loved this type of style. I had the turquoise material for a while now, I initially used it to make a long sleeve shrug and had lots left over and I knew one day, it would be a bathing suit.
I first drafted a pattern using a bodice block blouse I created using a stretch t-shirt I owned. I used this block as a guide to draft any tops that I might make from stretch material. I actually used my own panties to draft the bottom side of the bathing suit. Once I created the pattern, I tested it on some cheap stretch knit that I didn’t love and wasn’t planning on making anything with.
I had to make adjustment to the waist section that had the ring on the side and bring it up higher, I also had to make the crotch section narrower. The keyhole at the center front was smaller and I made that a little larger. If I choose to do it in another fabric, I would add 1" at the top section that joins the part to cover my bust and the torso, I would also remove 1" from the bottom of the bust section. Doing this will give my bust area more support but overall, I’m glad how it came out.
I added elastic around the edges to make it fit properly. To ensure both layers of material kept in place while I stitched the elastic, I first stitched the layers down about 1/4" from the edge and then another stitch close to the edge it self, that makes 2 rows, then the material stays put while you run the elastic. I used my zig-zag feature for this, dont own a serger yet. I had to zig-zag about 3-4 times to make sure it was secure.
(The elastic around the backside looks bungled but actually fits well on my bum)
It took me 2 weeks to draft the pattern, create and sew the block and then complete the bathing suit. It was a lesson in patience trust me but by browsing other sewing profiles, I saw where practically everybody drafted a “muslin” first and then made necessary corrections and then completed the garment. At one point I would have said that was too much work but then I have lot of stuff that I spoiled because of my impatience so I’m now glad I have a bathing suit to be extremely proud of :]
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