How to Sew a Swimsuit

I made a shirt! I have SEWN a swimsuit!

Ah the swimsuit issue… It seems that when I write an article about a winter there is often some sort of story behind. And for this in any case it is the case!

For my sewing of 2015 challenges, I had planned to make the lingerie and swimwear. I started the lingerie but after a painting I had to quickly abandon, and push back to next year (pregnancy forces it was not the best time to attack the BRA seam). However I bought during the winter of summer shirt fabric: I thought to use it to make a swimsuit two parts with high Oh Lulu pants and a bra retro enough of a pattern seen on the internet.

And then when I found out I was pregnant, I have somewhat abandoned the idea for cause of: fatigue – lazy – discouragement – arf pfffff – in short, I had planned to buy a. My last summer swimwear not going me, I went hunting for shirts in Montreal: I wanted a swimsuit one-piece (I prefer the line they give on a pregnant compared to two parts) where I’ll be able to squeeze in the chest and lower course. Impossible to find here I came home empty-handed and I’m folded on the homeagerly. When ordering nursing swimwear, Mr told me “it is beautiful but I think that this is for the girls who are already very pregnant with a big belly” but nooooonnnn, don’t you worry, it is the fabric that stretches I replied (like you know anything about my kitten!). Except at the reception, Mr was right and I was wrong: very nice shirt, but quite enough of my belly filled (it will be good for a 6 month of pregnancy, not a 4 and a half). Panic on board, start at the Mexico in a week, I don’t have a swimsuit.

Attacking the famous period of “renewed energy” which everyone talked to me for a few weeks (“you’ll see, week 13 finished nausea and energy coming back”-that Nay for me who had to wait the week 16 well packed, and the reflux has taken over nausea, anyway), I took my courage in both hands, and I bought the boss on which I’d just crack literally : the swimsuit 8101 of House flower. I had sought several times swimwear patterns to be pleasing, but I had never found my happiness until this one.

The boss has three variations : variation in two pieces, and two variations in one piece with a different back. I went on the variation 2: a swimsuit one-piece with an open back, and only one band in the back that supports the breast.

I really asked myself the question to cram my tummy in this pattern, having never tried to swimsuit, and still less with a baby bump. So I followed the instructions of some tutorials, and I cut my shirt in size S, but adapting the belly on a size M. in the end I didn’t need because back then was much too wide (I cut the belly and back at the same part, but should have been cut just the front eventually). I finally everything shrinks to size S and did so is perfect. To the chest I went on the largest size to the level of the CAP, but still s back. I have also expanded slightly cups to make them more overlapping. I tightened the links on the sides up so as to give a more “pants” at the bottom of the Jersey, rather than ‘lightweight boxer’, which is more suitable for my body shape.

I like to be well supported at the level of the chest, I decided to replace the tape under the boss by two cords on each side that can be resolved to my satisfaction. I don’t have any tools to make the cords backwards and return, so I had to hack a seam on the front: anyone know where I could find this kind of gear for my next Jersey?

I followed the explanations from the beginning to the end (in English) that I found rather correct, while knowing that the first time you are doing a Jersey is not as simple as a dress. I wish I had a sew along with pictures to accompany me in this project. I doubled only the part of the chest and panties as advocated by the boss with a fabric special Jersey lining. I found the boss very well designed with all the good marks. I spent finally more time to find the right fit (due to the fact that I had cut a larger size to the stomach at the base) but I’m delighted with the result.

I sewed the ¾ of the Jersey with my sewing point right and zigzag, but always with needles special jersey (hand simple and double stretch needle)

I struggled to treat my interior finishes, because I realized this shirt a bit in a hurry + my goal was to understand how to sew a shirt and that did is good. Now that the cap of the first is passed, so I think to treat my finishes to more significantly for the next (because there is another that’s for sure).

I was afraid that wet once the Jersey to relax, so I did the test of the shower before leaving on vacation: validated! After a week that brought daily to the beach and the pool, I can tell you it’s perfect!

Of course this version is the basis that temporary (I do not have the same chest – Finally I hope not – next summer), but I intend to get a similar version next year!

And you, have you ever tried to sew a swimsuit? What did you find difficult? Good start of week to all!

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