Vintage Sewing

Floppy old elastic question

March 20, 2011

Hi all,
I have a lovely old swimsuit that I enjoy wearing but of late its starting to need some TLC and repair work if I’m to keep wearing it.

The material is lovely and thick – and it has a skirted bottom – but the straps need some attention. Whenever they get wet they lose all their elasticity and the suit flops around me… not really what I’m looking for in a relaxing swim.

The previous owner has already somewhat butchered the suit – taking out all of the lining panels and I suspect bra cups – so I don’t feel too badly about altering the suit. Plus, I don’t believe the elastic – pretty as it is – is original either. It has the wrong feel and it isn’t sewn on all that well.

My question to you all is, do you think if I sewed some clear elastic under the straps that it would help with the flop factor? It will be a bit tricky matching thread with that busy navy and white pattern but I would like to get her back in the water without having to entirely replace the elastic straps… if possible.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Crimson Gardenia blog

  1. I'm not sure where you are but I know in Australia you can buy clear elastic specially made for pool water. Why not sew it on with clear thread?

  2. I am in Australia but I'm not much of a pool swimmer – more the ocean – but I can't believe I didn't think of clear thread. Duh!
    Thank you MB and Monique. :0)

  3. You could also back the existing elastic with navy elastic that matches the suit- maybe? I don't know if that would make it too heavy.

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