Ginger Sew Along: Planning
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Swimsuit fabric can be expensive and hard to find, but there are lots of sources online that have a good selection for a decent price.
I often scour Ebay for fabric-finds. A simple search for "Swimsuit fabric" will bring up a few pages of goodies. Fabric.com has a good selection of Swimwear fabrics, as well as polyester ITY knits, that when lined, will work well for this swimsuit. Etsy as well is a great source for supplies. Sew Sassy has really reasonably priced lining, and solids.
Swimwear fabrics often make me cringe. Neon, gigantic hibiscus florals, cheesy designs... I find that using prints sparingly tends to make a more... sophisticated suit.
Sew in swimsuit cups can be found at most fabric stores and most online retailers. They usually come in a range of sizes, A-B, B-C, etc. They come lightly padded or push up, so decide which you prefer. We will be stitching these directly to our lining. Sew Sassy is a great resource for these kinds of findings. The added cups are 100% optional and do not need to be added.
Swimwear elastic is often quite rubbery - or the clear type. I hate that clear elastic, it's sticky and makes me mad. I am using a chlorine-friendly elastic that looks just like any elastic you would buy at the fabric store. It is up to you what kind of elastic you use. You will need a resilient elastic, no wider than 3/8" for your leg and neck openings, and a 1/2" elastic (optional) for under the bust. I am using bra strapping for this.
Clear elastic can be used to stabilize your seams, depending on how structured your fabric is. I am not going to be doing this.
I've kept construction of this suit as easy as possible. I'm a sewist who loves to sew, I'm not a sewist who obsesses over the "rules" (I am a "whatever works" seamstress). My goal is always to enjoy what I do, and end up with a garment that I feel great wearing!
This pattern was designed as a lingerie piece, but looks pretty darn cute as a swimsuit if I say so myself. I am by no means a swimsuit expert so I really look forward to learning some trick and tips from all of you along the way!