How to Make a Swimsuit Smaller

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Making a swimsuit smaller is easy to do, especially if you're already somewhat comfortable with a sewing machine. Find out how to make a swimsuit smaller with help from a Brooklyn-based fashion designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Heather Klar and I'm a Brooklyn-based Fashion Designer. I have my own eponymous label. I'm also a Personal Wardrobe Stylist as well as a Personal Shopper. How to alter swimsuit to make it smaller? Altering your swimsuit to make it smaller is quite easy if you're comfortable on the sewing machine. A few good rules of thumb is to use polyester thread or really strong thread, use a ball point needle because it's specifically designed for knits and almost all bathing suits are made out of knit fabric. And also, to use a zigzag stitch. You're going to want to use a somewhat narrow zigzag stitch. If you have an overlocker or a serger, that will also help you as well. But, for the altering, a zigzag stitch will be just fine. On the bikini top, usually your trick is to go underneath the arm at the side seam here. For example, this bikini doesn't have a side seam, but you can just kind of a eyeball it and fold it on the inside. Take it in there; similarly do the same on the bikini bottom. But, I'm going to show you on a one-piece swimsuit how to make it smaller. Side seams are what it's all about. That's where you want to get your fit. The nice thing about altering a swimsuit is that because it is so stretchy, you can just take it in in one fill swoop and you'll get most of your fit there. You don't have to get in the tailoring or anything like that. So, just take your machine, get it on and ready on your zigzag stitch. And then find your side seam on your swimsuit. You're not really going to have any seam allowance to work with, but that's okay. You can just kind of fold it over and start on your machine. So, get it underneath your machine and start small, maybe only taking a half an inch at a time. So, right here I have it lined up with the side of the presser foot, which means it's going to be a quarter of an inch double because it's on the fold of the side seam. Remember you're on your zigzag. So, as you can see, I've got my zigzag stitch, not much taking it in. But, it's nice 'cause now I can just try it on and see if it fits better, and work like that. If you want to cut the seam allowance after you're done, go for it. But, make sure that you're very happy of the fit before you do that. I'm Heather Klar and that's how to alter swimsuit to make it smaller.


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