I waited until the last possible minute to find a new swimsuit before we left for vacation last week... well, last possible day, anyway. I settled on a mix n' match set from Target, coral bottoms with a Navy/White striped tankini top.
Needless to say, I wasn't super thrilled with the top as swimwear... it basically looks like a tube top, cute, but not like a swimsuit, and very plain. BUT, it was on SALE! Naturally, I decided I should spice it up with some machine embroidery!
I knew I wanted something nautical, so I headed over to my go-to Embroidery Site, Urban Threads, to purchase my design. Also, this was a great opportunity to use some of the new supplies I picked up a few weekends ago at The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Raleigh.
Here's the deets:
Machine Embroidered Swimsuit (top)
Singer Futura CE-150
Swimtop from Target, 92% Polyester 2% Spandex; Fully Lined
Thread: Floriani, 100%Polyester Embroidery Thread in Coral
Stabilizer: Floriani No Show Mesh
Topper: Madera Wash Away Avalon Film
Embroidery Design: Ahoy from Urban Threads
I fused the stabilizer to the back of my swimtop, where I planned to position my design; I lightly hooped the top. I didn't pull the fabric taught because of it's stretchy-ness and the fact that the area to be embroidered doesn't stretch much when worn.
I then pinned my wash away film to the top before beginning embroidery. I used white bobbin thread.
P.S.- Since this was a last minute thing, I had some anxiety about it and asked my machine, "Please don't eat my swimsuit", a few times... the whole design and process went very smoothly!
Here is the design right after taking it off of the hoop and trying on the top:
Here is the design after a week of vacation, several wears at the beach and pool, including washing:
[The Verdict: on Embroidering Swimwear]
The embroidery held up better than the top! While the top is still perfectly fine to wear, I am super bummed that it was so stained by sunblock... I don't know that it'll last past this summer, but for a last minute sale find, I'm happy.
Embroidering on this swimsuit wasn't as difficult as I imagined. That could be because it's not the super stretchy kind of material, but I have an old top that is, and I plan to try my hand at machine embroidery on it... I'll let you know how it goes.
P.S.~ The first day on the beach I saw a similar Target top... but it wasn't custom embroidered, like mine... Winning. *wink*