Bathing suit fabric hard to work with?

ginjjJuly 6, 2009

I'd like to make a bathing suit top that is loose fitting around the stomach. Fortunately we can buy tops and bottoms separately these days but I can't find a top that works for me being overweight. I have the black swim shorts. I don't do much sewing anymore but if it wasn't too difficult I should be able to do it, especially since I want a very simple pattern.

So my question is, how difficult is it to work on bathing suit fabric?



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I have made many suits, but I do a lot of the work with a serger. I don't think they are hard at all.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 12:21AM
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My machine is a 37 year old Singer.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 12:43AM
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It's been(seems like a million)years, but I made a suit once on a Singer(made in the 70's)that just had a few different stretch and zig-zag stitches. I don't think the fabric was any more difficult than most knits. Just be sure to use a ball-point needle.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 11:38AM
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Thanks for the information. I haven't worked on knits for 30 years so this could prove to be a challenge.


    Bookmark   July 9, 2009 at 11:18AM
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I have used spandex to make myself blouses and dresses. With most of it I had no trouble if using a ball-point needle. Once in a while I hit a spandex fabric that made the needle skip stitches. Someone told me that in that case, I should cut some long thin strips of tissue (or any other kind of paper that is easy to tear off when done) and stitch through them as I sew. It could be a bit tricky, as you need to very slightly stretch a knit while machine sewing it, but it does stop the skipping.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 10:36AM
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Oh hey - not to discourage anyone from sewing on the Sewing Forum, but have you looked @ the swimsuit 'tankini' tops @ Target? They have the kind w/ a flared panel - apron-style. I have several I wear w/ black swim shorts & I love 'em - they're about $20 online, but less, I think in-store....

Here is a link that might be useful: Tankinis

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 12:01PM
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