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Swimmin' In Teal

Added Jan 16, 2012

by betterhandmade

Murfreesboro, Te...




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so, this is my first time making a bathing suit, and I love how it came out!! I must say though, that there was much trial and error during the process. I started out making it with one printed fabric and using the Alison pattern, but the pattern was all wonky so I created my own. Here is a link to my blog that describes more about my final product and the changes I made. http://stitchafterstitch88.blogspot.com/2012/01/swimmin-in-teal.html I will def have to make more, esp so I can perfect my pattern.




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    Jan 30, 2012, 10.51 AMby carolientje

    i love it!!!!!!!

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    Jan 17, 2012, 08.29 PMby turtlegirl00

    This is adorable!!! i love the fabric and it came out so cute! great job!

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    Jan 17, 2012, 08.08 AMby loulourosa

    Lovely bathing suit, perfect for a mermaid :-)

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    Jan 16, 2012, 09.06 PMby betterhandmade

    thanks everyone!! =D

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    Jan 16, 2012, 06.26 PMby lienepien

    Looks great!

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    Jan 16, 2012, 02.01 PMby patti-r

    That looks Awesome!!! Great Job!!! Love the Ruching!! Did you raise the back of the suit?

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      Jan 16, 2012, 09.01 PMby betterhandmade

      thanks!! yes, I did raise the back of the suit. I actually created a panel that connects with the bust section on the sides. I’ll try and remember to get a pic showing what I did.

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      Jan 16, 2012, 09.22 PMby patti-r

      Thank you for responding so quickly, would love to see the back!!


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    Jan 16, 2012, 10.44 AMby BiscuitBem

    This is gorgeous

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    Jan 16, 2012, 09.54 AMby sarahwau

    This is excellent :-) You seem to have solved a couple of problems I had with the first Alison swimsuit I made. I’m just about to read your blog to find out more about how you did it.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 07.53 AMby schnui

    Great swimsuit; it looks good on. What kind of problems did you have? Did you use an overlocker or your sewing machine and how did you go stretching the elastic evenly That is always the difficult stage that I have found when sewing a swimsuit. I would love to know how you went.

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      Jan 16, 2012, 09.05 PMby betterhandmade

      no, I didn’t use an overlocker. for the gem on the front panel I just did a straight stitch and stretched it a little ad I went along. I did the same thing for all my other seams, just a straight stitch. I currently don’t have elastic anywhere in the suit, but I think I am going to add a piece, or two, under the bust to make sure everything stays where it’s supposed to.

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      Jan 16, 2012, 10.14 PMby schnui

      Thanks for your reply and you have now given me courage to try swim suit sewing again.

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    Jan 16, 2012, 05.21 AMby corarae

    Great job! It looks wonderful. I haven’t ventured into anything remotely fitted yet for fear of a total flop. :)

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      Jan 16, 2012, 05.54 AMby betterhandmade

      thanks!! I say just dive right in and give it a shot!! just use inexpensive fabric the first time while you figure everything out. the first one I worked on before this one, I used a printed fabric that I love and the pattern didn’t turn out right at all, so now I have to go back and redesign so I can use the awesome fabric. I had never sewn anything like a bathing suit, or fitted, either before this, so don’t count yourself out just yet :)

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