"Hi there! Thanks for this blog. Love reading it. I am relatively new to sewing - well I learned at high school about a billion years ago. I've just tried sewing the KwikSew kids bikini bottoms that you show here on this blog. I have simply been unable to work out how to put the crotch and lining together. It looks so ugly and scrunched up. The instruction on the pattern aren't very clear for a beginner either. I wonder if you would consider putting up a video tutorial of you sewing these bikini bottoms together including the pinning part! Long shot I know but I just don't know anyone who sews and there is no help on the net as everyone who blogs about it seems to have absolutely no trouble with this part (just lucky ol' me!)"
Nothing is worse than when you're having trouble visualizing how to do something and it seems like everyone else gets it. I've been there a time or
two three four...plenty of times! Here's the step by step process of putting the lining and the bottoms together:
2. Put the bottom front right side down on top of the
3. Pin the 2 layers together, matching the center
notches and sides
4. Lay the lining right side down on top of the 2
5. Pin the lining to the 2 layers, matching the center
notches and the sides
6. Stitch together (I used a stretch stitch)
7. You'll notice in the #6 photo that the layers don't
lay flat together. I gently pull the layers, making
sure the edges are lined up, while stitching them
8. The 3 layers all stitched together. I also trimmed
my notches flush.
9. Time to flip the lining to the front!
Note: I used to line the back also by placing a back lining wrong side to wrong side and zig zag stitching them together before step #2. But I didn't do that with the swimsuits I sewed for the beach house and they are holding up just fine.
After you flip the lining to the front, the raw edges of the seam are enclosed. The seam may still seem like it isn't laying flat. You can press it lightly with an iron set at an appropriate heat level (don't want to melt your fabric!) but I find that once the swimsuit bottoms are on the seam stretches enough to lay flat. Pin the lining to the swimsuit front and then stitch with a narrow zig zag close to the edge. Following this step, you'll sew the side seams and stitch on the elastic. I show how I apply elastic in my S &S way of sewing swimsuits post.
A couple of hours later and K has a new swimsuit!
Hope the step by step photos help!