Sunday, August 18, 2013

Caring for your Swimwear

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I know a lot of you are either totally immersed (forgive me) in making your swimwear or totally enjoying your newly-finished bathing suit, either by the sea or by your local pool. But how to you care for the swimwear you've worked so hard on?

I recently attended a seminar on swimwear that really opened my eyes about the fragility of Lycra, present in the great majority of swimwear fabrics. Here is how to extent the duration of your beautiful handmade bathing suit:

1- Lycra hates sun. Obvs, being in the sun is kind of the whole point of making a bathing suit. (Duh.) However, drying your bathing suit in the sun is avoidable, so hang it in the shade to dry.

2 - Lycra hates heat. The best way to speed up the degradation of Lycra fibers is to lounge around the spa, hot tub, jacuzzi or sauna. If going in your birthday suit is not an option (ahem), wear either an old, a second-hand bathing suit reserved for these purposes.

3 - Lycra hates chlorine.... but it loves vinegar! Rinse your swimwear with clean water and vinegar after going in chlorinated water. Pat it to remove the excess of water and hang to dry.

There you go! I hope these tips were helpful and if you put them in practice your swimwear will thank you.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

8 comments:

  1. I love those bathing suits in the vintage pic you found!! I'd love to find patterns for them.

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    1. Some new design ideas for Heather of Closet Case Files!

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  2. Good tips, thanks! I'm especially glad to know about the vinegar, although I tend to avoid swimming in chlorine, it feels as bad for my skin and hair as it is for the lycra.

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    1. I know right? Who knew that vinegar was good for it. It would be interesting to investigate the chemistry behind it.

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  3. Interesting that Lycra hates everything we want it to perform in... Maybe it's time for a new type of fabric that enjoys sun, heat and chlorine so that we can enjoy our bombshell happily ever after?

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    1. Yes, if someone invented that, they would surely make a fortune!

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  4. Great post! I really take terrible care of my suits.... but I have so many Bombshells that I take them for granted. I find you get a few years out of each one before it's time for a new one.... thank god I can whip one up in 5 hours now! Anyway, you're reminding me to be more careful.

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  5. I take absolutely zero care of my bathers! since I will just make one new pair every year without stressing about it. :) I look forward to thinking about and planning what I will have next!

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