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Swimsuit Lycra Leopard print

Added Feb 13, 2010

by drumml

Wellington, New ...






I posted this in Discussion area but looks like I can’t upload images there?

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

Material Notes

Lovely swim lycra from local designer fabric outlet store. End of summer sale.




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    Nov 26, 2010, 05.12 PMby moorebetter

    Hi Lynda,

    Great job! I have been sewing for over 36 years, but I am such a chicken when it comes to swim suits. I have tons of swim suit fabrics just sitting bags. I own over 200 swim suits and I don’t say this to brag. I have dissected a few swim suits :-) and studied the stitching and every little detail on the swim suits. The next swim suit you make you should purchase the elastic and install the elastic as you sew. Look at the elastic around the legs, chest, neck and back on some of your purchased swim suits.

    I hope this helps and wish me luck on my swim suit projects! K

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    Feb 14, 2010, 02.49 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    you suit looks just fine! it’s pretty normal for it to look like that when it’s not on a body.

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    Feb 14, 2010, 01.20 AMby misssylver

    Well at least she’s still young enough that you can practice!

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    Feb 13, 2010, 01.03 PMby misssylver

    Umm you probably don’t want to hear this, especially as I have no experience working with swimwear but I think it looks great.

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      Feb 14, 2010, 12.07 AMby drumml

      Thanks. It actually looks ok when its on – and she hasn’t taken it off all morning so it’s a winner as far as girl is concerned. L

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