Hi Everyone! In Part 2 we continue with our sew-along as we tackle sewing variation 2. This darling style features a one-piece swimsuit with an off the shoulder strap with ruffles that spread just over the arms. It's similar to the first style we demonstrated, with the full ruffle, but the method of attaching the ruffle is a bit different. Follow along to see how to sew this design and then grab your fabric and create one for your own collection!
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In this tutorial, we are going to sew the one-piece design with the full off the shoulder ruffle that has a deep "V" dip at center back.
Follow along in the video to make this swimsuit. The body construction is pretty much the same as Variation 1. So for this video, we've already sewn the side seams and the elastic on the arms and legs (same as variation 1) and we begin with the off the shoulder strap and ruffle. Be sure to watch this to make sure you space the elastic properly and place it on the swimsuit as instructed to get an optimal fit. Once you determine how your machine sews the elastic, you can adjust your elastic length to be exact (probably 16 inches), currently, it is designed to have a bit of excess at the ends because every machine is different.
Style tip! The off-the-shoulder straps can easily be pushed up over the shoulder too, creating a super cute new ruffled strap look! Yay!
Week Two task:
Here are a few more videos that are good to reference. The original Free Swimsuit pattern covers the basics as well as sewing in detail with thee fold over elastic.
This is an overview of sewing with fold-over elastic in more detail:
I'll be demonstrating these methods using several different variations from the Liberty Jane Swimsuit Variations pattern. Follow along to see how easy it is to make these adorable swimsuits!
It's going to be a fun course! Are you ready? Let's go...
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