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Friday, April 2, 2010

Purple Suit

Hopefully it won't be too long until I can take pictures like this at the beach, but this will have to do for now. Sara needed a suit for Easter weekend (although we didn't end up having the time to go swimming after all). She adamantly refused to wear this suit (I don't blame her) and it was a bit snug anyway.

This one is from Ottobre 3-2009-38 and has a very, very simple design: front and back pieces, one binding along the top edge, and four straps sewn on to tie at the shoulders. The pattern includes a seahorse applique, but Sara was very sure she wanted a plain, solid-color suit. I added the black for interest, and I'm glad I did.


It's a little challenging to tie those straps with hair hanging in the way, but I like the look of the back. I wonder how well the straps will stay tied while the suit is in use.

5 comments:

  1. Cute suit! I like the contrast of the purple and black. When I used that pattern, I didn't do the ties as I worried about the straps coming untied. http://siestasandsewing.blogspot.com/2009/09/sewing-swimsuits.html

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  2. Lovely suit...I haven't made any swimwear yet. I plan to tackle some soon. My son needs some new swim shorts...Maybe this would be a good place to start? I know Ottobre had a boys pattern... Thanks for inspiring me!

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  3. Sara looks so cute in that swimsuit. I love the colour and the contrasting black is perfect!

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  4. Hi,

    I am trying to make this suit for my daughter and am running into a problem trying to bind the top. I am using my Evolve serger and a generic knit binder attachment, but the binding just isn't working. Which binder did you use? How did you get the binding on?

    Nadine

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  5. Hi Nadine,

    I don't have any kind of binder attachments. For this binding I used my coverstitch machine and sewing machine, and not the serger.

    Method with the coverstitch:
    1. Stitch the binding right sides together with the suit with a small zigzag stich. (Your seam allowance is 1/3rd the width of the binding).
    2. Fold the binding around to back side and coverstich from the top. There will be two stitches on the top and the unfinished binding edge will be finished on the bottom.

    With a serger and sewing machine, I would:
    1. Serge one long edge of the binding.
    2. Sew the unfinished edge of the binding right sides together with the suit (with the seam allowance 1/3rd the width of the binding).
    3. Fold the binding around to the back side and topstitch with either a stretch stitch or a small zigzag (or possibly a twin needle?).

    With just a sewing machine, I would:
    1. Stitch the binding right sides together with the suit (with the seam allowance 1/4th the width of the binding).
    2. Fold the binding around to the back side.
    3. Fold under the seam allowance.
    4. Topstitch with either a stretch stitch or a small zigzag.

    Good luck! Mostly, I would say, results depend on practice. Sorry I can't give any advice on binder attachments...

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