Today I get a chance to introduce you to an amazing lady, whose swimwear sewing has been an inspiration to me for many years. I can't imagine that you haven't already come across her work in the blogosphere, so I hope you'll make Sarah of Musings of a Seamstress welcome. She's going to share with us some of her professional grade tips for sewing your swimwear. Read on, and fear elastic no more!
First up is bound elastic, which is probably my favorite. I like to use this one because it adds a nice contrast to the body of your suit. I used it around the just the neckline of mine, but you can use it for all edge of yours. For this finish you will want to use 1/4" braided elastic around the neck. If you are binding the leg holes or armholes you will want to use 3/8" instead. You will also need a 1 1/2" long strip the entire width of your fabric. I prefer to cut this with a quilters ruler and rotary cutter to ensure that I get straight edges.
Gathered, Turned and Stitched Elastic
Wow!! Great tips, and I can't wait to try out that bound finish! It looks amazing!! Thank you so much, Sarah. Y'all, she got up off of her sick bed to write this great post for us, and I am so grateful. I hope you learned a ton. I know I did!