May 09, 2015

Swim Week and Master Swim - Digital Fashion Show

We just finished up Swim Week and Master Swim here in Hamilton and what a great bunch of swimsuit makers we had this time!

In Swim Week, they started with the basics, a tank or princess seamed suit with a set of bra cups inside attached to the lining. This  one is a fun print with binding sewn to the upper edges.

Next we had some polka dots!

And yes, they learned to make adjustments for a full bust!

Some added ruching on the centre panels of the princess line suit

And what a fun print this one was!

Then some of the students made swim dresses!

And this one with binding made on an industrial cover stitch machine. There is also a metal V-separator in the front neckline of this suit. There are a few tricks to its insertion, but what a dramatic touch!

Now the fun really began when the students made their retro suits...bombshell style!

Here's the pattern piece for that ruched panel! Isn't it odd looking? But it worked!

And this one was too shy to pose for the camera! There still needs to be elastic on the top edge of the underarm here.

One student did some advanced colour blocking. I love this combination of fabric and piping!

Here's the back of the same suit!

A couple of the students were inspired to work on their own projects in their "spare time". Here is the corset dress finished up from Corsetiere's

And here is a dress made from a really drapey knit from the fabric store across the street. The ruched panel is a really nice touch - and since the industrial cover stitch and binder attachment was all set up at the school - why not use it for this dress too? Doesn't she look happy?

By the way, the lightweight stretchy knit was lined with swimwear lining instead of the usual woven dress lining. This makes perfect sense since the swim lining can move with the knit. No slip is required for this summer dress!

That's all for this past couple of classes. I hope you are inspired to make some swimwear!

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