Sewing swimwear fabric

“Layout/Cutting/Marking: Let fabric relax overnight. Before cutting, compare the amount of fabric stretch with the amount required for the design. Generally the greatest stretch goes around the body.
Stitching: Start each new project with a new needle in the smallest recommended size. Change needles frequently; synthetic fibers dull needles faster than natural fibers. To check the needle for burrs, stitch through a nylon stocking scrap. Use polyester thread, which is more elastic than cotton. Wind the bobbin slowly. When wound on high, the thread heats up and stretches. Then, when sewn into the seam, it relaxes, and the seam shortens or puckers. For more elastic seams, stitch with a narrow zig-zag (W,.5-L,1), and stretch slightly when stitching. Or stitch on a serger with a safety-stitch and textured thread on the loopers.
Seams: Use stretch seams where appropriate. When sewing women’s swimwear, stabilize shoulder and waist seams and edges with stay tape or clear elastic.”

Ethically acceptable filling

Right now I am trying to find some ethically acceptable filling for a 200 x 220 cm summer duvet and a sleeping bag.

I already found pattern and tutorial for the sleeping bag (in Swedish).

Down seemed like a good idea until I visited the Swedish Animal  Rights association and read about down being plucked from living animals.


Animal Rights (swedish Djurens Rätt) recommends to abstain from wool if you care about animal welfare. Source

If your okay with wool I found ecological pillows with wool filling (455SEK + freight) also available at Ullbutiken.

Alternatives to wool and down fillings

Kapok filling

Kapok seeds I IMG 8004

Kapok is difficult to spin but is used as an alternative to down as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery, zafus, and stuffed toys such as teddy bears, and for insulation. Source: “Ceiba pentandra.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Sold at Lotus Design non-eco? per kg (not in stock during writing). I have no idea how warm this is. Has anybody tried this in a blanket?

Price 16€ / kg

Can also be bought non-eco by the bale direct from China.

White Lotus in the U.S.A. sells eco-pillows filled with kapok.

Dual filling with buckwheat hull in one chamber

Through PERFECT PILLOW sells organic kapok for stuffing at 12£ / kg and a duvet is also availible there for 286£.

Swedish note: Kapok kan certifieras med bra miljöval om Fair Wild Foundations regler följts vid indsamlingen.

Coconut coir (to sit on)

Sold at Lotus Design in blocks coated with latex (not in stock during writing). I have no idea how warm or soft this is. Has anybody tried this?

Price 12€ / piece

New libre patterns found!

Today I found Open Source Sewing Patterns (OSSP).I am actually quite glad because I have thought since I began sewing “the must be somebody else among a population of 5 billion which thought of liberating their crafty ideas and patterns in a way similar to mine” and I need to see and use the work of others to be inspired creating something useful for me.

Their license is the same as one already applied to most of the Libre Patterns in the library

Except where noted, you may use either the Attribution-ShareAlike license or the Attribution-NonCommercial (version 3.0, as I write this – if it’s been updated and for some reason you want a newer version, nudge me to update the pages).


Their collection consists almost entirely of items designed for use by children:

  • Teddy Bears and Other Jointed Animals (7 patterns)
  • Plushies, softies, and other things (6 patterns)