"She Wore An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny...."
Okay, so it is not exactly yellow and polka dot but none the less does not require much fabric. In fact, a mere 40cm of lycra went into this bikini.
This project started as new pants to replace last years ailing pair. It needed to match a aqua, pink, red and turquoise Roxy bikini top. I was really pleased with my pair of bikini pants made using McCall's 5400 so this was my starting point. Because this bikini belongs to my daughter, I made a size 10 in the bottom. The fabric I picked up in a recent Lyncraft 30% off sale. Good job too because at $35 per metre full price, even at a mere 40cm, this project was going to be costly.
After completing the pants, I realised that I still had quite a large piece left over so decided to make the matching top. This is where I came unstuck. I drafted up a size 8, but after laying the Roxy top on my pattern, found that the shape was quite different. The Roxy top was a triangle whereas the pattern had convex sides. After weighing up the pros and cons, I opted to make the top exactly to the pattern. Big Mistake! After completing the top, I realised that the elasticated convex sides did not sit flat and stuck out revealing the elastic edge. If I could have neatly unpicked the stitching, I could have quite easily fixed the problem, but this stuff does not unpick anything like neatly, so it was back to the drawing board.
It was at this point that I took the remaining fabric and cut a pattern off the Roxy top and made it up exactly the same. I double lined the top using some nylon knit fabric that was gifted to me. The first lining is completely stitched in and the second is a little pocket which enables bra liners to be inserted (see far right hand side of the top).
We are really pleased with the results. The new bikini is exactly the same fit as the original and cost a fraction of the cost of a replacement rtw. I think I may well be called on again for future bikinis.