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Dixie DIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 8: The Finished Swimsuit!

Thanks everyone for following along on this swimwear journey. I’m finally rewarding you with the finished product! To recap, in case you haven’t been following along, this is Kwik Sew 3779 Version B and is the second time I made it. The first time the suit turned out to be way too big. This time I chose a size smaller but lengthened the body by 1/2″. The fabric is from Fabricker here in Austin. It’s…

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Dixie DIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 7: Arm and Leg Elastic

  Woohoo! Last construction post for our swimsuit! Today we will add our final elastic to the arm and leg holes. Kwik Sew is kind enough as usual to tell us exactly how long to cut our elastic for each size. If you want to go ahead and cut all your elastic at once be sure to label which piece goes where because the arm and leg elastic are almost the same length, almost. So…

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Dixie DIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 6: Attaching front to back

Only two more posts to go and you’ll be ready to strut your stuff on your beach vacay! Aren’t you excited!?!?!?! Let’s get a move on. Last time we finished with step 7, adding elastic to the neckline. Remember how we didn’t gather under the bust yet like it says to do in step 4? Well, we’re going to do that now. Sew gathering stitches between notches and be sure not to sew over the…

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DixieDIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 5: Bust and Back

Today we’re working on steps 4-7 of the pattern – prepping the bust and back pieces. For the bust triangles you have to baste the lining together. Since we’re adding bust cups (if you’re not go ahead and follow the instructions exactly) we won’t baste all the way around. We’ll leave the inner edge un-basted from about 4 in from the top and slip in our cups. If your bust cups are too big you…

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DixieDIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 4: Gathering

This looks like it’s going to be a leisurely sew-along. I just got my serger back from being serviced and now my sewing machine is in the shop for the same reason. I couldn’t be without both machines at the same time! For now I’ve brought out my old blue Kenmore I bought in high school and I’m amazed it still works (mostly…). It’s quite an adjustment, though – no thread clipper or drop in…

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DixieDIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 3: Cutting

Wow guys, my bad. I realize it’s Saturday and not Friday so I’m a day late on the next sew-along post. Oh, well, I just gave you an extra day in case you were waiting for fabric in the mail or something like that… Anyway – onward! (If you’re just joining us be sure to read Pt 1: Supplies) Picking a Size Swimwear and activewear patterns have this strange phenomenon called “negative ease” which is…

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DixieDIY’s Summer Swimsuit Sew-along Pt 2: Supplies

The votes have been tallied and we have a winner – Kwik Sew 3779 B. The votes were mostly spread between three top contenders but KS 3779B had a few extra votes. Good choice ladies. This is a flattering cut for many body shapes, has decent support for those with larger busts, and gives some tummy camouflage with shirring. And lucky for me I’ve already made it once so it should be easy to whip…

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Beginner Sew-a-long

Montanachic is starting a Very Beginner Sew-a-long on her blog featuring my two piece tunic. You can see her finished version. She’ll be working on it for the next few weeks so go follow along and make your own summer tunic!

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