For a fashion designer or a patternmaker it is important to know that there are four basic foundation of swimwear. From these foundations a designer can create new lines or versions of swim wears.
The four basic foundations are as follows:
1. Maillot foundation
The cut of the leg line encircles the leg starting of crotch level and ends at varying distance above crotch level, and ends at varying distance above crotch level at the side. This one piece suit is usually cut in stretchy knits and clings closely to the figure’s contour. The maximum stretch goes around the figure rather than up and down. Very little stretch is required in the length of the garment. The little or no bust space.
2. Bikini foundation
The cut of the legline of the two- piece bikini encircles the leg starting at croth level, and ends at varying distances above crotch level at the side. It can be cut in nay fabric. The bra top can be developed with underwire or have little or no bust support.
3. Little- boy leg line foundation
A one- piece or two- piece (separated at or just below the waistline) foundation has legline ending at the shorts or shorty-short length. Since the foundation is developed with waist and side dart control, the bust cups can be added for support, if firm knits( littlee strrtch). This is also an excellent base for tennis garments and bust is defined through the use.
4.Full- figured foundation
The one piece foundation has leg line ending at crotch level. Since the foundation is developed with waist dart control, the bust defined through the use of darts. Bust cups are inserted. This foundation is often used as the base for full bodied or matured figure. It can be cut in all fabrics. It can be cut in all fabrics. The leg line is often distinguished by a short skirt stretched across the leg line just below crotch level.