𝟱 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗞𝗘𝗦 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗜𝗗 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗪𝗜𝗠𝗪𝗘𝗔𝗥
𝟭 - 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗽𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝗺𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻
This is the first thing you need to think about when you're starting to sew swimwear. Is the pattern well drafted? How can I tell if the pattern is well drafted or not?
Learn how you can differentiate a good from a bad bikini sewing pattern and make sure you get the best you can.
𝟮 - 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝘁 𝟭𝟬𝟬% 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗻𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻
We all have different bodies and curves. Despite the Ready to Wear industry setting sizes and us designers designing for specific measurements, it's only natural that you are not going to fit those measurements 100%. Don't feel frustrated by that. You just need to learn where your body measurements differ from the ones the designer used, and change the pattern to your own measurements. You can also redesign the pattern so they are more your style, with more or less neckline or even back bottom coverage.
𝟯 - 𝗦𝗲𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱
When you're given instructions by the designer that the swimwear patter was designed to be reversible, then, you should sew it reversible. But, this is also true if the designer states it's a non reversible pattern. Why? Well, fabrics have tension and if the pattern was well designed, those tensions around your body were calculated so that the final garment fits you and doesn't roll over or fit you to small. It's not the same if you sew a bikini with a non stretch fabric LOL (it wouldn't fit) then if you sew it with 2 layers of swimwear fabric or one plus lining. All these options are valid, but the pattern designer has Ease into consideration when designing the patterns, and that's why you should sew it as stated by the designer.
𝟰 - 𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝗺𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰
Elastic is what makes your bikini and swimsuit stay in place when wet. Fabrics tend to expand when wet and without the elastic you would have troubles stabilising the swimsuit on your body. The elastic should be chlorine resistant and not braided with cotton. The cotton elastic absorbs water and takes a long time to dry. With time, it even gets rotten. Make sure you use proper swimwear sewing supplies.
When you buy Snow Flake top for instance, we provide a list of suppliers so you know where to buy all supplies you need. More about fabrics and supplies on our BLOG.
𝟱 - 𝗨𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀
This is 2 in 1! Non stretch threads will break once the fabric stretches around you. Non stretch stitches will also break.
But let's explain this a bit better. Every time we sew using stretchy fabrics, like we do on sewing bikini patterns or swimsuit patterns, we have to remember that the entire garment once sewed will fit us snuggly. This is because it has negative ease and specially around your body, the tension is greater. If we do not use polyester threads and elastic stitches like the zig zag stitch or elastic stitches on our overlock all our garnet will be ruined on the first attempt you try to put it on. More about ease on our Blog soon.