Can We Make a Seamless Swim Bra?
The summer is here! And what better way to celebrate summer than with a custom swimsuit you make for yourself? I have no doubts that your hand made suit can rival the suits you buy in the shops. The question is, can we make a Seamless Swim Bra like we see in expensive suits? Yes, we can!
Recently a student who was in our Swim Week class brought in a swimsuit she had purchased from a website in England. She paid a pretty penny (or should I say pence?) for this suit, not to mention the shipping, customs duty and the HST to get it here as well!
It’s interesting enough, and i quickly saw that the bottom part could be made easily from princess version of our Denise swimsuit pattern PB-2901. The top part from just under the bust to the shoulder could be made from the Denise regular version, then the two sections could then be joined with a seam under the bust. In this case the seam also included a band of royal blue fabric with elastic inside.
The back was interesting too with the colour blocking. Notice the royal blue band does not extend to the centre back
But it wasn’t the outside that was my student wanted help with, but the inside. Let’s peek inside to see the interior support system.
Let’s Get Started
Want to see how ready-to-wear did this? I am happy to oblige…
First, we compared the wire size to the one in the original suit. Of course, if you know your wire size already, you are ahead of the game here!
Place the wire down so it touches the bottom line and the centre bridge line, trying to keep the “bowl” of the wire as even as possible.
Here’s How to Draft the Cup
Trace the drawing of the wire up to the armhole, and around the strap area and back to the centre front line. Trace a second copy of this shape and set it aside for the frame.
Here’s the frame cut from sheer cup lining. I was surprised to discover that the original suit used sheer cup lining, but it makes sense. It would be strong and it would dry quickly.