Courteney had a holiday planned at the end of December with friends. Australians will be familiar with the term schoolies and this was our version, a trip for high school graduates to celebrate the end of the year and graduation, or translated, something to be avoided if you are over 18 years old. She planned to swim while on this holiday and asked me to make her a bikini. She didn't want any bikini though, she requested one that would stay on. I would have thought that would be a prerequisite with any swimwear but it appears that a lot of what can be bought in the shops does not perform this function well during any form of active swimming. It seems that this type of swimwear is more suited to sunning one self on the beach, an activity that is not encouraged due to New Zealands harsh sun and high skin cancer risk.
Our pattern of choice for the bottoms is M'Calls 5400 in size 10, and should come as no surprise to my regular readers given I have lost count of the pairs I have made using this pattern.
Courteney's top pattern of choice is Jalie 3247. This pattern is designed to be used with fold over elastic but I had different ideas. I added 1cm to the edges that required the application of elastic and attached swimwear elastic. The fabric I chose was nylon spandex from Spandex House. I lined the top with white swimwear lining from The Remnant Warehouse.
This was a really quick make. On trying the top on though, Courteney did request cup liners for the top. Since it is complete now, this required that I hand stitch them in but for future versions I will add an extra layer of lining and pockets to insert them. She is however really happy with the performance of the set and has requested a second set.