tapered out to a medium in the waist. I also made some alterations to the neckline and strap placement. I have narrow shoulders, so bringing the strap in will help keep it from falling off.
TIP: Although the greatest stretch in your fabric should be from
selvage to selvage, you will want to double-check that this is the case
with your fabric. I know someone who cut her suit out the wrong direction. When she put it on, it wouldn’t stretch enough around her waist and it was a project fail!
Your fabric should have 2-way stretch, on the
lengthwise and crosswise grains. Check to make sure your fabric has
enough stretch by matching it up with the stretch guide on the edge of your pattern envelope:
Looks like my fabric has the required 75% stretch, so I’m all set to cut out.
4. The Lining: You can either line the crotch, the front of your suit, or the whole thing. Since I had a bunch of white flowers on my print, I chose to line the whole suit. No worries about coverage here! I cut out lining pieces for the front and back. I sewed the front and back swimsuit pieces together at the crotch seam and did the same for the corresponding lining pieces. Then, I placed the lining and swimsuit wrong sides together and basted all the edges together.
This ensures that when I put my elastic in, my lining and swimsuit fabric will stay put together and there will be no sliding around.
TIP: Whenever I sew with knits, I use a Jersey Ballpoint Needle. The tip is slightly rounded so it won’t snag the knit and cause a run in the fabric. This is a must-have for swimsuit sewing!
Stay tuned for more tips on finishing your swimsuit! I’m so excited to show you the finished product!