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LorIKC
Posted 2011-04-20 5:06 PM (#74806)
Subject: Swim Suit Repair and Modification



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A friend asked if I could repair and modify her 80+ yo mother's swim suit to make it easier for an elderly woman with arthritis in her shoulders to get into. Trying to remove the tummy control panel, she managed to cut the outer fabric so there is a big gash up the side of the front. The front seam of the suit is shirred with elastic and it has a shelf bra with inset molded cups. My friend has suggested adding a zipper but I'm not sure that will provide enough give to let her mother put the suit on by herself. If I follow the gash, the zipper would be placed close to the seam on the left side and end in the armscye. Any thoughts on how to make this easier for my friend's mom to get into while repairing the gash?

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Lori
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allymelba
Posted 2011-04-20 9:23 PM (#74812 - in reply to #74806)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification


A zip might still work if you attatch something to the pull to make it easier to handle. A matching scrap of material made into a tube, or suitable ribbon, long enough for her to crasp, and knotted through the hole in the pull perhaps? It is reinforcing the edges of the rip and zipper that has me out of my depth. (sorry for the pun) In water the material stretchs and has less stability . But it sounds like an 'oops' lets try again situation.
Alison
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LorIKC
Posted 2011-04-20 10:56 PM (#74813 - in reply to #74806)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification



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The cut is pretty jagged so I think I might need to add a placket of another color to clean things up a bit. I'm pretty sure I can stabilize things enough to get a zipper in OK. Maybe putting one on both sides could do the trick. The idea of adding something to the zipper pull is a good one. I will incorporate that. Thanks.
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LorIKC
Posted 2011-04-20 10:57 PM (#74814 - in reply to #74812)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification



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Thanks for the pun. My DH will love it!
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Grandma C
Posted 2011-04-20 11:12 PM (#74815 - in reply to #74806)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification


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How about repairing the gash with an applique or diffferent colored panel or just a well concealed patch and put the zipper center front/ I think a zipper pull in the armscye area of a swim suit will be a source of irritation to the arm. The first swimsuit( I was very young then) that I remember my mother wearing was a blue sort of waven fabric with a zipper up the center back.
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LorIKC
Posted 2011-04-21 12:40 PM (#74825 - in reply to #74815)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification



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A zip up the center front is definitely the logical solution but not really an option since the center front is seamed and shirred with elastic. I was a bit disappointed when I saw the suit because the solution wasn't as easy as I originally thought it would be.

Lori
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Grandma C
Posted 2011-04-21 1:02 PM (#74826 - in reply to #74806)
Subject: RE: Swim Suit Repair and Modification


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Might be easier to make her a new suit.
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