Learning Swimwear

In 2014 I dreamed of learning one of the most advanced sewing skills, swimwear. I spent hours researching materials and patterns. I learned about recovery, stretch and weight from Girl Charlee.

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The more I read the more I learned if I wanted to be successful with fit issues I needed more help. I couldn’t just pick a pattern and waste time trying to figure it out.

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Everywhere I read the advice people were giving was if I wanted to be successful I needed to buy the book Kwik Sew’s Swim & Action Wear and I am so happy I did! The cover looks dated although the information in the book is timeless. It comes with the patterns, sizing charts and directions for each pattern.

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The directions were so simple to follow from the needles to use down to what stitches to use.

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I was really excited to learn the burrito crotch roll. It makes all the seams on the inside. I lined the front only in this suit.

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This my first one, I had to take up the top a little bit putting me at a medium from the waist down and in between an extra small and a small for the top. I cut the length out for a small.

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Now that I get the fit and construction I went with daring white for my second swim suit. I fully lined this one. This was a really fun adventure.

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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By | 2017-02-08T00:26:21+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kay Lewis October 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Pretty sure this is Tracy from SewDayton (right?). So encouraging to hear your “fitting” analysis, I’m sure you’re more efficient at it than I am, but I’m sticking with it and having more success than failure (besides, if it’s eventually wearable, It’s a success, right? (Ok… But not a success until I finally pull it out of the Work-In-Process drawer and finally finish and wear it). Bottom line, I love the process, and love wearing my unique, “one-of-a-kind” clothes. Thanks for sharing your skills and expertise! Kay Lewis : client and fellow sewer (pronounced “sew-er. “) Siri does NOT like that word

    • Tracysews October 7, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Yes it is me Kay!! Glad to hear you are still sewing! Thank you for the lovely words.

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