When summer began, I realized I needed another swimsuit. My current suit was great, but getting old. And since shopping, especially for swimsuits, is a nightmare, I decided to try to sew one. The last suit I made was for maternity wear–about 24 years ago before Martha was born. While I am fairly pleased with the results, this sewing project presented one problem after another from fit to technical problems with the elastic. But then I love a challenge! Of course it took me three months to even begin and then two weeks to get it finished.
It’s a tankini with boy cut legs–a very flattering style for me. The fabric came from The Fabric Fairy. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Ordering fabric online can be hit or miss. This was a hit. The fabric is good quality and exactly like it appeared online.
My best tip for sewing a swimsuit is to use a stretch needle for the whole process. It will prevent skipped stitches. I also bought a twin sewing needle for stretch fabrics size 4.0/75. This is the best thing ever for a professional look for sewing on the elastic. Because the twin needles form a zigzag on the reverse side, the seam line stretches and stitches don’t pop.