Monday, March 26, 2012
Summer is coming!
Years ago I used to make custom bathing suits using my serger and my sewing machine. I used cotton/lycra elastic because it launders well and holds up nicely. With the serger it made it quick and easy to get several done in one day. Mostly I made 2 piece bathing suits and occasionally a whole piece (yuck). There are several pattern books and individual patterns for making active wear garments. It is a matter of what you like best.
In order for the elastic to be evenly applied you do need an elastic gathering attachment or foot. Though you can apply the elastic manually the gathering ratio may not be even and therefore the garment may not fit properly.
In addition to swimwear, you can make "summer tops". It is done by making a tube of fabric that will fit the bust size plus 4" for wear ease and be able to drape over the waist (if desired) and to the top of the hips. Simply add elastic to the top of the tube of fabric, turn it and then zigzag in place. Of course when zigzagging, you must stretch the elastic to make it lay flat. It will recover when released. For a finishing touch you could add straps. See spaghetti straps in a previous post.
For a quick hem, you could rolled hem or picot edge the bottom. From start to finish it should take about 30 minutes.