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From: jessi1959
Date: 06-15-2007, 08:15 AM (1 of 4)
I have been making my own swimsuits now for about 4 months. Reason is cause i work out at ymca and the clorine is so strong that they dont last long. Problem is i can never get elastic in the same way every time and i have no clue what to do to fix the problem. When i put neckline it the elastic doesnt lay flat. It curls outwards and i have no clue what causes this. Is it cause i pulled elastic to tight or is it cause elastic is too loose?? Can someone please help.. thanks Linda
User: jessi1959
Member since: 01-17-2005
Total posts: 49
From: grandma C
Date: 06-16-2007, 02:52 AM (2 of 4)
I hope you get an ans. soon. I just bought spandex fabric for a swimsuit for my DGD age 12. I am concerned about building in a bra. She'll just die if the suit makes her look flat chested.
I just bought the recent Threads issue and it has a tutorial on swimsuit making. Maybe that will help us both. Best of success to you.
Belinda/ Grandma C
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Skye
Date: 06-16-2007, 06:55 PM (3 of 4)
Not sure that I have the answer - I like to use the flat rubber type swimwear elastic and these days seem to only use Kwik Sew patterns. I would say that your neckline is too loose. The Threads magazine article is good and the instructions KS patterns are nice and clear the KS Active and swimwear book is good too
How are you applying the elastic ?
It is important to only stretch the elastic not the fabric that can lead to wonky neckines - ask me how I know
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
From: Cathie.Tombs
Date: 08-07-2007, 04:37 PM (4 of 4)
Great question. I too have stretched elastic and the fashion fabric. There is a Singer book out (part of their sewing series) on swim wear/action wear. Hubby got it at the library for me recently, and it is my next read. I am also trying out this technique for "better" T's. I even have a dress (better rummage), knit bodice with rayon skirt) that has elastic in the bodice, applied like swim wear/action wear. The KS book on same is very good! I think also part of the solution is have the correct LENGTH of elastic, but, this takes a little experimentation. There is also the cotton/lycra swim wear elastic. I am not there yet, but working on this. Good luck.
User: Cathie.Tombs
Member since: 08-27-2006
Total posts: 44
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