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THE same general principles and rules followed in making waists (Chapter 7) skirts (Chapter 9) and bloomers (Chapter 14, page 69) are used in making bathing-suits.

MATERIALS. The materials most used for bathing-suits are surf satin, taffeta, surf cloth, brilliantine, or jersey cloth.


THE MATERIALS most used are gingham. chambray, cotton poplin, galatea, seer-sucker, linen and linen-finished cottons.

SEAMS for rompers must be finished to stand hard wear and constant laundering. If the effect of the romper is at all soft use French swims (Chapter 17. page 87). For little straight rompers or the body of a two-piece romper where a tailored effect is desired use flat-stitched seams. (Chapter 17, page 87).

Another way of giving a tailored effect to rompers is to cut the seams to about ¼ of an inch width and press them open. Baste lawn seam binding flat to the inside of the body to completely cover the seam, stitch along the edges of the seam binding to give the effect of a tailored seam from the outside.

Armholes may be finished as flat-stitched seams, (Chapter 17, page 87) overcast (Chapter 16, page 82), or bound with lawn seam binding.