One of the hardest one-of-a-kind garments to create is swimwear. It has to be water- and weather-proof in order to be useful. Developing a swimsuit you’ll want to wear throughout summer depends on picking the correct fabric for the job. One of my sewing specialties is making swimsuits. Sewing my own swimming suit felt so liberating and fulfilling after being so discouraged by store-bought choices for so long. Also, I feel obligated to share my enthusiasm for swimwear manufacturers with you.
Today, natural fibers like cotton or wool are seldom used in the production of swimsuit fabric. The switch to synthetics in swimwear has been brought about for a good cause, but it may be upsetting to hear if you’re someone who cares deeply about environmental impact. Water absorbs and clings to natural fabrics, making for swimwear that dries slowly and stretches outside from shape when wet. Also, synthetics tend to keep up better inside the harsh settings in which swimwear often finds itself.
Most of the time, you won’t be wearing anything other than a bikini, and the conditions will be quite demanding. It is essential that it be resistant to the damaging effects of elements such as the sun, sand, chlorine, and seawater. The choice of fabric is of the utmost importance in this scenario; you need something that will hold up well and not disintegrate quickly when exposed to the weather.
It’s never fun to get out of the pool wearing a wet swimsuit, so it’s essential to have a strategy for quickly drying off your suit after you get out of the water. When wearing a wet swimsuit for an extended period of time, nobody likes to be cold and uncomfortable for very long. Pick a fabric that doesn’t soak up moisture and has fibers that can dry out quite quickly.
Stretchiness is an essential need for swimming suits. Since swimsuits are often intended to be quite form-fitting, the fabric used in their construction needs to have sufficient translational and rotational flexibility to enable the user to slip it on and off effortlessly. For the best possible outcomes, choose a fabric with four-way flexibility that can be stretched by at least fifty percent in each direction.
Selecting a fabric with a high degree of elastic recovery is crucial. If your fabric does not really recover effectively, it won’t be able to be stretched and returned to its normal size and shape without being permanently deformed. If you want your fabric to have excellent elastic recovery, look for one that has at least 8% elastane.
The size and shape of the swimsuit are entirely up to you, so you may skip this step if you’d like. Some swimmers choose a compression suit that keeps their curves in place no matter what. If you’re going for a compressive fit, you’ll need to consider the fabric weight and knit strength. You may get a more secure fit by selecting a “compression” fabric or a larger, heavier swimsuit fabric.