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Pool Test Success!

2012 August 11
by elizabeth_admin

Yes, I took my newly made swimsuit for a pool test and she came out swimmingly.  (Haha!  I can’t resist a pun.)  I jumped into the deep end.  I did front strokes.  I did back strokes.  I butterflied and I swam underwater.  This suit swam circles in the water.  I played in the pool with the little boy who lives with me.  And I did a cannonball.




All tests were passed with flying colors.  The straps stayed put.  The swim suit stayed put.  There were no wardrobe malfunctions whatsoever.  And it was quite comfortable to swim in.  I didn’t think about it once while swimming.  You know, in that worried way.  I am quite pleased.  Quite!

Now that I know I actually can make swimwear, I want to make this swimsuit (the view on the right in purple, B), Kwik Sew 3779.


This suit is almost a clone of the RTW suit that just died the ignoble chlorine death.  It’s ruched and has a separate bodice.  I love it.  The ruching calls for clear elastic with which I’ve never worked.  I don’t even have any on hand.  I had to run out to Yardage Town to pick some up yesterday.  I must point out that I did not buy a single yard of fabric while in Yardage Town.  What willpower!  Or was it that my dad and Jack were waiting in the car while I ran in?  You be the judge!  I prefer to think it was my willpower.

I’m excited to start this swimsuit journey.  It is so fun to be making garments for my new life.  And things that I will use every day.  I love it!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Rose in SV permalink
    August 11, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m so glad that suit worked well. I’m inspired to sew one of mh own. I have to ask–where did you get the swimsuit lining fabric?

    Rose in SV

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      August 11, 2012

      Rose, I didn’t use swimsuit lining per se. I just used a solid color swimsuit fabric (2 way stretch). I had heard that swimsuit lining was really thin and difficult to work with so I chose to use the same kind of fabric as my lining, only in a solid color. It was really easy to sew together.

      • Rose in SV permalink
        August 11, 2012

        That’s great advice–thank you! 🙂

  2. August 11, 2012

    It’s a lovely suit. Great print. I love swimwear in nice prints.

  3. August 11, 2012

    This looks great – so neat, so functional, so pretty – well done! I’m keen to try making my own swimsuits but I’m really fussy about the fit and scared of malfunctions…
    BTW if you’re making that KwikSew pattern, DixieDIY recently held a summer swimsuit sewalong using exactly that pattern if you wanted extra tips alobg the way (doesn’t look like you need any though…)

  4. August 12, 2012

    Great swimsuit. I hope you make the Kwiksew suit with the rouched waistline. Love to see it on a real person.

  5. August 12, 2012

    awesome, congratulations on all counts!!

  6. August 14, 2012

    What a great swimsuit!

  7. August 15, 2012

    Love that print!

  8. August 17, 2012

    I made that bathing suit a year or so ago, pre-blogging. I love it, the ruching is so flattering and the support is pretty good. I liked the idea of adding cups to it although I didn’t for mine (although I did widen the triangles a bit for more D cup coverage).

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