swimsuits

By: Katie Bentley

function of swimsuits:

Swimsuits are a piece of clothing designed to be worn for a water based activity. They can be used for swimming, surfing, water polo, diving, water skiing, and even for sun bathing.

history of swimsuits:

Swimsuits have been around since the mid-1800s. Swimsuits then looked more like dresses than actual swimsuits. The swimsuits were a full length gown with weights sewn at the bottom of the hem so it wouldn't rise in the water. The swimsuits were designed to cover up as much of the body as possible. If anyone their bare legs or bare lungs they would have been arrested for indecent exposure.

major materials:

  • Fabric
  • Synthetic dyes to color the fabric
  • Oxygen reagent to make the colors more uniform
  • Nylon and Polyester

one major materials:

Fabric: The most common types of fabric used in swimsuits are: nylon, polyester, cotton, and spandex. Nylon is used in swimsuits because it dries fast, and it fits the body well. Spandex is also commonly used because of its elastics and how well it fits the body. Cotton is used to make the nylon or spandex not rub the skin.

properties of one major material:

Spandex: Spandex was chosen to be made in swimsuits because of how fast it dries and also how great it fits your body. It is also blended with cotton yarn to create a softer fit. Also to prevent from rubbing the skin that creates raw spots.

origin of spandex:

Spandex was originally created in 1955-1960 to create a better fitting swimsuits. Instead of having large and baggy swimsuits, spandex was created to make a more comfortable and lighter fitting swimsuit.

something extra:

Most swimsuits are sold at these following stores: 1. Target 2. Old Navy 3. Loft

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