How to add gathers on Mojito swimsuit ?
Do you also like the little gathered details, the frills on the swimsuits !? Well we have prepared a tutorial for you to learn how to pattern and sew gathers on the shoulders and / or thighs of your Mojito swimsuit.
And the icing on the cake: This tutorial is very adaptable to other models of swimsuits or lingerie! 🙂
Are your ready ? Let's go !
|As you can see, a large part of the swimsuit is already sewn. All that remains is the finishing of the armholes and thighs (where the gathers are added).
We will start by marking and measuring where we want to start and end the gathers.
Here it will be Length L1 for the sleeves,
and Length L2 for the thighs.
|When we know the L1 and L2 measurements, we will be able to create a pattern for the gathers, which looks like a "rounded" rectangle.
We start by drawing a straight line (which will be the outer edge of the gathers). Trace at each end, draw a line 1 cm high (corresponding to the seam allowance).
In the middle of the straight line, trace the width you want to give to our gathers, seam allowance included (in this example, the sleeve pattern is 4 cm wide seam allowance included = 3cm wide when finished)
Draw a curved line twice longer than the lines L1 and L2
Cut each piece twice in the fabric.
|Sew gathering threads at the level of the most rounded line, and tighten them until reaching the lengths L1 and L2.|
|Place the gathers on the swimsuit, positioning each end at the desired start and finish marks.|
|Sew the right side of the gathers on the right side of the swimsuit with a basting stitch.|
|Zoom on the sleeve.|
|And zoom on the thigh 😉|
|Once the gathers have been sewn on the swimsuit, we will sew the elastic at the inner lining.
For best results, we recommend you to make a zigzag stitching on the inside edge of the elastic. (this will allow you to properly sew the gathers at the seam allowance, and to avoid having a "gap" between the swimsuit and the gathers)
|Then, direct the gathers towards the outside of the swimsuit, and sew a second Zigzag stitch on the inside edge of the elastic.|
|Turn your swimsuit over to the right side and ...|
"Voilà" !!! Your swimsuit is ready !
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you for future creations👙
Do not hesitate to take a look at our Sewing tips and our Blog articles if you want to learn new techniques
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